Death of Album Artwork: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3

With the blogosphere buzzing over the latest leak of the artwork and rumored tracklisting for Jay Z’s Blueprint 3, I’m caving under pressure to offer my two cents. Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Jay-Z head and witnessing the way fools jock his every move isn’t propelling me into fandom. For some … Continue reading

Nick James Presents The Original Samples

One of my personal favorite producers (and people, period), Nick James recently put out two comprehensive compilations of original samples to his remixes: American Producer and The Nas Remixes. If you aren’t knockin’ those by now, you better catch up! For my fellow archivists and music enthusiasts, you will undoubtedly appreciate these collections of rare … Continue reading

The Making of Illmatic

The Making of Illmatic (XXL, April 2009) via Rappers I Know via Okayplayer

Hip Hop Royalty

Nas and Kelis confirmed pregnancy rumors last night at the Grammy Awards. Nas told MTV he’s not going to know the baby’s sex until sometime next week. He has a 15 yr old daughter from a previous relationship. “I got another one coming in ’09, yeah! That’s what’s up!” he gushed (via Vibe).

Nick James Presents: The NAS Remixes

Oakland producer Nick James has remixed Nas songs from Illmatic, I Am, The Lost Tapes, God’s Son, Streets Disciple, and more. Songs like “Ether,” “The World is Yours,” “Purple,” “Black Zombie,” “N.Y. State of Mind Pt. 2,” “Get Down,” “You Know My Style,” and many more were all given a new feel and new life. … Continue reading

City of God’s Son

“City of God’s Son is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, “Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster … Continue reading

If I Ruled The World

I just peeped the following clip on Miss Info TV of Nas performing “If I ruled the world” to wifey Kelis at Capitale in Manhattan on Tuesday with N.E.R.D, Spank Rock and Grandmaster Flash (quite an impressive line up). I couldn’t resist posting it if only for the “I love you, love you baby” moment. I … Continue reading

What The F*** Is A Jay Electronica?

“Thanks a lot, Jimi Hendrix”

He Said, She Said: Nas

Silhouetted against the sunset, Nas looked out into the crowd and said, “I don’t believe in politicians or none of that. I believe in the people.” — Jeff Chang

What’s At Stake?

What’s at Stake: The Top 10 political issues affecting Black America Premiere – Tuesday 8/26 @ 9pm EST on BET Encore – Wednesday 8/27@ 9pm EST on BET As you know, Wesleyan folks stay doing big things and alumni Tony Ducret is at it again. After grinding on the Hip Hip vs. America series, Ducret continues … Continue reading