Nas

Oct
30
New Music: Nas – ‘The Season’

The Season

Nas is back. After previewing the song at the Run the Jewels 2 release event in Brooklyn last night, the hip-hop king debuts the studio version of his new single “The Season.” Over J Dilla’s “Gobstopper” beat, he pays homage to the late producer and reflects on not being able to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“Dilla lives on / It’s like he wrote it with me / The soulful sample compliments my rhymes so well,” he raps.

Nas also denies that Jay Electronica or Jay Z inspire his rhymes (“He vacationin’”), and credits his brother Jungle as his source of inspiration.

He is working on the follow-up to 2012′s Life Is Good, and was recently in the studio with Madonna.

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Oct
30
Nas Debuts J Dilla-Produced Single ‘The Season’

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Nas season is here. During his visit to Angie Martinez last month, the hip-hop icon promised that new music was coming soon, and he finally gave us a taste of it. Nas joined Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P on stage during a release event for Run the Jewels 2 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Nas, who recently wrapped his “Time Is Illmatic” tour, congratulated the duo on their new album before playing a snippet of his new single “The Season.” Rhyming over J Dilla’s “Gobstopper” beat, Nas pays homage to the late producer and reflects on being a hip-hop king unable to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“Dilla lives on / It’s like he wrote it with me / The soulful sample compliments my rhymes so well,” he raps.

Nas denies that Jay Electronica or Jay Z inspire his rhymes (“He vacationin’”), and credits his brother Jungle as his source of inspiration.

Preview “The Season” below.

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Oct
1
Nas Says New Music Coming ‘Real Soon’

Jungle, Nas, and Destiny Jones

Twenty years after releasing his debut Illmatic, Nas is still going strong. The hip-hop icon plans to drop new music, and it’s coming sooner than you think.

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Sep
10
New Music: ScHoolboy Q f/ Nas & BJ the Chicago Kid – ‘Studio (Remix)’

Studio (Remix)

ScHoolboy Q unites with QB’s finest Nas on the remix to his Oxymoron single “Studio” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid. On his smooth verse, Nas proclaims his bachelor status (“I’m interviewing, holla”) and reveals that his new album is done.

“Finished up my new album, single about to be droppin’ / Last album on Def Jam and I got so many options,” raps Nas before singing some of the hook.

Groove to the G-mix below.

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Aug
29
Nas Returns to His Roots in ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary [Trailer]

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Twenty years after the release of his groundbreaking debut Illmatic, Nas takes a walk down memory lane in his documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic.

The hip-hop icon returns to his childhood home in Queensbridge and shares stories of his rise to stardom and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20.

The 74-minute film features interviews with his Illmatic producers including Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and DJ Premier, as well as his musical peers Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, and Busta Rhymes.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic opens at the Tribeca Film Festival and select theaters on October 1 and will be available on demand and iTunes beginning October 3.

On October 2, Nas will embark on a 14-city fall tour. Before each show, he will screen the film and perform Illmatic from start to finish.

Watch the official trailer below.

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Aug
12
Nas Announces ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Tour and Documentary Release

Time Is Illmatic Tour

The year of Illmatic XX continues. In honor of the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Nas will embark on a North American tour.

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Jul
15
Video: Nas – ‘Represent’

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Twenty years after its release, Nas’ Illmatic classic “Represent” gets an official video.

The Queens veteran and Mass Appeal held a contest inviting fans to create the visuals. The winner, Brian Katz, was chosen to direct alongside Mass Appeal’s own Jason Goldwatch.

The black-and-white clip was inspired by the soundtrack to the 1924 silent film, The Thief of Bagdad, which DJ Premier sampled on the song.

“As someone who has had Illmatic in heavy rotation for the past 20 years, the opportunity to represent as a true fan in sharing my vision with Nas and have Jason Goldwatch help bring that vision to reality is proof positive that indeed ‘The World Is Yours,’” said Katz.

Illmatic XX, a special 20th anniversary edition of Nas’ seminal debut, is available now featuring rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles.

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