Nas

Jul
15
Video: Nas – ‘Represent’

Nas

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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Jul
3
New Music: Wiz Khalifa f/ Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, & Nas – ‘We Dem Boyz (Remix)’

Blacc Hollywood

Hol’ up, hol’ up. It’s the remix. Hot on the heels of Puff Daddy’s Dream Team mix with Meek Mill and French Montana, Wiz Khalifa drops the official remix to his Blacc Hollywood anthem. The Taylor Gang chief completely flips the beat and adds Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, and Nas, who steals the show with his verse.

Earlier this week, Wiz announced an August 19 release date for his album and unveiled the cover art.

Hear them boyz make noise.

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Jun
24
Nas Performs ‘Illmatic’ with Orchestra at Dave Chappelle Show

Dave Chappelle and Nas

Dave Chappelle set up shop at Radio City Music Hall for a 10-show engagement, which kicked off last week. After a surprise performance from Kanye West on Friday, the reclusive comedian brought out Nas during Monday night’s show.

Following Chappelle’s stand-up set, the hip-hop icon performed his groundbreaking debut Illmatic in its entirety with help from the Dave Chappelle Orchestra.

With just a DJ and drummer, he continued with his post-Illmatic classics including “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” “Hate Me Now,” and “Made You Look.”

“Epic Night,” tweeted Nas.

Chappelle will round out the week with performances from Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Nas perform “N.Y. State of Mind” below.

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Jun
11
Drake, Chris Brown, Nas, and T.I. Celebrate Maxim Hot 100

Drake

There was plenty of eye candy at Maxim’s Hot 100 Party at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Tuesday. The fellas came out to honor this year’s sexiest women and maybe even pick up a few phone numbers.

After celebrating his homecoming from jail last week, Chris Brown returned to the party circuit. The “Loyal” singer avoided photographers by arriving late and made a quiet entrance with security in tow.

T.I. was all smiles as he hit the red carpet, while Drake skipped the press line and headed straight inside where he met up with Nas and Irv Gotti.

This year’s Hot 100 list of beauties includes Miley Cyrus (#25), Beyoncé (#21), Rihanna (#11), and Katy Perry (#3).

In between partying, Drake has been rehearsing for Houston Appreciation Week, which kicks off Thursday. He will perform at Warehouse Live and host an after-party with Lil Wayne on Friday.

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Jun
2
50 Cent Reunites with G-Unit at Summer Jam

G-Unit

While Nicki Minaj brought out Drake and Lil Wayne, 50 Cent staged a family reunion of his own at Summer Jam on Sunday.

During the end of Nas’ set, 50 appeared to perform “I Get Money” with some help from his fellow Queens rapper.

Following their public fallout, 50 brought his fellow G-Unit members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck onstage for their first group performance since 2008. They ran through hits including “On Fire,” “So Seductive,” and “I Smell Pu**y.”

“The Unit is back,” said Yayo to the crowd of 50,000 at MetLife Stadium.

Trey Songz also joined the G-Unit captain for his Animal Ambition single “Smoke,” Yo Gotti guested on “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It,” and Fabolous debuted the 50-assisted remix to “Cuffin Season.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for coming out. I love you,” said 50.

Watch Curtis and company command the stage.

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May
26
Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Diddy, Cassie, J. Cole, Big Sean, & Nas Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas

Cassie and Nicki Minaj

From Iggy Azalea to Riff Raff, the stars invaded Las Vegas to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

After hosting 1OAK on Friday, Nicki Minaj brought the party poolside to LIQUID at Aria. While in Vegas, the “Pills N Potions” rapper met up with her famous friends including Diddy, her “wife” Cassie, Big Sean, and Riff Raff, who was caught stalking her.

“This n*gg was high out his mind. ‘Allegedly’ Lol,” she said of the NEON iCON. “Pretty sure he followed me out the club.”

Fresh from Florence where he attended Kim and Kanye’s wedding, Big Sean hosted a gig at Haze nightclub, while Nas was at 1OAK and Pusha T performed at The Bank. J. Cole rocked Rehab on Saturday and Diddy and YG held court poolside at Hard Rock on Sunday.

Iggy Azalea celebrated Power 106 DJ E-Man’s birthday at The Bank at Bellagio with Mike Posner and Far East Movement. The “Fancy” hitmaker and her NBA baller boyfriend Nick Young got cozy in VIP while toasting her chart-topping single.

See more pics from the star-studded weekend in Sin City.

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May
16
Nas Launches Mass Appeal Records, Readies ‘Lost Tapes 2′

Nas

Twenty years after making his debut, Nas is taking his career in a new direction. The rap veteran is launching the independent label Mass Appeal Records, where he will release Lost Tapes 2.

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