In between plotting his next album, Nas drops some knowledge on the remix to Rudimental’s “Free.” The original, which features Emeli Sandé, appears on the British group’s album Home. Nas uplifts with his powerful words, while Emeli drives it home on the soulful chorus.
The Nas remix will appear on a remix EP, due Nov. 18, along with remixes from Maya Jane Cole, Roy Davis Jr., and Jack Beats.
Next year, Nas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic with an album repackage and concert.
Nas has been laying low while he records the follow-up to Life Is Good, but the hip-hop icon took some time to update The Huffington Post on his latest projects including his new album, clothing line HSTRY, and his partnership with Hennessy.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic next year, he is planning to repackage the album and throw a concert.
Nas, who recently turned 40, also shared more details about “Sinatra in the Sands,” his Timbaland-produced collaboration with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, and his “banger” with Mariah Carey.
After the fight, it’s the after party. Following Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s victory over Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, the stars turned up in Las Vegas with parties all over the Strip.
Ciara made a quick trip to the Prada store to grab a fresh pair of kicks before heading to The Bank at the Bellagio. The stylish singer, whose bags didn’t make it onto the plane, put up her dukes while sporting a “Lover Not a Fighter” sweatshirt.
The Ciroc was flowing freely as Diddy (who lost $1 million to Rick Ross in a dice game) hosted an after party at the Palms Pool, with guests including Rozay, Tyga, Bow Wow, and 2 Chainz, who was dressed in all white.
After his star-studded bash in New York, a tuxedo-clad Nas celebrated his actual 40th birthday at a pre-fight party with LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes before heading to TAO for the grand finale.
Nas kicked off his 40th birthday celebration with some of his closest friends and family in New York City. The hip-hop icon was dapper in a pink tux as he arrived at the black-tie affair, which was held at Avenue on Thursday night. His daughter Destiny and father Olu Dara were among those who joined him at the dinner table.
Mariah Carey, who collaborated with Nas on the remix to “Thank God I Found You,” rocked a sparkly sling over her injured arm as she toasted the birthday boy, while other guests included Pusha T, Melanie Fiona, Jermaine Dupri, Tyson Beckford, and Maino.
“#LifeIsGood right about now. Celebrating my 40th all night with my people,” tweeted Nas, who turns 40 on Saturday.
Guests sipped Hennessy and dined on lobster and strawberry shortcake, while DJ M.O.S. worked the turntables. The Queens MC received some fancy gifts including a Hublot watch and bottle of Hennessy Paradis Imperial.
Arsenio Hall returned to late night this week with some help from Nas. Following performances from Snoop Dogg and Mac Miller, the hip-hop icon was the musical guest on the third episode of “The Arsenio Hall Show.” With some help from Victoria Monet, he performed “You Wouldn’t Understand” off his 2012 album Life Is Good.
The talk show host explained how Nas’ lyrics inspired him to write the theme song for his new show, while Nas returned the compliment.
“Arsenio Hall is the official king of late night television,” said Nas, who turns 40 on Saturday. “I’ve been watching you since I was a young boy and you have the best show in the world, so this is a big deal to me. I’m honored to be here.”
Jay-Z has some big guests on Magna Carta Holy Grail, but he crafts the most star-studded track of the year with “BBC.” Hov calls on Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland for the designer-name-dropping cut, produced by Pharrell.
Nas pays his respects to the late Gianni Versace, while Jay celebrates a life filled with Maybachs, Versace plates, and Basquiats. Bey, Justin, and Tim sing background vocals and Swizz provides ad-libs.
If you weren’t able to download the album on a Samsung device, you can now pre-order it on iTunes. It will be available online and in stores on July 9.