Jay-Z is cranking up the star power on Magna Carta Holy Grail. With five days until the album drops, the hip-hop mogul has revealed the lyrics to his all-star collaboration “BBC” featuring Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, and Timbaland.
Nas responds to J. Cole on the remix to “Let Nas Down.” The hip-hop veteran explains that he’s not disappointed with Cole for recording his radio single “Work Out,” and shares some advice for his young disciple.
“You made your ni**a Nas proud/ You ain’t let Nas down,” raps God’s Son.
Cole responded, “Today is special. Full circle moment. @nas it’s on you.”
The stars flocked to Manchester, Tennessee, for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival over the weekend. From Björk to Wu-Tang Clan to R. Kelly, the four-day music extravaganza featured a diverse lineup of talent.
Solange sported braids and shades while rocking the stage on Day 3. She had the crowd singing and dancing along to her hits including “Sandcastle Disco” and “Losing You” off her EP True.
Nas took festivalgoers on a journey of his legendary career, beginning with Illmatic and culminating with Life Is Good.
R. Kelly closed out Saturday’s festivities with a headlining set and shared the stage with Jim James, Billy Idol, Brittany Howard, and John Oates for Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
“@Bonnaroo #superjam with @jimjames @JohnOates … Epic night,” tweeted Kellz.
Check out more pics and stream Nas’ entire set below.
There was no shortage of star power at Kanye West’s 36th birthday bash in New York on Saturday night. Mr. West’s famous friends gathered to toast him at the private celebration at Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z held court in one corner, while illusionist David Blaine posed for a photo with Scott Disick. Fresh off the stage at the Governors Ball, Nas also joined the party.
“Yeezus x Hov x Godson …. The 3 Gods. Happy Birthday to my brotha Kanye!” tweeted Nas.
Kanye’s baby mama Kim Kardashian also sent him a heartfelt message on Twitter. “Happy Birthday to my best friend, the ❤of my life, my soul!!!! I love you beyond words!” tweeted Kim.
Kanye’s sixth album Yeezus arrives on June 18. He is set to perform tonight at the Governors Ball in New York.
It was a historic moment for music when Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Nas, and Timbaland came together in the studio earlier this week. It’s unknown what the icons were working on, but they appeared to be having a good time, sharing laughs over drinks.
Def Jam executive Lenny S. posted the photo on his Instagram page, writing, “JAY x JT x NAS x TIMBO Rat Pack shit. For some this is ‘Work’… For us it’s just Fun.”
“its me, nas, jay, & jt what more could u expect,” tweeted Timbo.
Some veterans and newcomers are descending upon Tennessee for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, and A$AP Rocky are among the acts who will take the stage at the annual music extravaganza.
Following last weekend’s Grammys, the stars migrated from L.A. to Houston for NBA All-Star Weekend. Beyoncé returned to her native H-town with Jay-Z to celebrate Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday at the Museum of Fine Arts. A dapper Ludacris and Nas also rubbed elbows with music and sports MVPs at the swanky soirée on Friday.
Across town, Diddy hosted a kickoff party at The Drake with guests including Drake, Trey Songz, and French Montana.
Meek Mill dropped racks at the strip club with Future and Trae Tha Truth, and hit the stage with Fabolous, Pusha T, and DJ Drama. “#real #flyest #respected ni**as in da game #houston the life is so exciting!” said the MMG MC.
The party continues tonight at the annual “Two Kings” dinner hosted by Jay-Z and LeBron James. See more pics from Friday’s festivities below.
T.I., Rick Ross, and 50 Cent have all faced the wrath of Chelsea Handler. But Nas avoided the hot seat during his visit to “Chelsea Lately” when Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl took over hosting duties for Grammy week. The hip-hop icon and rock legend discussed the Grammys, hip-hop beefs, and their daughters.
Nas, who is nominated for four Grammys at this weekend’s show, feels hip-hop deserves more shine at the awards. “It’s cool. I feel it could be a little bit more love though,” he said. “Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight.”
Grohl also questioned him about the severity of beef in hip-hop. “Once you say it, you gotta ride with it, you gotta be true. Hip-hop is really standoffish. It’s really competitive. It’s really about who’s number one all the time. Sometimes it gets outta hand.”
Nas thanked his daughter Destiny for inspiring his Grammy-nominated single “Daughters” and was asked whether boys feel intimidated to date her. “I thought they would be, but these kids today… These kids are not playing,” laughed Nas. “I had to get strong and let ‘em know.”