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Disclosure - "Latch (DJ Premier Remix)"
DJ Premier was the musical half of Gang Starr. He produced "NY State Of Mind" for Nas and "Kick In The Door" for Biggie and "Come Clean" for Jeru The Damaja.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Nelson Mandela Remembered By Nas As Icon And 'Stand-Up Man'
Queens MC sat with MTV News in 2011 and recalled going to see the fallen leader at a Yankee Stadium rally in 1990 Just a few months after Nelson Mandela walked out of South Africa's Robben Island after 27 years of imprisonment, 17-year-old Nas and his mom, postal worker Fannie Ann Jones, found themselves face to face with the iconic anti-apartheid ... (more)
Wed Dec 04, 2013
EXCLUSIVE: Skyzoo Discusses "An Ode To Reasonable Doubt," ...
Today is the 44th birthday of one of the greatest emcees of all time - Shawn "Jay Z" Carter.
Happy Birthday Jay Z: Here Are 44 Reasons To Celebrate
So what do you get the man who has everything? On Wednesday Jay Z is celebrating his 44th birthday and we at MTV News racked our brains trying to come up with the perfect gift idea.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Mack Wilds: Brash Soul Crooner, Wire Alum, Channels '90s New York
Who: Tristan Paul Wilds, 24, most immediately recognizable as Michael from David Simon's Dickensian drug trade epic, The Wire , or, if you prefer lighter TV fare, as Dixon on the new 90210 .
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Cam'ron and Damon Dash Did a Commercial for Fancy, a $600 M. Startup
Rap moguls and startups collide once again in this new commercial for Fancy , a Pinterest competitor.
ListenUp: Record Store Day: Our look at the special releases and...
Forming in the final year of the '70s in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Replacements ushered in the '80s with their critically-acclaimed American indie rock sound.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
'Black Nativity', A Musical-Drama for Everyone
Being a self-proclaimed in-the-shower, driving-in-the-car, riding-in-the-elevator singing sensation; Black Nativity is the perfect film for a person who always seems to have a song in their heart.
Rap is in a new golden era
The progression of music will always be weighed down by periods of stagnation. Although new rap acts are presented into the mainstream every year, the actual newness of the music is generally overstated.
Thu Nov 28, 2013
Video Check Out: Jarrod Brandreth
Favorite city: MalmA , Sweden. Dream destination: Barcelona or the Maldives. Can't live without: Family, friends, a skateboard.
Nas: 'Snoop Changed The World With 'Doggystyle''
Nas knows a thing or two about classic rap material. While strutting the red carpet for the Black Nativity premiere in Harlem last week, the Illmatic MC saluted Snoop Dogg for making "one of the best albums" with his 1993 debut Doggystyle , which hit its 20th anniversary this past weekend.
Wed Nov 27, 2013
Nas Meets Industrial Revelation at Spekulation
Nas, of course, released "One Love" on his only masterpiece Illmatic . Spekulation, a local rapper and producer whose new collection of instrumentals, Doc Watson , I reviewed last week, combined elements of IR's album with Nas' rap to make something that has a touch of magic.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Nas Talks Hip-Hop On A Stoop In New York City
Nas rocks the Fedora for a new segment on NBC's Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf . Esco claims that rap today has "lost it's integrity, lost it's meaning, lost it's love" and goes on to discuss the n-word, what some of his mantras are, and why suffering is important to art.
Fri Nov 22, 2013
[News] Ab-Soul Discusses Illuminati, Jay Z & Nas Teachings
Ab-Soul, who is currently completing his untitled upcoming album, recently spoke about his views on Illuminati and Hip Hop.
Thu Nov 21, 2013
Nas Talks About How He Feels Hip Hop Is Lost
Queens icon Nas has been very vocal in the past about his feelings on the state of Hip Hop.
Wed Nov 20, 2013
The Daily Beast
Daniel Day-Lewis's Son Is A RapperBy Amy Zimmerman
If you call him Gabe Day-Lewis, he might just 'Gabe Day Lose It.' Here, we present the best lyrics from 'Green Auras.'
Rap lyrics decoded, legally
Trying to decode rap lyrics, as rich as they often are in regional slang and obscure references, can be like watching a foreign-language movie without subtitles.
Fri Nov 15, 2013
Breaking down Apache
A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.
The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend
In 1989, the Black Crowes emerged from that cultural backdrop with a bluesy, '70s-hard-rock edge and jangle-inflected improvisational inclinations, presaging virtually every element of the most recent wave of classic-rock revisionism.