Nasir Jones sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his upcoming album, “Illmatic’s” anniversary, and his upcoming drama series, “Street Dreams.”the rapper’s upcoming autobiographical drama series on Xbox, is set to be a genuine portrayal of his life.
This year marks Illmatic’s 20th anniversary, an album which aged gracefully two decades after it was released, and is in the discussion for greatest hip hop album of all time. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
On The 20th anniversary of Illmatic
“It’s like I gave myself a fortieth birthday present 20 years ago. It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I’ve come from, my accomplishments, my dreams.”
Nas also says a new album is coming “sometime in 2014″ and after the release of IllmaticXX
The QB rapper felt Xbox was the ‘perfect partner’ for this type of content, especially with Million of active Xbox live accounts out there, and Xbox Music growing larger every month. I am very enthusiastic about this release and to see how it turns out.
Nas has announced that his seminal debut album, Illmatic, will be released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX, on April 15th by SONY Legacy. This exclusive collection will feature several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary. RapGenius.com is now exclusively streaming the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Stink Mix).” In addition, fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on iTunes and both the 2CD set and 1LP vinyl via Amazon.com. Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks.
“With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue’. I’m here today because of Illmatic.” – Nas
n conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic – a feature length documentary film that examines the album – will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/produer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations’ Just Films and Tribeca All Access. More information will be released on the film in the coming months. For more information go to http://www.TimeIsIllmatic.com.
Check the tracklisting below. Who is hype to see Nas perform, “Illmatic,” in it’s entirety?
Disc 1: Remastered original album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State Of Mind
3. Life’s A Bitch
4. The World Is Yours
6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
1. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)
5. One Love (LG Main Mix)
6. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)
7. One Love (One L Main Mix)
8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)
The concert promoter who claims he was kidnapped because rapper Nas didn’t show up for a scheduled performance is now suing the rapper for $10 million.
In December 2011, Patrick Allocco alleged that he was kidnapped in Angola because the rapper didn’t show up to a New Year’s Eve concert after allegedly taking his $300,000 performance fee.
Allocco told TMZ that he and his son were kidnapped by men working for a local concert promoter, who held him at gunpoint in order to turn him over to local authorities. Allocco says he was held against his will for 50 days, during which time he was beaten and threatened.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday, Allocco claims he sustained psychological, physical and financial injury during his ordeal, losing his home and company in the process, reports The New York Daily News.
According to court papers, Allocco claims that Nas received the $300,000 fee in advance, but instead of playing the show in Angola, he was in Miami attending a New Year’s Eve engagement party at the home of basketball player LeBron James.
So far the rapper’s camp has not commented on the lawsuit.
Rap beefs seem to be popping up all over the place, and one of the key figures in a couple of the more notable beefs is Gucci Mane, who is never afraid to speak openly, or hate openly. In a recent video of a behind the scenes shoot following Rocko, one of Gucci’s affiliates, Mane had some unflattering things to say about Nas.
Rocko was discussing with the man filming the scenes how impressed he was with Nas’ numbers on his most recent hit album Life Is Good, and how it was accomplished with minimal marketing and promotion.
Gucci then came into the studio and chimed in, and said that the Queensbridge veteran actually doesn’t have much, even saying “Nas fucked up right now.” He then continued to talk about the rides him and Rocko has, and insinuates Nas has nothing.
“Did Nas make 150 blood money first week off a mixtape? Yeah, blood money. Nas fucked up right now,” Gucci said in an interview posted on Complex. He then continued, speaking to Rocko, “You got a Rolls Royce. I just bought me a … Don’t you got a drop top and your brother got one with the hard top? You got the white one and I am getting the black one?,” then asks, “ Nas got one?”
It will be interesting to see if Nas catches wind of this and bothers responding, or if any type of friction comes out of this.
New Video from Island Def Jam singer/songwriter K’LA featuring Nas
K’LA was born in Gary Indiana…Birthplace of some guy named Michael Jackson.
Nas & Kelis are desperately trying to bury the hatchet after their famously bitter divorce war — in fact, they’re even trying to forge a FRIENDSHIP — and Nas says, it’s all for their son. You’ll recall, Kelis filed for divorce from Nas in April 2009 and the split was nuclear. The two warred non-stop over custody of their son and money. Kelis said when she was 7 months pregnant she was broke yet Nas refused to give her a penny — even for medical expenses. Now, Nas says the two are trying to put the past behind them in order to develop a healthy relationship for the benefit of their 3-year-old son Knight — but they are NOT reuniting romantically. The rapper says they’ve been on good terms for a while now and he hopes it will continue. Nas and Kelis even grabbed dinner last night in L.A. together. Impressive.
19 Year old up and coming U.K. pop singer Arlissa featuring Nas.
The young South London-raised songstress released the single following a break-up with her boyfriend of three years, but the song went viral and caught the attention of Nas, who flew her out to LA to cut the remake. Check out the brand new music video above, the single is expected to hit iTunes in late September.
Godson Nas & Kool G Rap…..Can it get any more nostalgic?
The Firm was an American hip hop supergroup that formed in New York City in 1996. It was created by rapper Nas, his manager Steve Stoute, producer Dr. Dre and production team the Trackmasters. The group was composed of East Coast-based rappers Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature, who served as a replacement for Cormega after he was ousted from the group.
Although the group received initial hype and high expectations from fans upon their formation after collectively signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, The Firm’s debut album, The Album (1997), generated disappointing sales and generally negative criticism. The album, which featured predominant mafioso rap-themes and production from Dr. Dre and the Trackmasters, was criticized for its mainstream, pop-orientation. Their debut album was the group’s only release and it subsequently disbanded in 1998 with each member continuing their solo careers.
You never know what you’re going to get with Nas, perhaps hip-hop’s most inconsistent genius.
Will he deliver an album filled with trenchant insights into race, struggle and the dehumanizing mechanics of the music industry? Or will he do an album where he grumbles about new rap trends and then brags about his wealth over ill-fitting glossy Diddy beats? But the man made Illmatic, so he gets a million chances to get it right.
But regardless of the quality of the actual album, Nas almost always leads with a hot single, and he’s recently had two: “Nasty” and “The Don”, the latter featuring production from the late Heavy D as well as well as Da Internz and Salaam Remi.
Both singles found Nas sounding engaged and nimble atop classic-sounding New York boom-bap production. So, here’s hoping his new album Life Is Good, which will officially be out July 17 via Def Jam, lives up to the anticipation.
The exact tracklist is not yet available, but we do know that the third single, “Daughters,” will drop in early May, and will feature beats from the always-reliable No-I.D. Additionally, a video for “The Don” will premiere this Friday.
(NBC New York)
Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones; born September 14, 1973, aka Nas, is an American rapper, actor, and songwriter. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara.
Nas is often listed, mentioned, and ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers in history. MTV ranked him at #5 on their list of The Greatest MC’s of All Time. On a similar list, MTV 2’s “22 Greatest MC’s”, compiled by the results of an online poll, fans voted Nas as the 4th greatest MC of all time. Editors of About.com also ranked him #4 on their list of the Top 50 MC’s of Our Time (1987–2007), making him the highest ranking rapper of his generation (ahead of The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and 2Pac).
In December 2002, Nas released the God’s Son album including its lead single, “Made You Look”. The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts despite widespread internet bootlegging. Time Magazine named his album best hip-hop album of the year. Vibe gave it four stars and The Source gave it four mics. In 2003, a live performance in New York City, featuring Ludacris, Jadakiss, and Darryl McDaniels, was released on DVD as Made You Look: God’s Son Live
Rap veteran Nas took to his Twitter page this week to answer fans’ questions on topics including his relationship with Foxy Brown, the passing of Amy Winehouse, past issues with Cormega and more.
Responding to questions via the social platform, Nasty Nas took on a variety of topics.
“ASK ME SOMETHING RAW!!! #AskNas,” he tweeted August 3rd.
“Them some big n&ggaz. Shouts to them. RT @joeyquack: @Nas Whos fatter Rick ross or Fat Joe? #AskNas”
“Smile RT @scottymac5: @Nas if u ran into bill o’reilly in the street what would u do/say #asknas”
“Just got off the phone with AZ. RT @Hassansins: @nas still tight with az? #asknas”
“I rock to Waka right now RT @comedian_ac: @Nas #AskNas better rapper soulja boy or wacka flocka”
“I have both!!!! iPhone I’m still figuring out! I suck with tech stuff RT @justFriendly: @Nas #ASKNAS Blackberry or iPhone” (Nas’ Twitter)
The rap veteran also answered questions relating to his ex-wife/singer Kelis.
“Not fully. I changed it a lil bit RT @PrinceBama U cover up that Kelis tattoo yet breh??”
“RT @MolestMeRihanna: @Nas : Who the better rapper Kim or Nicki#AskNas”
“Comparin them doesn’t make sense. Kim sh*t is straight legendary n historic n amazing. Nikki is the new queen of the world.”
“@Isislaz Beef is some corny sh*t. We grown. That was my guy from way back. Shouts to Mega.”
“Can’t forget Foxy Brown n Kim all day. Shout out yo Nicki!”
“Amy was my sister. Genuine person who spoke her mind & didn’t give a F*ck! “
“We shared the same bday! We was planning a party this Sept 14th! I gotta celebrate for her!”
“Thank u for ya time! Until the next ep’… Deuces! #AskNas” (Nas’ Twitter)
In 2007, Winehouse revealed her admiration for Nasty Nas.
“There’s so many people I’d love to work with: Nas, Mos Def. I’d love to work with Busta Rhymes, I’d love to work with Rah Digga … I love them,” she said in 2007. “I learned a lot of stuff about how to write songs from people like that. I just really like them, and if they like my stuff, cool. … If they want to do a track, I’d love to.” (MTV)
A few months ago, Nas talked about working on an upcoming solo album.
“It’s about to be solo time,” Nas told Tim Westwood when asked about his next album. “Solo time, it’s gonna be crazy. I heard something that [Damian Marley’s] working on, he’s gonna kill them. I’m excited to get him. I got two [songs]. I’m just starting. I did the writing but it’s like, I’ve been so busy going all over the place. It’s like, hard, so when we get back after we’re done in Europe, we good for a while. But our thing continues. So when I drop the solo, [Damian] drops the solo, we still got tour offers. Non-stop and it’s hard to stop the tour…I’m dying and D, I know you’re dying to do the solo stuff too…Shout-out to Raekwon. I seen him last night. We’re talking about dong some stuff. I can’t see why he won’t be on my next album.” (Tim Westwood TV)
This is the full version of Common’s single featuring Nas off his forthcoming “The Dreamer, The Believer” LP coming in November 2011.
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