"To all the killers and the hundred dolla billers" Hip Hop lost a legend today… RIP PRODIGY, the infamous lyricist from Iconic rap duo, MOBB DEEP. Songs like “Survival of the Fittest” inspired me and increased my undying love for Hip Hop, and "The Infamous", album was one of the best Hip Hop projects of all time. I keep the "Shook Ones Part 2" playing in regular rotation DAILY, as this is one of the few songs that captivate my ears. And Mobb Deep’s influential music has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as a "raw, vivid, and vicious distillation of East Coast gangsta rap". The cause of PRODIGY’s death is yet to be determined, but the “Poetical Prophet” has long been battling with sickle cell disease, where the life expectancy is only about 40 years old. Seems like every other day the world shows you that we’re not immortal. Hip Hop lost another G.O.A.T.
Global Grind writes, "With only (10) days left until the Kickstarter to record their eighth studio album ends, De La Soul teams up with Nas on a new jam titled “God It.” The hip-hop collective’s been recording non-stop in Atlanta, and decided to offer up the G_Force-produced song as a token of appreciation. Unfortunately, “God It” won’t appear on De La Soul’s forthcoming album, but the collaboration is an “indication of good music to come.” Initially, De La Soul was only asking fans for help crowdfunding $110,000 to record their album, but thankfully, the legendary group surpassed their goal and raised a whopping $472,000. De La Soul’s forthcoming album will feature guest appearances by 2 Chainz, Damon Albarn, and Little Dragon."
NAS surprised fans at the Run The Jewels fan appreciation event by launching his new single, "The Season", produced by J Dilla...the best producer in Hip Hop history, in my opinion. This new track and collaboration are perfect and it gives me hope that Nas' new album will be something serious. The song starts at the 1:53 mark.
Life+Times presents an exclusive clip of Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, a new documentary directed and produced by Tariq Nasheed. The clip features commentary by NAS and David Banner. The film premiered in select theaters Thursday, June 26th 2014. The rest of us may have to wait for the DVD release.
NAS is performing in my home city of Miami tomorrow at the SOULFRITO - Urban Latin Music Festival at Sun Life Stadium. Anticipating his arrival stirred up a lot of emotions regarding my relationship to Hip Hop. As you read this letter, please don't judge me. Thanks
It took an event as big as the 2014 SOULFRITO - URBAN LATIN MUSIC FESTIVAL to bring 'one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists', BUSTA RHYMES, Rap God, NAS, and Academy-Award winner, JUICY J, together on one stage in MIAMI! These three heavy-hitters, alongside Puerto Rican actor and King of Reggaeton, DON OMAR, will be performing LIVE at SUN LIFE STADIUM in Miami Gardens this weekend on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014!! The lineup also includes such top names as Latin sensations - VICTOR MANUELLE, HECTOR 'EL TORITO' ACOSTA, PLAN B, SENSATO, CALMA CARMONA, and SUENALO with explosive music by DJ CAMILO, DJ ENUFF, SOULFRITO COLLECTIVE, DJ ENTICE & DJ JUNIOR! The Urban Latin Music Festival is hosted by recording artist and actress, ADRIENNE BAILON, and by the Dominican American presenter of Nuvo TV's 'Stand and Deliver' stand-up comedy show, the beautiful JULISSA BERMUDEZ.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS won 4 Grammy Awards last night including Best New Artist and Rap Album OF The Year for "The Heist", beating out Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. During Macklemore's 'Same Love' performance, 34 couples were married in the aisles of the Staple Center in L.A. With his memorable performance and Grammy wins, the world is focused on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Nas and Busta are an explosive combination, on 'Rough Around The Edges'. This ill song was suppose to be on Busta's 'The Big Bang' album, but he said he had to choose between it and 'Don’t Get Carried Away' ("a better concert song"). Bad choice…'Rough Around The Edges' is WAY better. The production on this is bananas! Hi-Tek is a vicious producer. And it’s tracks like these that are forever stamped in the fabric of Hip-Hop antiquity.
This is just a quick post sharing that new NAS & J. COLE joint. Nas is the Rapper of Rappers, and he always surprises me with how lyrically nice he's getting with age. Relevance, intelligence, elegance, Nas embodies what Hip Hop should be appreciated for. The original version of this song sent a chill up my spine due to the honesty. This version warmed my heart. Glad Nas received it well and threw a verse on it of reassurance. This is great stuff. Props
This is beyond brilliant! Artist Jay Shells channeled his love of hip hop music and his uncanny sign-making skills towards a brand new project: “Rap Quotes.” For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations." Photos are captured by Animal New York.