7 hrs ago
Slam X Hype
#ThrowbackThursday: The Best Winehouse Raps
Amy Winehouse was a very unlikely candidate for the role of "hip hop muse". Her soulful take on contemporary tunes and her tumultuous, tabloid-trailed existence endeared her to an audience that adored her "ratchet" behavior - before that word was attributed to anything outside of a toolbox.
13 hrs ago
[News] Nas Advises Kendrick Lamar On Following Up A Classic Album
Nas addresses comparisons between "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and "Illmatic," says comparing the two isn't fair to Kendrick Lamar.
14 hrs ago
[News] BabyPaul Signs Drift To His D.O.E./Transparency Label
BabyPaul, the producer known for his work with Nas and AZ , has signed New Jersey rapper Drift to his D.O.E./ Transparency label.
18 hrs ago
Nas Speaks On Discovering His Ancestry Via PBS Series "Finding Your Roots"
Throughout his career Nas has used his music to explore and present historical information he felt was relevant to his listeners, so it's not surprising the Queens emcee took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about his own family history.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Musician Nas finds his family tree in PBS series
When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
PBS press tour highlights Downton, Nas on Finding Your Roots
The stars of Downton Abbey aren't the only luminaries whom journalists will chat with during PBS's portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour today and Wednesday.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
U.S. rapper Nas has London crowd spellbound with '...
Many in the crowd at the Lovebox Festival in London this weekend were not yet born when U.S. rapper Nas released his groundbreaking "Illmatic" two decades ago, but they seemed to know all the lines anyway.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
The New Yorker
The Eternal "Illmatic"
Hip-hop abounds with birthday references. Most involve partying, birthday suits, and, though food in rap is its own great subject, cake.
[News] Fashawn Says Nas Approves Of "Ode To Illmatic" Mixtape
"I told him I was scared to put it out," Fashawn says in an interview with AllHipHop .
Slam X Hype
It only took 20 years for Nas to release the video for "Represent".
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his seminal debut album Illmatic, Nas recently held a contest inviting fans to collaborate and produce the official music video for "Represent," the influential track off of the classic release.
Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on 'Friends & Lovers'
Ever since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart's gravely raps as part of the early '00s British neosoul duo Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius has always stood out.
Watch: Nas Bring Out Fashawn In Cologne, Germany
While performing in Cologne, Germany on his European Illmatic XX Tour, Nas brought Mass Appeal's newest signee, Fashawn to the stage.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Nas Takes Rolling Stone Behind the Scenes of New 'Represent' Video
When Illmatic , Nas ' seminal 1994 debut, was reissued in April for the album's 20th anniversary, hip-hop fans were treated to countless retrospective reviews, a documentary on the film, a performance by the 40-piece National Symphony Orchestra and extensive interviews with the rapper himself.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
The Culture: Where is Hip-hop Going?
A wise man once said on arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time, "people be asking me all the time, what's gonna happen with hip-hop.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
Chicago rapper Jelani Latiff holds nothing back on 'My Soul to Keep 2'
Today, the rap world seems to be missing a socially conscious voice. Someone that can talk about having a good time, but also talk about real issues, not just bragging about what they have.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Babyfaced Photos of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Mary J. Blige + More From a New Book
Snoop on the set of his first video, "What's My Name," directed by Fab 5 Freddy, Long Beach, California, 1993 Call it an instance of being in the right place at the right time -- with the right talent: Bronx-born photographer Lisa Leone came of age in New York City in the early '80s just as hip-hop was exploding across the five boroughs.
Fashawn Signs With Nas' Mass Appeal Records, Announces Album Release Date
The ink is dry and the cynicism has settled, Fashawn is officially signed to Nas' imprint Mass Appeal Records.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
The Memphis Flyer
Mega Philosophy: Q & A with Cormega
The New York City borough, Queens, is home to the nation's largest housing projects: Queensbridge.
[News] Nas Can't Let Slowbucks Return To Queens, Shyne Says
Shyne also says Nas influenced him and asks the "Illmatic" emcee how he's been "so hot for 20 years."
[News] HotNewHipHop Lists "15 Classic Hip Hop Debuts"
HotNewHipHop has published "15 Classic Hip Hop Debuts," a list of debut albums that the publication deems worthy of the "classic" label.