25 Jan

Raekwon – Rich & Black feat Nas

22 Jun

Plantation Mentality: Young Guru Drops Science on the Music Business

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08 Oct

“Deaf Jammed”: Nas Pens Letter to Record Label Execs’

Nas Very Unhappy With Def JamPeace to all,
With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800?s, respect me and I will respect you. I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation This isn’t the 90?s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me. Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment. You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!

20 Jun

Distant Relatives – Nas & Damian Marley

Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives

These brothers might not be related but they do have chemistry

It has been a long and winding road to Zion, or perhaps the road actually leads from Zion. It would after all be fitting considering “Road to Zion” which was on Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock LP, is the first time Damian Marley and Nas collaborated. It was an effort that went so well that they decided to do an album together, and unlike past collaborative album efforts between rappers and non-rappers, this effort is a truly cooperative and harmonic effort. The common root between Hip-Hop and Reggae is thoroughly appreciated by those who truly understand the history of Hip-hop but this album is perhaps it’s deepest expression. Recorded mostly in front of a live band Distant Relatives (more…)

06 May

Nas rocks ESPN for E60 Amputee Soccer

Nas narration about corrupt governments and civil war of course lacks context!But we do not blame him.
But this is still something you want to see

01 Mar

It’s really cheaper to keep her

happier timesby Ooh Papi
When you marry you better be sure especially when you are rich.Rapper Nas realizes its cheaper to keep her– he’s trying to win back his estranged wife, Kelis (despite the fact she’s suing him over child support) and now he owes the IRS a huge chunk of change.

TMZ reported the tax lien the IRS slapped on Nas back in October to the tune of $2,584,206.31. Now, according to court docs, Nas’ bill has ballooned to a whopping $3,365,671.26. TMZ initially broke this story but the racist characterization they use by referring to Kelis as a baby mama implies black couples dont get married has forced many to look elsewhere for the Nas/Kelis updates. (more…)

13 Jul

Music Review: Nas – Nas

Nas - NasNas – Nas
Release Date: July 15th, 2008

Eyecalone says ….

I went back around my old hood the other day. I didn’t see a lot of the brothers I used to hang with, and as much as has gone on in our respective lives, that should have come as no surprise. I still have love for them, but even if I did see many of them there wouldn’t have been much more than a little small talk before I eventually “kept it moving”. Why am I telling you this you ask? What does this have to with Nas’s new LP, formerly titled “Nigger”? (more…)

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