SWIZZ BEATZ – POISON

Swizz Beatz’s highly anticipated album ‘Poison’ dropped last week.  Executively produced by the Hip Hop stalwart, the album’s list of features reads like a roll call for the genre’s hottest, with J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Giggs, Nas, Pusha T all delivering verses.  Singles ‘Pistol On My Side’ and ‘Come Again’ are the obvious…

NAS – NASIR

‘Nasir’ is the new, self-titled album by New York Rap legend Nas.  The album’s executive producer Kanye West teased the release on Twitter earlier this summer, before its live-streamed premiere last night underneath the Queensboro Bridge in Nas’ native Queens.  With features from The Dream featuring heavily, beats by Ye and of course the seemingly-obligatory…

NAS – ILLMATIC: LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER

If you ask me as a record collector, a Hip Hop head or anything else that is related to these two terms, I will tell you that ‘Illmatic’ is a straight-up classic. I also think it’s one of the few records that every Hip Hop fan has in his collection or knows about. Nas is…

DE LA SOUL X NAS – GOD IT

De La Soul are currently working on a crowdfunded album that will be entirely created from samples of their own music, while Nas very recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of the seminal ‘Illmatic’.  New track ‘God It’ features both over production from G_Force, and while it won’t appear on De La’s album, it’s “an indication of the good…

VERIFIED ARTISTS WE LOVE ON GENIUS

For those living under rocks, Genius is an online knowledge base that allows users to annotate text with their own explanations/interpretations.  It started life as Rap Genius in October 2009, but has since broadened its horizons towards other genres, the news, and pretty much everything.  Our favourite thing about the site [apart from its comprehensive catalogue of…

NAS – THE SEASON [PROD. J DILLA]

At the Mass Appeal launch party for ‘Run The Jewels 2‘, Nas joined El-P and Killer Mike on stage to share a new track, claiming that the style of music was similar [it most definitely is not].  Hopping on J Dilla’s classic ‘Gobstopper’ beat, Nas proclaims this to be ‘The Season of Nasir’.  With his…

COOKIN’ SOUL – SOULMATIC INSTRUMENTALS

Following the original ‘Soulmatic‘ mixtape, on which the Spanish DJ duo teamed up with Nas to pay tribute to ‘Illmatic’, Cookin’ Soul release the instrumental version of the project.  In their own words, the vision for the project was “not to just remix ‘Illmatic’ as such. Actually Soulmatic only contains 4 remixes from the original album… Also…