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…

YOUR OLD DROOG – SLEEPERS… [PROD. LARRY FISHERMAN]

A mysterious rapper whose identity is unknown but rumoured to be Nas teams up with the producer alter-ego of Mac Miller – ‘Sleepers…’ sounds like something straight out the annals of MF DOOM.  Larry Fisherman enlists a grainy organ and punchy bassline for the beat, while Droog only adds to his growing reputation as one of the most exciting up-and-comers…

NAS – ILLMATIC XX

Anniversary re-issues of classic albums don’t always get Province too excited, even when the album is Nas’ Illmatic and it’s twenty years old.  However, this time things are a little different.  Side one brings no surprises – it’s a remastered version of the original – nothing wrong with that.  Perhaps it’s testament to just how…

THE ALCHEMIST – THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR 3

Everybody’s favourite producer The Alchemist released the third in his ‘The Cutting Room Floor’ series this Christmas.  Number three includes features from Nas, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Rick Ross, Large Professor and more.  Big Al asked fans to tweet him with what they thought should be the first single, and ‘Pool Hall Hustler’ (a bonus track…