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Rick Ross never really seemed hungry; it was part of his appeal. When we met him, he was pushing an overblown comic-book kingpin character, talking about knowing “the real Noriega” and throwing speedboat chases into his videos. When his past as a corrections officer came to light, nobody was really mad because his whole character… More »

The summer and fall of 2001 were tremendously exciting times to be a young rap nerd. Jay-Z and Nas were throwing lyrical haymakers at each other, scrambling for the upper hand, using every possible weapon at their disposal to wreck each other. Rap had had plenty of storied rivalries, of course, but we’d never heard… More »

Summer Jam, the annual stadium concert thrown by New York rap-radio giant Hot 97, has been a tradition around the city since 1994, when its lineup included Arrested Development, SWV, and Black Moon. In the nearly 20 years since, the event has grown into a rap-scene circus that serves as an in-that-instant Polaroid of everything… More »

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Pimp C – “Friends” (Feat. Nas & Juicy J)

Pimp C, the more flamboyant half of the legendary Texas rap duo UGK, died way back in 2007. But his widow Chinara Butler has put…
Tom Breihan | November 19, 2015 - 10:39 am

Rick Ross – “One Of Us” (Feat. Nas)

After releasing the surprisingly strong Black Dollar mixtape, Rick Ross is coming out with a new album called Black Market next month; we've already posted…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Jeezy – “God (Remix)” (Feat. Nas)

Atlanta drug-rap czar Jeezy and New York purist king Nas might not be the most likely combination, but for whatever reason, they fit nicely together.
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2015 - 11:42 am

Watch Jay Z Talk On Kimmel, Perform “Empire State Of Mind” At TIDAL X

Last night, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was packed with stars to celebrate TIDAL reaching the 1 million subscriber mark. (For comparison’s sake, Spotify sits…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 10:19 am

Usher – “Chains” (Feat. Nas) Video

Usher addresses police brutality on his new Nas-featuring song, "Chains." The track is accompanied by an interactive video hosted on TIDAL's website that displays photos…
James Rettig | October 16, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Scarface – “Do What I Do” (Feat. Nas, Rick Ross, & Z-Ro)

Later this week, Houston rap originator Scarface returns with Deeply Rooted, his first album since 2008. We've posted first single "Steer," but the song on…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Run The Jewels Hit The Studio With Nas & Zack De La Rocha

Nas released Run The Jewels’ 2014-defining RTJ2 on his Mass Appeal label, and Zack De La Rocha guested on highlight-of-highlights “Close Your Eyes (And Count
Chris DeVille | August 24, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Watch Drake And Nas Star In A New Sprite Commercial

Drake and Nas appear side-by-side in a new commercial for Sprite, made up of footage from their February co-headlining show at Irving Plaza in NYC…
James Rettig | June 15, 2015 - 10:10 am

Watch Run The Jewels Bring Nas To The Stage At Northside Fest

Run The Jewels closed out this weekend's Northside Festival in Brooklyn at 50 Kent, and they brought out Nas during their set to perform his…
James Rettig | June 15, 2015 - 9:57 am

De La Soul – “God It” (Feat. Nas)

The great golden-era rap trio De La Soul has turned to Kickstarter to fund their next album, and they've lined up a roster of guests…
Tom Breihan | April 21, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Spotify Has Compiled The Ultimate 4/20 Playlist

In honor of today's... err... holiday, Spotify has compiled a list of all of the songs most frequently included on 4/20-themed playlists, along with a…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 20, 2015 - 11:48 am

Madonna – “Iconic” (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson) & “Veni Vidi Vici” (Feat. Nas)

It's impossible to describe the roll-out of Madonna's forthcoming record, Rebel Heart, as anything but completely ridiculous. First the record leaked, then Madonna caught heavy…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 3, 2015 - 10:27 am

Watch SNL’s 100% Accurate Jay Z Story Feat. J.K. Simmons As Nas

Besides D'Angelo's stunning musical performance, there was one other highlight on yesterday's Saturday Night Live: Mike O'Brien's The Jay Z Story, "the definitive, fully accurate…
James Rettig | February 1, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tracklist Includes A Song With Chance The Rapper And Mike Tyson

Madonna revealed the full tracklist for her new album Rebel Heart on iTunes today, and there's one especially curious inclusion. "Iconic," the album's ninth track,…
Chris DeVille | January 19, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Watch Beastie Boys & Nas’ Unreleased “Too Many Rappers” Video Directed By Roman Coppola

One of the highlights of the Beastie Boys' final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was "Too Many Rappers," a collaboration with Nas. Roman Coppola…
Chris DeVille | January 12, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Nas – “The Season” (Prod. J Dilla)

Nasty Nas is in your area. He's about to cause mass hysteria. And by "mass hysteria," I of course mean "deep and appreciative head-nodding." Yesterday,…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2014 - 10:26 am

Nas Joins Run The Jewels At RTJ2 Release Party, Shares Dilla-Produced “The Season”

Last night, Run The Jewels found a great way to celebrate the release of their monster sophomore album RTJ2: They hosted a screening of The
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2014 - 11:05 am

Schoolboy Q – “Studio (Remix)” (Feat. Nas & BJ The Chicago Kid)

Schoolboy Q doesn't really do "soothing," but "Studio," the BJ The Chicago Kid collab from his breakout album Oxymoron, is about as close as he…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Photos: Boston Calling

This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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