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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 »

Last week, we skipped this list so that we could run our list of the 25 best videos of the year thus far. So I’ll just take a moment to point out that last week’s list, if we’d done it, definitely would’ve included SoKo’s “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow and” Blood Orange’s “I’m SorryMore »

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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
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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
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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 hi…
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 guest…
Tom Breihan | April 21, 2015 - 12:48 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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SUV Carrying Schoolboy Q Shot At After Show In Colorado, Three Other Passengers Injured

UPDATE: As Pitchfork points out, Schoolboy Q actually may have been a target in the shooting. ABC News Denver reports that Q was in a…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2014 - 9:00 am
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Watch Jay Z Perform With Nas At Coachella

The twentieth anniversary of Illmatic is less than a week away and Nas celebrated in style by performing his entire debut album from beginning to…
James Rettig | April 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm
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Watch Nas, Q-Tip & The Roots Revisit Illmatic On The Tonight Show

Nas's beyond-classic debut Illmatic turns 20 this year, and he's celebrating by releasing a 20th-anniversary reissue and doing the album in full on tour. Last…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2014 - 10:54 am

Watch Nas On Real Time With Bill Maher

HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher isn't generally a regular stop on the promotional tours of musicians with albums coming out, and there's a reaso…
Tom Breihan | April 7, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Nas Announces Illmatic 20th Anniversary Reissue, Tour, Documentary

Among people who are dorks about rap music (hi!), Nas's 1994 debut Illmatic is almost universally regarded as a near-unimpeachable classic of the form, and…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2014 - 3:20 pm
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Watch Nas Play Arsenio

On Monday, The Arsenio Hall Show returned to the small screen after going of the air in 1994. Last night, Arsenio had Nas on a…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 12, 2013 - 2:05 pm
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