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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 few other fun facts. According to Spotify, 75 percent of the 40,000+ 4/20 playlists on the site were created by men, and unsurprisingly, the most-streamed 4/20 track is Cypress Hill'… More »

By: 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 flak on the web for regramming fan-made art that depicted black civil rights leaders' faces in the style of her album cover, and a few weeks ago we learned that… More »

By: 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 biopic" of Jay Z's rise to fame that mock's Hollywood's obsession with cheap biopics and the industry's tendency to shove white guys in leading roles whenever they possibly can. O'Brie… More »

By: 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, features both young hip-hop talent Chance The Rapper and legendary boxer/outrageous person Mike Tyson. Madonna popped up on Chance's Instagram in late 2013 and again last October, around the same… More »

By: 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 shot a video for the song featuring all four rappers in a grocery store and other commercial environs (Ad-Rock's thinkin' Arby's), but it was never released. Fortunately, a fan o… More »

By: 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, we posted footage of Nas showing up at Run The Jewels' record-release party and debuting his new song "The Season." The track is out now in all its hi-fi studio-versio… More »

By: 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 Warriors, basically the best movie ever, at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema. At the screening, they had a special guest: Nas, whose Mass Appeal label released RTJ2. And the old king took… More »

By: 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 gets. The song is about working and wishing you were having sex instead. Nas isn't having any of that, though. In his verse on the track's new remix, the ra… More »

By: 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 with Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Nas, Spoon, the War On Drugs, and a lot more. Above you can find a gallery of performance shots and portraits by photographer Lui… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm

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 an SUV with all three shooting victims, though he wasn't personally hit, according to a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. They still haven't found whoever shot at the SUV. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 9:00 am

Illmatic Turns 20

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am

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 end at his Coachella performance. The only interlude from the album was when Nas was joined by former rival Jay Z to perform "Dead Presidents" and "Where I'm From." Diddy… More »

By: James Rettig / April 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm

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 night, he appeared on Jimmy Fallon's rebooted Tonight Show, performing the Illmatic track "One Love," which Q-Tip produced, with Tip himself sitting by his side and playing hypeman. And ofMore »

By: 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 reason for that. The show doesn't host musical performances, and musicians can get a bit swallowed up when they're thrown onto a panel full of experienced pundits. That happened, sort of,… More »

By: 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 quite possibly the general-consensus best rap album ever made. If you can read headlines or do basic math, you've probably already figured out that Illmatic turns 20 this year, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 3:20 pm

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 as his musical guest. If you recall from Nas' 2008 untitled album, the rapper ad-libbed "Bring back Arsenio" on track "Queens Get The Money" and, according to the late night host,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 12, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Watch Dave Grohl Interview Nas On Chelsea Lately

Last night, Dave Grohl interviewed Nas on Chelsea Lately about his four Grammy nominations and the way hip-hop is portrayed at the awards show. The two continued on to discuss the competitive nature of the industry, and why rappers tend to have beef with one another. Watch it below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 6, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Watch Nas On Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, Nas served as musical guest. He brought a live band and soul singer Anthony Hamilton with him for the sincere and intense song "World's An Addiction" and further solidified the fact that he's become one of our more dependable late-night TV performers. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2012 - 10:20 am

Nas – “Cherry Wine” (Feat. Amy Winehouse) Video

On "Cherry Wine," a song from his pretty-great 2012 album Life Is Good, Nas got a posthumous guest appearance from his late buddy Amy Winehouse. And in the song's new video, Nas plays a bartender who bonds with a woman who very, very vaguely resembles Winehouse, while all the patrons dress way, way too well. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Nas – “Bye Baby” Video

Life Is Good, the startlingly good Nas album, ends with "Bye Baby," in which the rapper bids farewell to his ex-wife, the singer Kelis. It's not a spiteful or angry song; it's fond and pensive and full of perspective, not exactly something you hear too often in breakup raps. And the new video, from director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 31, 2012 - 9:09 am
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