Nas – Pre-Illmatic Demo

Listen to an epic soundtrack, the legendary’s Nasir Jones’ demo tape. This is prior to his landmark LP Illmatic. It’s scary how over twenty years ago he was light years ahead of his current competition. Listen for yourself.

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Nas In-Depth Interview With Anthony Decurtis

Nas Sat down for an Hours Interview to talk about his Album ‘Life is Good’ and The state of Hip-Hop. In this interviews he mentions Notorious B.I.G (Biggie), 2Pac,He also Disses Lil Wayne, After lil wayne said ‘I’m the New Pac’, He talks about Gunplay attacking 50 Cent, Violence in ignorant rappers, Past Hip-Hop Album ‘Hip-Hop is Dead’ His favourite lyrics and what inspired him, Advising Young Generation, and a lot more.

 

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Review

“Roman Holiday” introduces listeners to Minaj’s sequel to Pink Friday. It’s Minaj at her best and worst at the same time, a polarizing bouncy track equipped with vocal impersonations sure to keep her fans thoroughly entertained and her naysayers clutching at their opinions a little tighter. But, neither side can make a case against her originality.

“Come On A Cone” sports a boring beat and a boring flow from Nicki as she comically sings “Dick In Yo’ Face” repeatedly – quite frankly the highlight of the track.

“I Am Your Leader” features guest appearances from Rick Ross and Cam’Ron. There’s nothing special about the track, not the beat, not the verses. Nothing.

“Beez In The Trap” with 2 Chainz is more of the same – a subpar lyrical performance and a teenager’s attitude for a chorus.

Note: I’m bored as shit listening to the album at this point. I’m waiting for some talent to showcase itself instead of these insults to my intelligence and time.

“HOV Lane” still doesn’t do anything to entertain me. The beat is simplistic and her hashtag, Tourette’s Syndrome flow manages to be utterly forgettable. I guess she’s earning points for consistency at this point.

“Roman Reloaded” has a catchy hook and some harder punchlines. Lil Wayne stops by for some humorous metaphors of his own and finally, we have something I could bop my head to and sing along with. “Bang, B-B-Bang, Bang, Bang.” 

“Champion” hits on a deeper note with an airy production and heartfelt lyrical composition from Minaj, Drake, Young Jeezy, and Nas. A dope track for sure.

“Right By My Side” is surefire Hip-Pop at its finest with R&B prince Chris Brown. It’s a radio friendly sentimental love track as only Nicki can compose.

“Sex In The Lounge”, a lustful track featuring Bobby V and a second appearance from Weezy is a pretty bland track even though there’s some intense sexual advances in the lyrics.

“Starships” is Nicki’s pop dance track – a fun, catchy, party anthem sure to bang in the clubs and dance halls. Don’t listen if you’re looking for lyrics and swagger. It’s a feel good track and it does its job efficiently.

“Pound The Alarm” follows suit perfectly with the previous track as another dance hall offering. I can see a lot of drunk college kids jumping around to this track, too.

“Whip It” is poppy, romantic, house music; a little on the overkill side for Hip-Hop fans.

“Automatic” continues Nicki’s venture into dance club music.

“Beautiful Sinner” is actually a hot dance track. The beat is energizing and Nicki’s auto-tune is catchy. She does a good job of capturing the sexual chemistry between lovers who are actually no good for one another.

“Marilyn Monroe” sees Nicki liken herself to the legendary sex kitten. The beat is well-bodied with an eclectic coupling of sounds to which Minaj smoothly rides over. Good shit here.

“Young Forever” is a full-fledged love song with a good performance from Nicki over a solid production.

“Fire Burns” is Nicki standing her ground against an unfaithful lover. Her songwriting here is strong and the beat is pretty fresh.

“Gun Shot” features Reggae king Beenie Man is a cohesive mix with the last batch of love songs. Nicki’s still singing but still sounding very good over the light production.

“Stupid Hoe” is Nicki giving the dance tracks the sudden cold shoulder. She’s as obnoxious as ever on this track, just as the name suggests. But, since she’s getting at Lil Kim with it then it works. It’s a juvenile offering but entertaining nonetheless.

“Turn Me On” picks Nicki’s dancing shoes right back up. You can’t penalize her for making this type of music as it’s the popular wave right now.

“Va Va Voom” and “Masquerade” is more of the same. She’s singing her heart out and riding over pop beats with harmonizing efficiency.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is Nicki Minaj at her most Pop Iconic. The character, attitude, irreverence, and swag are all loaded in abundance on this album and it’s obvious she has become something more than an just an emcee, she’s an entertainer. Her talent stretches far and wide into realms of music outside of Hip-Hop as she stage dives head-first into Pop and Dance platforms then back into her own brand of hashtag, A.D.D. Rap. Sure, the cohesion on the album is pretty spotty at times but she’s determined to wow audiences of all genres, not just that in which originally made her famous. She sings, raps, screams, and downright entertains in her own unique fashion on her own unique terms. And that will always be a respectable asset for any artist to maintain.

17/22

77% 

Legendary AZ Speaks On Eminem’s “Infinite” Album Influence & Competition With Biggie

AZ is still the only emcee to ever have spawned a contract deal with a major label from simply one verse – the historic first verse on “Life’s A Bitch”. He’s remained relevant in a culture notorious for its short attention span for seventeen years by compiling a catalog of 9 albums (his latest, {Do Or Die II} is on its way). The Brooklynite is a surefire Hall-Of-Famer with a unique style of delivery said to have inspired another legend in the game, Eminem.

Check out this excerpt from an article posted by HipHopDX discussing, among other things, his influence on Slim Shady:

For anyone still wondering over a decade later what the man Eminem can be heard emulating on the title-track to his 1996 independent debut, Infinite, thinks of the inspiration he provided to the pre-Slim Shady superstar-to-be, that curiosity can finally be quelled.

“Oh wow, nah, I never peeped that, where that’s at?,” replied AZ when asked by HipHopDX on Tuesday (March 27th) if he has ever heard “Infinite.”

Eminem’s monotone and multisyllabic delivery over the Jazz-tinged track for “Infinite” drew its inspiration from AZ’s lyrical exercise “Rather Unique” from The Visualiza’s classic debut album, 1995’sDoe Or Die.

“I know I read something in Vibe where he said that AZ and Nas influenced him,” added Sosa. “And that was a good look. I appreciate that a whole lot.”

“Actually, I’m trying to get some production from him now as well,” he further revealed after being asked if he and Em had ever interacted with one another. “We’ve bumped heads. We have shook hands and saw each other before, but we never really politicked. Yeah, but I definitely need that production from him.”

Click here for the entire article posted on HipHopDX: http://bit.ly/GYajsI

Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Nas, Young Jeezy – Champion

The Barbie drops a bomb of a track with collaborators Drake, Nas, and Young Jeezy. Here’s “Champion”:

“I saw my first two million dollars, I was 23, I’m barely a man yet I had some killers under me, this ain’t rated PG, this rated PJ, ‘Cause that’s where a nigga from, murder on replay…”

IRS Getting In Nas Ass For Them Taxes!

Check out the report by TMZ:

The next time you buy a Nas album, you’re really just handing your money over to the government — because the rapper’s delinquent tax filings have caused Uncle Sam to begin garnishing his wages … TMZ has learned.

As TMZ first reported, Nas is in tax debt up to his eyeballs … if his eyeballs were $6,000,000 tall.

So the government has finally tired of waiting for Nas to pay up, so they fileddocuments in the state of Georgia to have his wages garnished — via the music publishing organizations BMI and ASCAP — until the debt is paid off.

So if you like Nas, but hate the government … perhaps you’ll want to find an alternative way to listen to his music.

Nas Shares Fresh Insight On New Album

XXL reports Nas has offered new details about his upcoming LP, {Life Is Good}.

“A lot of the tracks have [come from ideas] where I would take an idea from one of the guys that I’m working with and try to put it together with a different sound that I had in my head, or with someone else,” Nas recently told MTV News. “[I] just try to get people to collaborate who are not really used to working together and to get something different from me.”

Check here for the full article: http://bit.ly/GLOoYD