Posts tagged "Nas"

‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ Trailer Features Pharrell, Alicia Keys And Busta Rhymes: Watch

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“I was trying to make the perfect album,” Nas says of his 1994 debut Illmatic, in a just-released trailer for a documentary celebrating exactly that. Directed by One9, Nas: Time Is Illmatic details the creative process behind the Queensbridge, N.Y. rapper’s stunning debut, which received The Source‘s perfect, five-mic rating and became one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time.

Pharrell, Alicia Keys and Busta Rhymes all appear in the Time Is Illmatic trailer to help speak for Illmatic‘s influence. “It’s one of the best albums of all time,” Keys says. More »

Father’s Day Playlist 2014: 8 Songs That Celebrate Dads

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Every year, mothers are praised for their love and dedication for what seems like the entirety of May while fathers are quietly shoved into the background. But this time around, these doting dads will get the shine they deserve here on Idolator! Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 15 — don’t forgot to buy Dear Ol’ Dad a gift!) is a day to spend quality time with the most influential man in your life and make him feel special.

There are so many awesome dads around the world, and many of them happen to be our favorite musicians. Given this, we’ve compiled a playlist that features songs that are either performed by famous fathers or are an artist’s ode to their dads. Check it out below! More »

Coachella 2014: Kid Cudi & Nas Perform Star-Studded Sets, Arcade Fire Brings Out Fake Daft Punk

A week ago, Arcade Fire brought out Blondie‘s Debbie Harry to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.

Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”

Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.

Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »

Jennifer Lopez Honored At GLAAD Media Awards: Morning Mix

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:: Jennifer Lopez was honored April 12 at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, for being an advocate for gay rights and serving as executive producer of The Fosters, an ABC Family series about a lesbian couple raising their children. Watch her touching speech above. [AP]

:: Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys married Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara on April 11. “I said I’d never get married,” Carter has said, a sentiment that fellow Backstret Boy AJ McLean repeated on Instagram (“the wedding that most of u thought would never happen”). [PEOPLE]

:: While Beyonce crashed her sister Solange‘s set at Coachella, Jay Z joined Nas on stage to perform vintage cuts “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From,” reestablishing that their beef is officially a distant memory. [Billboard]

:: Speaking of Nas, the trailer for Time Is Illmatic debuted on April 11. The documentary details the making of the Queens rapper’s rap debut, which turns 20 this year and is still considered his best work. [MTV]

:: Muse paid tribute at Coachella to Nirvana with a cover of “Lithium,” which the English band debuted a week prior at Lollapalooza Brazil. “This next song’s for a great singer who died 20 years ago,” frontman Matt Bellamy said, referring to the recent anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. [Billboard]

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Lollapalooza 2014 Lineup Includes Eminem, Outkast (Shocking!), Calvin Harris & Lorde

It’s the first week of spring, which means — duh! —  it’s time to start thinking about August…and in particular, Lollapalooza. The annual three-day Chicago event (held this time from August 1 -3 at Grant Park) is one of the final big fests to reveal its lineup, and now that the names are out there, you’ll probably notice a lot of familiar faces.

Heading things up is Eminem, a Lolla vet (2011) who will cap the first night. Also scheduled to perform on August 1: Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, Chvrches and others. Outkast, no strangers to the 2014 festival circuit, headline on August 2, while Kings Of Leon — who previously played Lollapalooza in 2003, 2007 and 2009 — are at the top of an August 3 heap that also includes Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Chromeo and Betty Who.

Calvin Harris is on the roster for night #2, and last performed at the festival in 2012. He also did stints at Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil, both in 2012. Full lineup for the 2014 Chicago fest is below. More »

Watch J. Cole Praise Nas At Vibe Impact Awards

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There was “Let Nas Down” and “Made Nas Proud,” and now J. Cole has delivered a heartfelt speech praising his favorite MC. The Born Sinner spoke at the VIBE Impact Awards to tribute Nas, reminiscing about how hearing It Was Written for the first time when he was nine converted him from 2Pac to the Queensbridge legend.

“Once I fell in love with the art form of rhyming it was clear to see what I was drawn to, and it was a few things. It was introspection, storytelling, emotion and lyricism,” Cole said from the podium. “And, during my early romance with hip-hop, there was one rapper who was and still is the poster child for all of those qualities that I just named and that’s Nasir Jones, obviously. ” More »

Mariah Carey Hits The Studio With Nas & Jermaine Dupri

Despite the fact that her fourteenth album has been delayed, pushed back and delayed again, Mariah Carey is finally on the home stretch, now putting putting last minute touches on her upcoming LP The Art Of Letting Go. The songbird posted some behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter, showing her work in the studio with Nas and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri. 

She also posted a picture with her “castmates,” which includes top producers and songwriters like Rodney “Darkchild” JerkinsMike Will Made-It and Hit-Boy, while wearing a studio-friendly sling and a huge smile on her face. Hopefully the icon’s latest will drop sooner rather than later — although it still doesn’t have a release date. (Yikes.)

View the rest of Mariah’s tweets and studio pictures below. More »

Nas Reacts To Kendrick Lamar’s “King Of New York” Claim: Watch

For the past week, the best MCs in hip-hop (as well as Riff Raff and Michael Lohan, apparently) have been grubbing around in the aftermath of Kendrick Lamar‘s now epochal, world-beating verse on Big Sean‘s “Control.”  The track’s most hot-button lines have Lamar insisting that “I’m the king of New York / King of the coast / One hand I juggle them both.” While some NYC MCs have taken the call to arms seriously (Fabolous), and others have basically told Lamar to watch his back (Jim Jones), Nas — who, along with Jay Z, could legitimately lay claim to the five boroughs’ hip-hop crown — has taken an altogether different approach: stuttering, bewildered confusion.

During a quick interview with Miss Info at the Hennessy launch party for their new OS Gemeos-designed V.S bottle (what?), Nas was asked about Lamar’s boasts, and proceeded to stumble through a pretty opaque response: “Wow. My reaction is wow. I love hip-hop right now. …Certain fans like certain eras of rap, certain fans are not up on certain eras, so they don’t really remember all of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, KRS-One, MC Shan and all the way to Busy Bee. This is what hip-hop is all about. You gotta ask [Kendrick what he meant].” Miss Info then asked him if he’s offended by the claim, to which he responded, “I’m a listener.”

So…that’s…something. Watch the interview below. More »

Big Sean’s ‘Hall Of Fame’ Tracklist Features Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Nas, Miguel & More

Big Sean‘s Hall Of Fame tracklist was spotted on Amazon by the keen eyes over at Hip Hop N More before the listing was removed. The August 27 release gets 15 tracks with almost as many guest spots, including cameos from top MCs like Lil Wayne, Nas and Kid Cudi, plus features from Miguel and Ellie Goulding.

The G.O.O.D. Music rapper also snagged a feature from Juicy J, whose own Stay Trippy eclipses even this all-star roster in terms of sheer star power, and drops on the same day. We feel the need to inform you he’s on a track called “Milf” with Nicki Minaj. Check out the full lineup below. More »

Timbaland Slams Posthumous Aaliyah “Duets,” Teases Collab With Nas, Jay Z & Justin Timberlake

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Timbaland has been all over Diddy‘s Revolt, first giving a revealing interview regarding his falling out and subsequent reconciliation with Jay-Z. This time, he’s speaking his mind on the posthumous Aaliyah “duets” proffered by Drake and Chris Brown. In a nutshell: he’s not a fan (was anyone?), saying “it will never work.” He added, “Aaliyah’s music only work with its soul mate, which is me.”

Tim also teased a forthcoming Nas track called “Sinatra In The Sands,” which features Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, and he promises it’s “completely stupid.” Watch up top.