The line up alone had me wondering what this would sound like…not disappointed at all…dope!
Massachusetts producer CHEATCODE gives Nas’ classic “Street Dreams,” taken from his sophomore album It Was Written,’ a rather imaginative mashup of the time-honored single. By combining elements of both Aerosmith’s 1973 single “Dream On” and Ol’ Blue Eye’s vintage ballad “Young at Heart,” over CHEATCODE’s crushing percussion, trembling bassline and crunchy synths, the Commonwealth producer skillfully blends over five decades of music history into one seamless remix. Conceptually, the remix reveals the juxtaposing vantage points of a young Nas revisiting his childhood dreams of being rich, while a seasoned Frank Sinatra dreams of buying back his youth.
This story is crazy. Every person in Hip hop knows the significance of Queensbridge. From Nas, to CNN, to Mob Deep, a lot of talent has come out of Queens. This is the story of one of the illest to ever come from there, Tragedy Khadafi. To understand his story he takes us on a journey through the infamous projects.
This is a great look for Nas. He just inked a deal with Hennessy. He sat down with Miss Info for a Q&A. In this clip he spoke about his favorite pair of Bally shoes, that white fur coat he wore in the “Hate Me Now” video and more. via MissInfo
“I caught a lot of heat for that [hat],” Nas said. “People were mistaking that for Puffy style, but he came to me like ‘This is what you’re doing now. I see it. I know you gonna do the mink.’
“We were going back and forth on the things we saw growing up as New Yorkers, African Americans, watching the older guys doing it. So when we wore it in the video, people didn’t get it. They thought it was over the top, and it was, but it was a style that we were representing that we grew up watching, and adored.”
The Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour made a stop in Maryland with Nas and Ms. Aiko.
Wow! Lauryn Hill performed a spoken word joint called “Black Rage” last night in Dallas. Deep! She’s currently on a “Life Is Good/Black Rage” joint tour with Nas. Damn, I miss her. Listen to the whole thing below. -via Rap Up and 2DopeBoyz
“Obviously this is a song about confrontation,” explained Ms. Hill, who is facing three years behind bars after pleading guilty to tax evasion. “Black rage is founded on drainin’ and drainin’/ Threatenin’ of freedom to stop your complainin’/ Pausin’ your water while they say it’s rainin’/ Then call you mad for complainin’, complainin’.”
The rebellious singer continued with the spoken-word diatribe. “Try if you must, but you can’t have my soul,” she laughed. “Black rage is founded on ungodly control/ So when the dog fight and when the beat ends, and when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad.”
Ill! K’LA links up with Nas for this joint! “…her only mistake is I caught her rocking Takeover…” LOL
This track is dope, I can really dig the sentiment. Shout out to Rap Genius for this. Dreams & Nightmares drops soon. This songs is how I feel.
“…Through the fire I still knew we would reign…”
Heineken held its annual Red Star Access event in Philly on October 13, 2012. This years performers were Wale, Q-Tip and Nas. Here is footage of Nas set at the Electric Factory courtesy of Rick Dange of HipHopSince1987
Don’t know if this is the official video though it says it is, This is the official video to “A Queens Story”, shout out to 2Dopeboyz