With one of the few classic albums in rap history under his belt, it is not surprising that Nas has been able to adapt and adjust his sound throughout his career. But now as a veteran in the game it is always good to hear Nasir return to his old school roots as he does on “The Season”.
Handed a trumpet-laden beat from the late J Dilla which would of fit right in during the 90’s, Nas feels at home on “The Season”. There is no word yet on a larger project from Nas but “The Season” is a clear reminder that Nas is a legend in the game for a reason.
Listen to “The Season” below.
With so many quality tracks on his debut album, few expected that it would be “Studio” which would standout above the rest for ScHoolboy Q. Now he is revisiting the booth and bringing along a legend for the “Studio (Remix)”.
He’s been busy at work on features for other artists, but now ScHoolboy is collaborating with one of the best on his own “Studio (Remix)”. While there is no changes to Q’s content, it is the opening verse from Nas which has everyone visiting the “Studio” this time around.
Listen to “Studio (Remix)” below.
For hip-hop purists, old school rap junkies and Nas fans alike, there was no biggest album drop so far this year than Illmatic XX. While it may be 20 years since Nas released his classic album, it doesn’t seem to be too late to finally drop a video for “Represent”.
One of the many tracks, if not all of them, off Illmatic which will live on forever in rap history, “Represent” has always deserved the music video treatment but until now has never seen the screen. Now Nas is returning to his younger years as he puts together quite the visual to partner with one of his all-time greatest hits.
Watch the official video for “Represent” below.
The push towards Blacc Hollywood is in full force for Wiz Khalifa. Recently he revealed the official artwork for his fifth studio album along with the star-studded and unexpected sequel to the project’s lead single.
WIth a revamped beat and a trio of big names beside him, Wiz Khalifa put it all in for “We Dem Boyz Pt. 2”. Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q and most surprisingly Nas join Khalifa as he remixes the track for the second time. This version should no doubt get the attention of those who just weren’t feeling the original.
Listen to “We Dem Boyz Pt. 2” below.
To stay with the times, Jennifer Lopez completely switched up her sound the last few years. While those who enjoy the pop/dance craze this was a welcomed change. However, for those who grew up with J. Lo this sound was not quite accepted. But now it seems she is ready to get back to her roots.
Over a looped sample from “They Reminisce Over You”, Lopez sounds like the old Jenny on her brand new single “Troubeaux”. Off her upcoming album A.K.A., “Troubeaux” features a verse from Nas who wold never appear on the majority of what J. Lo released recently but “Troubeaux” fits these to together perfectly.
Listen to “Troubeaux” below.
There are few rap albums who that have been labelled a classic. There are even less which are put out for a second time for their 20th anniversary. Nas‘ Illmatic just so happens to be one of them but for it’s re-release he is switching the masterpiece up a bit with tracks like “One Love (LG Main Mix)”.
Along with the album’s original content, Nas decided to include some all new material and mixes on Illmatic XX. One of the highlights from this second disk is “One Love (LG Main Mix)” which brings a smoother hook to the forefront but it is Nas’ immaculate flow which continues to shine even 20 years later.
Listen to “One Love (LG Main Mix)” below.
Despite his success of his first album and breaking through with the hit single “Work Out”, J. Cole was not satisfied with his effort after he found out he had disappointed Nas with the radio-freindly track. This story is chronicled in Cole’s track “Let Nas Down” off his recently released album Born Sinner. After a listen to the entire album, it seems Nas’s opinion has made a complete 180.
After being overwhelmingly impressed with Born Sinner and the original version of “Let Nas Down”, Nas decide to hop on the track and give a dedication to the MC he named the next big thing. Offering up his praise, Nas spits about his own journey in the game and how proud J. Cole has made him. It seems as though the torch has now been passed.
Listen to “Let Nas Down (Remix)” below.