Nas took his legendary Illmatic album to The Kennedy Center and performed it in its entirety with a symphony orchestra. This is amazing.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda delivers the video for “Wrote My Way Out” featuring Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc.
With P2 out now, Dave East drops a short film for “The Hated” featuring Nas and documents the rise and fall of a pair of Harlem hustlers who idolized the wrong ones on their way to the top.
In the latest trailer for A&E’s upcoming documentary on the life of the Notorious B.I.G., you can catch both Nas and Jay-Z reciting bars from the legendary rapper. Both of them kick bars from “Who Shot Ya?” The documentary premieres on September 4th.
Nasty Nas salutes his fallen Queens soldier while in the Netherlands with a performance of “Shook Ones.”
Shortly after the BET Awards, DJ Khaled unleashed the video for his collaboration with Nas and Travis Scott titled “It’s Secured.” But we still want to know when that Das album is coming out.
Not only did Statik Selektah lie to us when he said that his Lucky 7 album would be his last, but he’s gone ahead and signed a deal with Roc Nation and announced that a new album will be arriving soon. In an interview with Billboard, the producer and DJ dropped science on the new management deal. But, more importantly, gave insight on his new album 8, the whereabouts of Nas’ next album and his collaborative project with 2 Chains.
You’ve mentioned being in the studio with Nas. What’s the latest on his new album?
Some of it is top secret but I will tell you that he’s working on Fashawn’s album. He’s signed to Nas’ label Mass Appeal. They got a new studio over [at the Mass Appeal office], so I’ve been going over there and working with him. Nas has been working on this album for a long time so at any given moment, he can change his mind. I’m not even really sure where he stands with the album, but I will tell you that we have some joints in the stash. So, hopefully, one of those either makes that, or I know that Lost Tapes 2 is eventually coming out. It’s just if the vibes are right.
Your album 8 is slated for a late summer release. What can we expect in terms of artists and sounds on the new project?
I’m really excited about it. I’ve been really stepping up my game musically. You know, you can expect that Statik sound, but it’s just a lot bigger. I got 2 Chainz on there. Me and him have a project that’s dropping really soon. Of course, the fam like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Termanology, Run the Jewels, The LOX, Wale, Black Thought, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn and Conway — who just signed to Shady Records. I’ve been messing with them since the beginning. I’m really excited about that. G-Eazy, Royce Da 5’9′, and obviously, the late, great Sean Price. You know, me and Sean have been close so I’m happy I got something underneath for this one.
You and 2 Chainz have a project on the way. What did he bring to the table that amazed you the most as an artist?
He’s been killing features and his own records for a long time. When you hear these records, it’s just so different. No one has ever done what he did with this project. First of all, he’s rapping like he’s from Brooklyn. It’s just very New York. Basically, a down South guy made a New York album, so I’m excited for that.
Do you have a name for the project?
Yeah, we got a name, but I gotta let Chainz announce that one.
The collaboration between Nas and DJ Shadow now has a video. “Systematic” is a video that uses imagery to make its point against corporate greed, gentrification and railing against the system.
The PBS three-part series American Epic about the early days of sound recordings will debut on May 16th. In advance of that is a snippet of the series, which finds Nas and Jack White covering the Memphis Jug Band’s “On The Road Again” as Nas also gives some insight on this era of music.
Chris Brown and Nas join forces for a remix to the late Chinx’s “Die Young,” a song about the perils of street violence. This comes two years after Chinx was killed.