Nas and Erykah Badu join forces for “This Bitter Land” off of the soundtrack of “The Land” (which Nas executive produced) about four teenagers from Cleveland who are willing to do anything to change their lives for the better. The song finds Nas rhyming over violins while Ms. Badu channels the energy of Nina Simone for this excellent song. Check out the movie On Demand on July 29th.
French Montana recruits Kanye West and Nas for the “Figure It Out” video. The trio hang out at an airline hangar as motorcycles zip around and do stunts.
The visuals for the J Dilla, Nas and Madlib joint “The Sickness” have arrived.
DJ Green Lantern continues his onslaught of remixing old songs from the vault and this time Nas gets the treatment.
For the mixtape, Nas game me a bunch of vocals from songs he wasn’t gonna use and I made new songs with those. “Cops Keep Firing” originally started as an extra verse he didn’t use on “Be A N*&^ Too.” I made a new beat, added the scratch hook and when he heard it he did a new second verse too it. Up until now it’s only been available on that mixtape (with shout outs, drops, etc). Here it is, CDQ and re-mastered for heavy knock in your Beats be Dre’s.
– DJ Green Lantern
What would happen if Dilla, Nas and Madlib collaborated? Well, here’s a taste as Nasty Nas rocks over a Madlib production (taken from the JayLib album) with a posthumous verse from J Dilla on the appropriately titled “The Sickness.” Off of J Dilla’s The Diary album dropping April 15.
During the Mass Appeal “Live At The BBQ” show at SXSW, Dave East and Nas connected on stage for a live performance of “Forbes List.”
While at SXSW, Nasty Nas gave fans at the Mass Appeal concert a taste of the collaboration with J Dilla titled “The Sickness” that Madlib produced from the upcoming Dilla album The Diary.
Did you know that Nas and Biggie almost ended up collaborating for a remix to “Gimme The Loot?”
Let that sink in for a minute…
In an interview with DJ Khaled, Nas revealed that he and the Notorious B.I.G. were in the studio working on a remix to “Gimme The Loot” when marijuana ended up undoing it all.
“He wanted to get me on Ready To Die, and by the time I finished my first joint that was already out. He was trying to get me on Ready To Die, and it never happened. So he wanted to do the ‘Gimme The Loot’ remix,” said Nas. “He put up the beat, and I started writing. But he started smoking.”
Esco continued, “He had some of that chocolate. He lit some of that up, and it was late. We’re lit. I’m like, ‘I ain’t got nothing. This is over today.’”
The rest of the interview is pretty dope as well but that jewels is a headrocker.
Nas recently announced that another posthumous J Dilla release will be coming courtesy of the Queensbridge emcee’s Mass Appeal record label. Titled The Diary, you can check out the first single titled “No Introduction” and prepare for the album’s release on April 15 with the tracklisting below.
1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem f. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club f. Nottz & Boogieman
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) f. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
7. Gangsta Boogie f. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex f. Bilal
12. So Far
13. F*ck The Police
14. The Diary
Usher continues to tackle social injustice with his latest video for “Chains” that features Nas and Bibi Bourelly.
“‘Chains’ is my way of spreading light on the issues we face in our social injustice system. As artists we have to use our platform to spread awareness and inspire action. Please visit chainshub.org and @sankofadotorg to learn how you can get involved and build a more effective social movement.” – Usher