NBA All Star weekend festivities kicked off righteously in New York City as Hot 97’s All Star Weekend Tipoff show with Diddy and Snoop Dogg turned into a rousing party as the likes of Dr. Dre, Nas, The LOX, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, 112, ILOVEMAKONNEN and Keyshia Cole to the stage. Check out the highlights.
Madonna and Nas tag team for this track off of Madonna’s Rebel Heart. And, yes, Madonna is kicking bars alongside Nasir Jones.
Nas appears in Hennessy’s commercial titled “The Ride” and kicks some a capella “NY State Of Mind” rhymes on the subway.
Nasir Jones connects with Sony to perform the Illmatic classic “The World Is Yours” a cappella. Shot for Vice Japan, the video is to help promote Sony’s new line of Music Video Recorders (which were used to shoot the video).
Here’s a little background on the series titled “Most Valid Reason.”
In celebration of Nas’ 20th Anniversary of his debut album “Illmatic”, we got to hang out with him and record his accapella version of “The World is Yours” using our Music Video Recorders from Sony (http: //www.sony.net/mvr). He nailed it, obviously. Also known as HDR-MV1, or MVR for short, these bad boys are made so the average Joe can shoot a high-quality music video with relative ease. It doesn’t hurt that they record with CD-quality audio (or the always Internet-friendly AAC format) and are accompanied with a 120° wide-angle lens. Not bad. To watch some more music videos shot with these cameras, head over to the link below and tune in to “Most Valid Reason”, an original music video series showcasing a plethora of fine works created using the MVR. #SonyMVR #YourAudienceAwaits
After AZ put his own spin on the J Dilla produced “The Season,” DJ Rhude decided to put together a version with both Nas and AZ on the track.
After previewing the song at a Mass Appeal event for Run The Jewels 2, Nas unleashes the full version of his J Dilla produced song “The Season.”
Yes, you read that right. Nas has a song produced by J Dilla that he previewed at a private event for the Killer Mike and El-P Run The Jewels 2 project. The beat may sound familiar as it is “Gobstoppers” off of Dilla’s Donuts. But despite the familiarity of the instrumental, the blessing that Nas gave it will leave your head spinning. No word when or where the full song will drop.
Pete Rock drops a new mixtape in honor of the new Nas documentary film of the same name by Erik Parker and One9.
Nas appeared on PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and had the opportunity to trace his family origins back to the 1800s. Watch what happens when he finds out who purchased his great, great, great, grandmother Pocahantas Little.
“We introduced Nas to five generations – we’ve never been able to do this before for any African American – five generations of his enslaved ancestors,” host Henry Louis Gates told the TCA in July. “And we showed him an extremely rare document, something we’d never seen before, an actual 1859 bill of sale for his 3rd great grandmother whose name was Pocahontas Little.”
In celebration of the release of the “Time Is Illmatic” documentary, Nas hit “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” for a special performance of the classic “NY State Of Mind” with The Legendary Roots Crew providing the music. You’ll have to fast forward to the 8-minute mark to catch the performance.