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.
With the theatrical release of the documentary “Nas: Time is Illmatic” looming, the good folks at Hennessy put together this remarkable infographic that breaks down the connections between who and what inspired Nas classic album and how that album influenced the people around him.
Filmmakers One9 and Erik Parker give some insight on their 10-year-journey to create the documentary on one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time. Presented by Hennessy, “A LOOK INSIDE OF NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC” is the perfect precursor to the film.