Happy Birthday to One of the Greatest Lyricists of Hip-Hop History: Nas

Today marks the 45th birthday of one of hip-hop’s most treasured lyricists, Nas.

By many, Nasir Jones is number one on their top, 10, 5, and 3 lists of the greatest emcees to ever touch the mic in Hip-Hop history. Marbled as the prodigal, deep, and lyrically intellectual spitter, Nas’ coming into Hip-Hop owned multidimensional potency. Not only was he a dexterous battle rapper, but the Queensbridge emcee was also gifted with a melodic touch for wax.

His 1991 debut on Main Source’s “Live At the BBQ” was an impressive display of the young Nas’ lyrical dexterity, on a collective track with ridiculous blows.

“Verbal assassin, my architect pleases/When I was twelve, I went to hell for snuffing Jesus,” Nas easily launched the most compelling debut of a Hip-Hop emcee.

The mesmerizing drop eventually leads to a deal with Columbia Records, where he goes on cement a legacy.

Over the course of two years, Nas huddled some of the culture’s best producers of the time, Large Professor, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, and Pete Rock to mold the echo of his debut album, Illmatic. The 1994 gem gained the likes of Hip-Hop purists and the young black youth. Drawing up the panoramic narrative as the young black boy from Queensbridge on the quest for survival, the 10-track piece is considered to be the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time.

The lyrical finesse of Escobar season continued to sizzle throughout Hip-Hop’s most prominent’s eras with profiled classics such as his certified sophomore debut, 1996’s It Was Written followed by I Am…(1999), Nastradamus (1999), Stillmatic (2001), God’s Son (2002), up to 2018’s NASIR.

Nas has truly made his way into the prestigious lines of Hip-Hop heights. As of 2018, Nasty Nas is certainly heralded as rap royalty, respectfully. His influential reach stands beyond his lyrical supremacy, but his unmatched spirit which is true to the art form of rap.

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest lyricists in Hip-Hop history, Nas.

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YG Labels Tekashi 6ix9ine A Pedophile In “Bulletproof” Video

YG uses a 6ix9ine look-alike to tell us how he really feels.

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Michelle Obama Set for 10 City Tour to Support ‘Becoming’ Book

Our favorite former first lady Michelle Obama will be heading out on tour to support her upcoming book, Becoming. Kicking off in her hometown of Chicago, Mrs. Obama will begin her tour on November 13 and hit some of America’s biggest hot spots in Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas and more.

The tour promotes “intimate and honest conversations between Mrs. Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her deeply personal book.”

Parts of ticket sales will go to support local community groups, schools and more, however, tickets are limited and need registration to be completed for the opportunity to grab tickets when they go on sale on September 21. Complete your registration now at becomingmichelleobama.com.

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JOIN ME ON MY BOOK TOUR! www.becomingmichelleobama.com #IAmBecoming I’m from the South Side of Chicago. I went to Princeton and Harvard. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I’ve been a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive, and First Lady of the United States. I like to call these my “stats” – the shorthand we all seem to default to whenever we tell our stories. Where are you from? What do you do? What school did you go to? As I’ve written my memoir, BECOMING, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my story, mining it for the kinds of details I’d usually just brush off or even forget about—the narrow taillights of my father’s car, a talk with my mother on a drive home, the heat of my daughter’s forehead when she ran a fever. And in doing so, I’ve realized that those surface-level “stats” don’t really tell my story at all. This fall, I’d like to share that fuller story with all of you on my book tour. It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes and worries. It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it—blemishes and all. Go to BecomingMichelleObama.com to find out where I’ll be and how to get tickets. #IAmBecoming I hope to see you somewhere along the way!

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Eminem Says Dr. Dre Felt the Original ‘Kamikaze’ Album Too Aggressive

Dr. Dre recently revealed that he wrapped up Anderson .Paak’s new album but he also had a hand in another high profile release, Eminem’s Kamikaze. During his interview with Sway, Shady revealed that his album was toned down some due to the good doctor.

“Dre’s input was all over it. There’s a couple songs that he kinda deaded them. Just because, he didn’t have a good reaction to him and he felt like one of ’em was going a little far,” Eminem said.

If Dre felt Eminem was going too far it is interesting to see what was left on the cutting room floor. Eminem’s Kamikaze unleashed a wrath on everyone from DJ Akademiks to Charlamagne Tha God to Joe Budden to Machine Gun Kelly. There are plenty of other names that come in between, so Em was definitely feeling some type of way.

In the first part of the sit-down with Sway, Eminem sent a warning shot of sorts to Machine Gun Kelly, letting him know that the diss will be answered and the reason that he is attacking the rapper is very petty.

Keep your eyes peeled for more from Eminem, in the meantime check out part two of the Sway interview below.

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Wale Drops Third EP of 2018 in ‘Free Lunch’

Wale has had a productive 2018 and keeps the momentum going with the release of this third EP, Free Lunch. The new EP comes behind It’s Complicated and Self Promotion, packing another five songs. This time Wale brings in help from his friend and frequent collaborator J. Cole for the “My Boy” Freestyle, which is followed up by Eric Bellinger on “Right Here.”

Back in August we heard Wale take on the “I Wish I Missed My Ex” Remix, which followed the video for “Black Bonnie.” Be sure to check out the new offering below.

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YG Takes Aim at 6ix9ine in ‘Bulletproof’ Video

You thought YG forgot about that beef he had with Tekashi 6ix9ine? Not hardly. The West Coast representative released the video for the single “Bulletproof” from STAY DANGEROUS and takes aim at his foe with the supporting video.

If the rainbow being tagged with the word “Pedophile” wasn’t enough to make 6ix9ine feel some type of way, perhaps the visual of a Tekashi look alike entering jail and not receiving a warm welcome from fellow inmates will ruffle his feathers.

Long story short, the beef is definitely on and YG wants the smoke. Peep the video below and if you need a refresher of the beef, be sure to go peep YG’s visit to The Breakfast Club.

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YBE Talks Underground Hip Hop, His Rise & Ski Mask Mafia

Exclusive interview with rising So-Cal based Hip Hop artist YBE.

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King Moe – “Afford” | MIC SESSION

King Moe out of North Carolina stops by our HQ and laces an exclusive Mic Session performing, “Afford”.

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Spanky Loco – “Down To Ride” Ft. Johnny FF (Video)

Rising Los Angeles, CA based Hip Hop artist Spanky Loco releases his new video titled “Down To Ride” featuring Johnny FF.  Produced by Niles Davis.

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Ariano – “Never Been Underground Enough”

As veteran SoCal based Hip Hop artist Ariano prepares us for his upcoming EP, Wherever You Go, There You Are, he releases out an unfiltered and introspective look at the course of his career while striving to stay true to himself in an industry hellbent on finding the next disposable hottest thing with a powerful one-off, standalone single, “Never Been Underground Enough.”

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