New York rapper Nas is always about putting respect on legends’ names. The hip-hop veteran went online Monday to salute fellow Queens native Roxanne Shante a couple days after her 50th birthday. Look and comment below!
New York rapper Nas‘ daughter is keeping fans updated on her daily grind. The hip-hop veteran’s mini-me Destiny Jones went online this week to share a sneak peek from her wardrobe. Look and comment below!
New York rapper Nas knows Dave East has some serious audio fire waiting to reach the masses. Today, Nasir Jones went online to co-sign the Harlem native’s Survival album finally dropping. Look and comment below!
“Ayo, bless up! Puff Daddy, I want to wish you happy birthday. God bless you, you and your family. Thank-you for your friendship, thank-you for being my brother, just thank you for being you. Matter of fact, I got you hung up in my office. That’s how you know it’s on another level. Alright? You know what I’m saying? I got you hung up in my office so you know it’s on another level. You know what I’m saying? … Thank-you for what you’ve done for hip-hop. Matter of fact, somebody call the person that invented the dictionary. They made a mistake. They made mistake, they gotta fix it ASAP. When they put the word ‘excellence’ and define the word ‘excellence’ they gotta put Puff Daddy, Diddy, Sean Combs in there because you are the definition of excellence. God bless you my brother. Thank-you for everything. Love forever. You’re 50 and you’re just getting started. Matter of fact, you made it, you made it. God bless you. God is great.”
On this day in film history Hype Williams‘ 1998 masterpiece Belly was released in theaters. Starring New York legends Nas andDMX, Belly follows the life and times of Tommy Bunds (DMX) and Sincere (Nas). The two get by as run-of-the-mill professional criminals ducking and dodging their way to their idea of a better life. While DMX’s character is fine with continuing to stick-and-move and stack as much money as possible until it catches up with him, Nas’ role is looking to better himself and move his family ‘back to Africa’.
Although the movie may have been poorly received by critics across the board, this movie help shape a generation. Hype Williams’ portrayal of this side of rap culture electrified not only those who were experiencing the themes of the film; but, it reached the millennials who were soon to take the reigns of pop culture. Films like Belly created an image that was directly emulated by the next generation of rappers. Without it’s influence and appeal the lifestyle led by artists likeJay-Z, Dip Set, and even A$AP Mob might have not have been as glamorized.
The film also spawned one of the greatest Hip Hop movie soundtracks of all time, featuring tracks from D’Angelo, Mya,Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Wu-Tang Clan, and the film’s stars. The soundtrack peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 Top R&B/Hip Hop chart making it one of the highest charting Hip Hop film soundtracks to date. The album’s sole single “Grand Finale” featuring Nas, DMX, Method Man, andJa Rule peaked at #63 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop singles chart.