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Posts Tagged ‘Nas’

December 4th, 2012
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The 90's were my golden era, as everyone's high school and college years usually are. The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, Nintendo (aka NES), Saved By The Bell, Michael Jordan and Used Jeans. The 90's were also a revolutionary time for rap music, so I can't help but feel nostalgic when I hear music that reminds me of my younger years. For that reason, I'm absolutely a fan of hip-hop's "Golden Era" by default. That isn't the only reason however. Especially when most rap music we hear on the radio today sounds cheap and superficial by comparison to music from that era. Does that mean we're "trapped in the 90's"? In order to answer that, allow me to qualify the question by explaining its origin.

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August 30th, 2011
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Rock the Bells is a pretty big deal for me and each year I like to write down some thoughts on my experience at the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 22nd, 2011
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We had to put our last episode on hold.  We're sorry.  So here's a special bonus remix episode to hold you over until episode #144 which we'll be recording tomorrow!  We call this the "remix-mini-episode".  Full of some great hip-hop remixes you may have never heard.

We'll see you all next episode,  June 23rd 7:30pm EST.  Hop on the show announcements list.
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June 6th, 2011
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We already know that Elzhi stayed true to the musical style of Illmatic, but he's also following the order in which Nas released his singles/videos. El dropped a video for "Halftime" a little over a month ago, and this time he's back with "It Ain't Hard to Tell". No Gerard Victor behind the camera this time around, but Michael Castelaz manages to provide solid visuals to compliment the track. For those of you who may have forgotten what Nas' rendition looked like hit the jump to revisit 1994. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 24th, 2011
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Five months into 2011 and I'm putting Elmatic at the top of my list of favorite albums this year.  Accuse me of being biased and I'll agree.  I do love Detroit hip-hop. But that's not why I love this album.  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 4th, 2011
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Never thought I'd be posting a track featuring this collaboration ever again, but I guess time has the potential to heal all wounds. With Prodigy fresh out the pen, it sounds like he and Nas must have managed to patch things up while he was on the inside. Funny what can happen when Curtis is no longer in the picture. Anyway, as far as the track, I kinda like it. P doesn't seem to have his full-swagger back, but the dude's been gone for a couple, so you have to give him time to brush off the cobwebs. I'm just grateful the dude didn't convert to Judaism, and decide to have marbles surgically implanted into his mouth like another famous parolee. Alchemist and Havoc provide a solid beat, and the song as a whole takes me back to the late 90's when Nas and the Mobb used to team up on the regular. Hopefully this won't be the last time we see the QB trio together again.

Mobb Deep feat. Nas - "Dog Shit"
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January 18th, 2011
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Sometimes I think about how much I love how technology has made music so much more accessible and allowed us to hear songs we may have never heard otherwise. It's allowed us to create our show, meet some amazing people and be a part of an amazing era in music history. But on the flip side, I can also see how technology has devalued music as well. When I was a youngster, they used to say how cassettes were going to ruin the music business, when in reality, they actually made fans a lot more rabid for new music. People were recording really bad, static-laden, DJ lead-in covered singles from the radio and we all would listen to them on repeat, even after the tape itself started to suffer from degrading sound. At that point you longed just to own the actual album just so you could get the crystal clear version so bad, you'd save up your allowance for four weeks and mow lawns just to buy the real deal!

After a brief twitter convo, I really got to thinking about how great this would be for a show topic. So look out for it in episode #132 of the HoodHype show and get in on the convo!

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August 12th, 2010
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Here's a mini-episode featuring music that you can play safely around young kids and some music your mom would smack you in the back of the head for playing around the little ones.  Yeah, they are major label releases, but it's a mini-episode! Anything goes, even bringing Major in on this one!

Side Note: I made a mistake and left out one of Major's Kid-safe pics which was Cool Breeze - "Watch for the Hook".  Cool Breeze's entire album East Point's Greatest Hits was damn near cuss free.

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April 1st, 2010
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"It's not reggae... it's not rap... it's some different sh*t"

This is gonna be something special.  I'm actually lookin forward to this album a great deal.

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September 30th, 2009
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This looks like its shaping up to be an incredible album.  The video is pretty inspiring in itself.  Shouts to Nabil Elderkin.

Track list of the upcoming Distant Relatives album after the jump.

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