SONG OF THE DAY: N.Y. STATE OF MIND - NAS
Happy 20th Birthday to the undisputed classic Hip-Hop album 'ILLMATIC'! If you’re a true fan of rap/hip-hop then you already have this album in your arsenal. If you don’t, be sure to head over to iTunes to purchase the re-release ‘Illmatic XX’ NOW! Nas is such a great street poet and he showcases it most on this album. With production from Q-Tip, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Large Professor your ears are taken on a fantastic voyage through Queens … painting a picture of the ghetto life and how he maneuvered through it. I love that the picture isn’t completely dark, Nasir gives you a brighter side as well and motivates you with lyrics such as "I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death" on ‘N.Y. State of Mind’. To this day, that bar excites me & motivates me to be relentless in my field of Music. Another favorite is "I’m out for dead presidents to represent me" from “The World Is Yours” track.
Bottomline, this was one of the best 90’s rap albums; one of the best rap albums period, in my opinion!
Press play, enjoy the rap tunes!
Biggie taught me.Yeezy taught me. Nasir taught me. Hov taught me. Puffy taught me. Now watch.me.work.— Roz-O! (@RozOonTheGo) January 25, 2014
Congrats to Mr. Nasir Jones! He’ll be honored at the 2nd annual Vibe Impact Awards. It’s a pre-Grammy Awards, invite-only gala that’ll be held in Los Angeles on January 24. NAS is a Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum rapper who’s apart of Hip-Hop’s Elite … I say, he’s well deserving of this honor!
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ groundbreaking debut album “Illmatic,” which Vibe editor in chief Jermaine Hall describes in a statement as “arguably hip-hop’s most flawless piece of work. Nas’ ability to clearly capture his surroundings in song is a special talent.”
VIDEO: NBC’S ‘TALK STOOP’ FEAT. NAS
Nasir Jones recently celebrated his 40th Birthday and he sat down with NBC’s Cat Greenleaf to discuss various topic’s. Hear the god speak! xo ROZ-O!
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ROZ-O’S NOW PLAYING: HALFTIME - NAS
One of my FAVORITE Nas tracks! Nothing better than a true lyricist! NOTHING! Exactly why Biggie, Jigga & Nas will always top my favorites list! I was blessed to work this project during my days at Columbia Records/Sony Music and blessed to work with all 3 of my favorites on some level! Press play and enjoy the classic rap tunes!
Rest In Peace ill Will! xo ROZ-O! #illmatic
Shhhhhhhh …… don’t tell anyone that Mariah gave Nas a Louis Vuitton Cigar Humidor for his 40th Birthday! Cuban anyone? I kid, I kid!
NOW WATCHING: IF I RULED THE WORLD (IMAGINE THAT) - NAS
Classic Classic Classic!!! Did I say Classic? OK, so I just read some great news on Mr. Nasir Jones. The Ivy League school Harvard University announced that ‘the 39 year-old rapper is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. It’s a joint venture with Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive which was established in 2002.’ It supports growing reseach in Hip-Hop. Who knew? Hip-Hop + Harvard .. I like the sound of that!
Said fellowship will assist those students who excel in the arts “in connection with hip-hop. 'Life Is Good’ for the lyricist. I salute him and the institution.
LET NAS DOWN - J. COLE FEAT. NAS
Roz-O Approved! Enjoy the rap tunes! Respect the homage!
LIVE PERFORMANCE: NAS PERFORMS AT GOVERNORS BALL 2013
KANYE + JAY + NAS
We are Hip-Hop!
Update: A lot of you messaged me about Jay’s ‘Hello Brooklyn’ Nets Sweatshirt! It’s a Sportique sweatshirt and you too can look like the Cool Kid for $69! Click here. You’re welcome. ;)
NEW MUSIC: WORD IS BOND - JOEY BADA$$
I told you all the other day that this kid was finally on my radar! This song definitely helps. Dare I say it? This song reminds me of classic Nas records! Maybe it’s the production, maybe it’s his delivery, either way, I’m feeling it! You know what? It has a lot to do with it being produced by STATIK SELEKTAH!
Bada$$ is set to release his latest mixtape 'Summer Knights' on June 12th and he’ll release his debut album ‘BadA$$’ shortly after. I’m looking forward to both the album and the mixtape!
He’ll have a cool set-up and follow up for the album release since he’s on the 'Under The Influence' tour with Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, B.O.B. and more! It kicks off July 17th! It’s going to be a HOT summer!
Go to the source Billboard for all of Joey Bada$$’s tour dates.