Nas is still nice. Common is still nice. That said, the plan is for these two MCs to drop a collaborative album called Nas.Com (or Nas (Dot) Com?).
Above, Nas’ video for the Salaam Remi produced “Nasty” from his forthcoming album titled Life Is Good. Below, Common’s video for the No I.D. produced “Ghetto Dreams” from his forthcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, due out November 22.
You see the title of this blog, right? Raekwon with Nas riding shotgun; “Rich & Black” (beat by Sean C & LV) off that Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang. The clip was directed by WOODWORKS and shot while the two old buddies were in Oslo, Norway.
Word is that when recording Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…—see: “Verbal Intercourse”—Esco and Lex Diamond recorded a few songs together. RZA needs to liberate those, one day. [Hat tip to MissInfo.tv via LRG]
Nas and TDK teamed up to create a short film about his childhood experience. In the preview clip above, God’s Son details the not so easy task of taping different radio stations back in the day. Nas’ film is directed by Jonathan Mannion and will debut on January 19. No word about whether that story about the tech on the dresser made the cut.
And this is as good excuse as any to post the criminally underrated “Thief’s Theme.”
Shallah Raekwon hooked up with XXLMag.com and cooked up a new mixtape called Brinks Boyz Presents: Cocainism Vol 2. The Chef’s next proper solo, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is due in September. Hmm, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang was the title of the RZA-less album Rae and Ghostface mentioned when chastising 8 Diagram’s production a few years back. Guess that’s water under the bridge.
Beats courtesy of Alchemist, DJ Scratch, EZ Elpee and Ultimate Beats & Breaks. Coke rap for everybody.
Nas On OB4CL 2 (Video) [2DopeBoyz]
If you don’t know, Salaam Remi has got BEATS. In the vid he drops jewels on Nas’ “Thief’s Theme,” whose beat will.i.am similarly flipped/jacked for “Hip Hop Is Dead.”
For the record: “Thief’s Theme” > “Hip-Hop is Dead”; by leaps and bounds. [Hat tilt: Soul Culture]
The sample is from Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” the Incredible Bong Band’s version, if you were wondering.
My esteemed colleague Jerry Barrow dropped a post called Ski Mask Way: Top 10 Robbin’ ‘Hood Anthems that noted his top 10 crime raps. Since rappers detailing robberies, whether real or imagined, are a Hip-Hop staple, I figured I’d list some of my favs that didn’t make the cut.
DJ Clue f/ OutKast, Killer Mike & Slim Calhoun
“Funkanella,” a track from a DJ Clue album from his days on Roc-a-Fella, featuring a then new jack MC once named Killer Mike who urged you to “Rob-a-fella.”
50 Cent “Ski Mask Way”
Fitty’s “How to Rob” may be the obvious pick, or even the recent “Crime Wave.” But “Ski Mask Way,” from The Massacre, maintains an eerie menace that makes it a jux kid’s anthem. No disrespect to Bad News, VA.
Nas “Thief’s Theme”
“Understandable smooth sh*t that murderers move with.” Nuff said. If Nas made more joints like this, the God’s Son’s status as an all time great wouldn’t be so shaky. Dope video too.
Raekwon “Incarcerated Scarfaces”
Not necessarily a rhyme about crime, but come on, yo! Peep this line: “For real it’s just slang rap democracy, here’s the policy, slide off the ring, plus the wallabees.” One of the greatest Hip-Hop beats, ever. Thank the RZA.
Busta Rhymes f/ Ghostface, Raekwon & Roc Marciano “The Heist”
A thoroughly slept on and criminally underrated album cut from Busta Rhymes’ Genesis album. Ghostface and Raekwon, along with the good Roc Marciano, aid Busta in the verbal crime spree, all over an illy Large Professor track.
Would have been nice if Nas made that album with Premier like he promised in the above mag. About a year ago I was at some random event where Premier was in attendance and I asked Guru’s “associate” what happened with said album. I’ll keep it off the record as promised, but he was none too happy. Well, Nas has other issues to deal with.
Moving on; Nas’ demo from ’91. I repeat, Nasty Nas’ demo from ’91! The songs are raw, but still of a higher caliber than most of the drivel you’ll find on shelves iTunes and bootleg sites today. [Spotted at Kanye's Blog via Blind I For The Kids]
Nasty Nas Demo (RapidShare link)
Let me up something I had in the files; a Nas freestyle from the Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show circa 1990-fresh.
Below, that white guy who used to drop the N bombs’ “Back to Grill” video.