1. Baz Luhrmann Examines Early Hip-Hop in Netflix Series 'The Get Down'

    July 31, 2016 12:19 PM EDT As Baz Luhrmann walks on set for the press day of his first television series, The Get Down , he can't separate his professional self from his personal self and settles in by directing his own interview. Notorious B.I.G. Scripted Comedy in the Works at TBS Ever so apologetically, he…

  2. Nas & Mass Appeal Tap Ty Dolla $ign, Mannie Fresh, Machine Gun Kelly & More for 'Live at the BBQ' Show

    July 13, 2016 9:41 AM EDT Central Park is getting ready to fire up the grill for Nas ' annual  Live at the BBQ  going down later this month. Mass Appeal  recently announced the stacked line-up for the Summer Stage set which will include Ty Dolla $ign , Danny Brown , Machine Gun Kelly , Araabmuzik, Mannie Fresh,…

  3. From Street Disciple to Lyrical Messiah: A Look at Nas' Sophomore Classic 'It Was Written' 20 Years Later

    July 06, 2016 4:00 PM EDT For decades, Nas  has been synonymous with rap genius. A legacy that began with his now iconic debut, 1994's Illmatic, the Queens, New York native sparked a debate that pit his future albums against his alpha project. That same discussion especially holds true to Illmatic ’s predecessor…

  4. Nas Talks 'Ghostbusters'-Inspired Lines and Sartorial Heroes

    May 21, 2016 5:50 PM EDT At Friday night's Italia Independent x Ghostbusters event in New York City (May 20), drinks with names like "Who You Gonna Call?" flowed as people waited on the man of the night: special collaborator and rap veteran  Nas , who teamed with French boutique colette and his own…

  5. Watch J Dilla & Nas' Eye-Popping Video for 'The Sickness'

    April 27, 2016 12:00 PM EDT After making its premiere at SXSW in March, J Dilla and Nas ' infectious collaboration "The Sickness" gets the visual treatment courtesy of director Ruffmercy. Images of the  late ra pper/producer (he passed away in 2006) and the Queens lyricist create colorful collages in the…

  6. Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli to Headline 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

    April 04, 2016 3:28 PM EDT Nas , Fabolous ,  Talib Kweli and Rapsody are the first big names announced for the 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. The annual event, produced by Brooklyn Bodega, Inc. and the Bodega Agency, will take place on July 13-16 and give fans four days of beats, rhymes, film, photography, DJs,…

  7. Vans, Slacker Cool for 50 Years, Is Banking on More Music to Maintain Its Relevancy

    March 25, 2016 4:03 PM EDT Unsurprisingly, Doug Palladini is wearing Vans at this very moment. After all, the company's Vice President, General Manager of North America has accumulated a 100-plus-pair collection over his 12 years with the brand, and knows better than to wear anything else when meeting with a…

  8. Nas Invests in Energy Bars Made With Crickets

    March 08, 2016 1:35 PM EST Crickets are packed with protein, have twice the amount of iron as spinach and produce 100-times less greenhouse gases than cows. According to a United Nations report , they also need less significantly less land and water to grow and harvest, which is probably why a ton of people around the…

  9. Nas Announces Posthumous J Dilla Album 'The Diary,' Debuts 'The Introduction': Listen

    February 18, 2016 3:07 PM EST With the recent 10th anniversary of J Dilla 's death and his classic project  Donuts , Nas and Mass Appeal Records are (finally) gifting the rapper/producer's long-awaited album  The Diary. The Queens rapper made the announcement on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show and also…

  10. Usher Unleashes Emotional 'Chains' Video

    February 02, 2016 4:45 PM EST Last October, Usher  released an interactive video on Tidal for his politically charged record "Chains" featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly, using images of police brutality victims like Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell and Eric Garner. Nas & Usher's 'Chains' Video Demands…

  11. Pimp C's New Album Signals More New Material On the Way

    December 09, 2015 11:21 AM EST Chad Lamont Butler was three weeks shy of his 34th birthday when he was found dead in his Los Angeles hotel room on Dec. 4, 2007, succumbing to a mixture of an accidental codeine overdose and a pre-existing sleep apnea condition. At the time, the iconic rapper from Port Arthur, TX, better…

  12. Justin Bieber Breaks the Beatles & Drake's Record for Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

    November 23, 2015 2:57 PM EST As new album 'Purpose' debuts atop the Billboard 200, Bieber posts a record-shattering 17 songs on the Hot 100. Justin Bieber breaks a Billboard Hot 100 record previously held by the Beatles and Drake . Bieber boasts 17 songs on the Dec. 5 Hot 100, marking the most titles that any…

  13. Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' Rules Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    November 20, 2015 3:43 PM EST Bieber Fever reaches its peak on the social media-based survey. The release of Justin Bieber ’s Purpose album prompts his takeover of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Nov. 28), where the singer earns 12 entries on the tally -- the most concurrently charting titles on the list…

  14. Pimp C's 'Friends' Feat. Nas & Juicy J: Hear New Track From Late Rapper

    November 19, 2015 12:55 PM EST Pimp C 's posthumous album  Long Live the Pimp  already sounds like a party. After Lil Wayne two-stepped onto the track "3 Way Freak," the Pimp C estate has let a new posse cut loose called "Friends" featuring Nas and Juicy J .  Preview Pimp C's Posthumous Album…

  15. Nas Blesses Jeezy's 'God' Remix: Listen

    November 16, 2015 12:50 PM EST Jeezy is spreading the good word on his eighth studio effort  Church In These Streets . For the remix to his latest offering “God,” it was only fitting that the Atlanta rapper recruited one of New York's finest,  Nas . “I’m for a mature audience, reppin’ the Empire State,” the Queens…

  16. The Game Ordered to Pay $200,000 After Being Sued by His Former Nanny for Libel (on Instagram)

    June 30, 2015 11:10 AM EDT The Game was ordered to pay his former nanny Karen Monroe more than $200,000 in damages following a 2013 Instagram rant where he accused her of doing "very inappropriate and unbecoming things of a babysitter." He failed to respond to Monroe's lawsuit for "defamation and…

  17. Nas Teams With Chicken & Waffles Joint Sweet Chick to 'Expand the Brand Nationally'

    June 17, 2015 1:16 PM EDT Sweet Chick, a New York City restaurant specializing in chicken and waffles, has teamed with local rap legend Nas to help boost the brand to the national stage. Co-owner John Seymour made the announcement at a one-year anniversary party for the restaurant's second location, on Manhattan&…

  18. Drake, Nas Star In New Sprite Commercial

    June 14, 2015 9:45 PM EDT Drake and Nas co-star in a new commercial for Sprite that debuted during the NBA Finals on Sunday (June 14), marking Drake's first TV ad for the brand in five years.  Set to Drake's "0 To 100," the 30-second spot consists of footage from Drake and Nas' concert for the…

  19. Is Meek Mill's 'Dreams Worth More Than Money' Finally Ready to Drop?

    June 08, 2015 6:09 AM EDT Meek Mill has announced his long-delayed album release  Dreams Worth More Than Money  will finally arrive this month.  The rapper used the platform of the  Hot 97  Summer Jam to reveal his sophomore set would drop sometime in June. Of course, we’ve heard it all before. Nearly a year ago, he…

  20. Steve Angello on Dance Music: 'We Need to Be Able to Take It Seriously Again'

    May 04, 2015 2:49 PM EDT The Size Records boss discusses his debut solo album, leaving Columbia Records & why EDM needs a serious reboot. Steve Angello is sitting in a poolside cabana at South Beach’s swankiest new hotel for a brunch honoring his record label, Size , now in its 11th year. On one side of the deck,…

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