Nas’ album listening party for Nasir took place tonight in Queens and Mass Appeal streamed the event. The long-awaited seven-song album produced by Kanye West is already receiving a lot of positive feedback from fans who have heard it. The Dream appears on the album that follows Life Is Good from 2012. The album officially comes out Friday (June 15th). Mass Appeal also just inked a distribution deal with Universal so hip-hop fans can expect expansion from the brand starting with Nasir.
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Rapture is a new series from Mass Appeal and Netflix about hip-hop’s worldwide influence. Rapsody is one of the rappers who shares a behind-the-scenes look at her career. In the trailer, she talks about establishing her reputation and the difference in expectations for a woman rapper. 9th Wonder is interviewed about Rapsody’s journey and his role as her mentor. The first season of Rapture will air March 30th on Netflix.
DJ Premier recants the story of how his beat ended-up on D’Angelo’s “Devils Pie.” The recording session was a moment of history with J.Dilla, D’Angelo, Questlove and The Alchemist in the studio. The song from D’Angelo’s Voodoo album will forever be associated with Hype Williams’ Belly.
DJ Jazzy Jeff does Rhythm Roulette for Mass Appeal and makes new sounds from three records delivered by his mobile music dealer Gene Brown. Jeff displays his genius with a level of excitement usually reserved for new producers. The final creation is an amazing production with the addition of Dayne Jordan rapping on the track.
Mr. Porter makes a beat for Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette and instead of the usual three blind picks he only chooses one record because it was all he could afford growing up in Detroit. He chose disco group Silver Convention’s Golden Girls album from Amoeba Music in Los Angeles and made three beats from one song. Porter is accustomed to working fast because he told the audience how he, Proof and J.Dilla would have 10-minute beat-making contests.