Nas shares his love of Black music in a video for Google’s Black History Month celebration. He recants the history of music in his household starting with his father jazz musician Olu Dara. Sarah Vaughn and Slick Rick were equally important in his appreciation of great storytellers. The rap legend also wrote a letter detailing his experiences that can be read in full here.
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The Hamilton Mixtape: Wrote My Way Out (Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aloe Blacc) Official Video
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Mixtape has a video for “Wrote My Way Out.” Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc and Miranda are in the clip that takes place on a New York City rooftop.
Nas Live From The Kennedy Center Classical Hip-Hop is a filmed concert of Nas performing his seminal debut album Illmatic. The National Symphony Orchestra provided the music for the show that has been turned into a documentary. The backstage footage, Nas’ narration, old videos and the concert scenes are woven together to make the documentary. Illmatic made several hip-hop fans declare Nas to be the second iteration of Rakim but it was quickly discovered that his voice belonged only to him. Illmatic was a watershed moment in hip-hop’s Golden Era and was one of the albums to secure New York’s dominance in the genre. The documentary will air on PBS February 2nd at 9 PM ET.
DJ Premier talks to Mass Appeal about working on Nas’ celebrated debut album Illmatic. He gives specific details on how “N.Y. State Of Mind” and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)” were sonically constructed. After 23 years Illmatic still holds up as one of the key albums of the Golden Era and helped to make 1994 such an important year for hip-hop.