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DJ Premier Speaks On Working With Nas On 'Illmatic'

Preemo speaks on working with Esco on his classic debut Illmatic. He speaks on the process on how he ending up with 2 beats on the project, which on one of them he didn’t think he had it in him till Nas made a request.

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Sonic Gems: Illmatic - Nas

An aspect of  the Sonic Gems series is that it features music and/or musicians who have made a lasting impact on music.  That does not necessarily mean that I like what I’m hearing.  435 more words

Thought For The Day

Throwback Thursday: Nas - Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)

For this week’s Throwback Thursday hip hop track, we celebrate the greatest rapper of all time (in my opinion), Nas. Today is Nas’ birthday and we shine a spotlight on “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park” from Nas’ first critically acclaimed and inspirational album  24 more words



Nas dropped “Illmatic” on Aprik 19, 1994 on Columbia Records. This is arguabblaly the top five hip-hop albums to have ever dropped. With production from Dj Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and L.E.S, Nas was able to construct and paint vivid pictures of  things he was seeing in Queens Bridge. 32 more words

Wrath of the Gods — Mumble Rap, Lonzo Ball, and Hip-Hop’s History Lesson

Hip-Hop – when compared to other genres of music, it is relatively new. However, since its birth in 1973, Hip-Hop has seen numerous forms. From the early days of break driven cuts, to the first introduction of the Emcee in a larger role, to today’s so-called “Mumble Rap” with beats more suitable for the strip club than the streets, there is no doubt that Hip-Hop has changed. 854 more words

Boom Bap


Unreleased track from the “Life is Good” era. Enjoy!