Tomorrow will mark the 20th year since Nas released his debut album Illmatic, and 20 years later not only has he been labeled as a hip hop legend in just that city of New York but worldwide. For the past few months the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the legendary album has been endless. This week Nas released Illmatic XX, which is a remastered version of the original album along with unreleased remixes and an unreleased track, “I’m a Villian”. Aside from that, there has also been a number of interviews that have been released. These interviews shed light on Nas’s upbringing in the Queensbridge section of Queens, NY. Along with reflections from hip hop heavyweights who talk about Nas’s journey as well as his huge impact on the hip hop game. Nas also performed the entire Illmatic album in it’s entirety last month at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as apart of his “One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival.
Just this past Wednesday the documentary Time Is Illmatic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary talks about the making of the album as well as the influence it has had on the hip hop culture and even the musical impact Nas’s father Olu Dara has had on him.
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Now that his debut album Testimony is finally in stores, August Alsina has been all over promoting the album. One of the biggest stops on his promotional tour was New York City where he made a visit to both The Breakfast Club of Power 105.1 and 106 & Park. During his interview he spoke to DJ Envy and Angela Yee about his beef with Trey Songz and how he rather not deal with his attitude. He gets more personal and talks about the current relationship with his mother, how life has changed and the crazy fan interactions he has had. However, the highlight of his promotional run thus far happened when he made the visit to 106 & Park. Co-host Keisha Chante mentioned the Trey Songz situation and August simply replied:
I just told ya’ll not to ask me that sh*t when I got up in here.
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I can understand his frustrations because that’s been the number one question in his interviews and he is steady trying to promote his debut album and it seems like everyone is only trying to add more fuel to the fire.
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Chris Brown released the visuals for his new song Don’t Be Gone Too Long featuring the beautiful voice of Ariana Grande. First off, I love this video, it’s simple, and it shows how talented this boy really is. Just wish he could get his personal ish together. Can’t help but think he’s also sending a message to a certain you know who. If only he could express his emotions in the same control manner that he expresses himself in dance.
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With spring in full effect the festival season has fallen upon us and this weekend all of your favorite celebs flocked to Indio, CA for the annual Cochella Music & Arts Festival. Some of the highlights from the festival included the highly anticipated Outkast reunion as the duo celebrated 20 years. Also Nas brought out Jay- Z during his set as he has been celebrating 20 years since he dropped his debut album Illmatic. The Knowles sisters Beyonce & Soloange danced it up on stage to Solo’s hit “Losing You” and many more memorable moments.
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Drake and Rihanna are getting closer and closer as Chris Brown sits in jail thinking about all of the chances he’s had to make it right by Rihanna. Poor ting *in my Rihanna accent*. Kind of sad that it takes Chris Brown going to rehab and jail for Rihanna to really move on, but it looks like she’s found love in the arms of Drake. I joke that Drake is winning by default, but their relationship is growing stronger and more public by the day.
I think these two are good together like everyone else, my only issue is that Rihanna is a loyal person, Drake, not so much. He’s sweet, but he’s still a womanizer. His body count is high. Hopefully having his dream girl will change things, and hopefully Chris Brown can give Rihanna his blessing and let her move on.
Recently Keyshia Cole revealed that the name of her new album will be Point of No Return, and a few weeks ago she debuted the first single “Rick James” featuring Juicy J. It’s obvious that inspiration for this track as well as other tracks expected to appear on the project are inspired by the heartbreak Keyshia is currently experiencing from her estranged husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. In the video, Keyshia gathers up her girls and they go riding on their bikes to catch Keyshia’s man cheating on her with the next chick (Daniel “Boobie” Gibson cheated on Keyshia with a stripper). I must admit that the visual adds to the track and makes it even better.
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