Album Review, Emcee, Issues

Twenty Years Later: Illmatic

Story originally published on The 5th Element Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Do you remember Hip-Hop in 1994? Some key events may come to mind:  Warren G heralded the G-Funk era previously established by Dr. Dre, with his West Coast anthem, “Regulate.” Southern hip-hop flourished with OutKast’s debut and the release of Scarface’s The Diary . […]

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Emcee, Media

The Friday Five

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a sure shot hip-hop classic – Nas’ Illmatic.  So with this week’s Friday Five, it would only be fitting to honor this musical milestone by selecting five of my favorite tracks off the album.  Whether it be “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” or “Halftime”, you really can’t go wrong […]

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Emcee, Media, Video

Special Feature: Illmatic XX

With the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic on the horizon, Google Play decided to pay homage to the classic album by putting together a dope visual tribute that gathered some of the rap game’s current hit-makers for a discussion on Illmatic’s influence and just how much that seminal record affected them and their careers.  Peep […]

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Emcee

Peep This: Nas x Q-Tip x The Roots Perform on Jimmy Fallon

Whatever Illuminati-fountain-of-youth-elixir that Pharrell and apparently Nas and Q-Tip have access to, we want in. Does the blogger-Illuminati not have a connect or what?! Anyway, a week away from the drop of his special edition 20th anniversary “Illmatic XX,” Nas and Q-Tip paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots last night to remind […]

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