Posts Tagged ‘nas’

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Single Review: Nas-Nasty

June 14, 2011

Here is the latest from Nas.  I dig the old school drum loop.  Overall, the beat is extremely simplistic, but Nas has a smooth flow over it.

“My jewelry  is in HD” is my favorite line off this track.  The whole line from his mentioning of Michael Jackson on is pretty good male bravado rap too.  Although, Nas can do way better.  His new album(any of Nas’s albums) has the potential to be great(just look at illmatic, it was written, stillmatic, God’s Son, untitled).  This song however, is a little to close to “Where Are they Now?” in terms of beat production for me to really get behind it.

7.5/10 (I rank rappers I enjoyed over my short life way tougher than mainstream pop artists, because I’ll take a shitty Nas joint for the rest of my life than a song that reach’s it’s pinnacle 40 seconds into the first verse)  Yea, I’m bias towards weaker artist, wanna fight about it?  But I do like this song more than most rap on the radio now-a-days, but this song is only for real hip-hop fans.

Purchase Nas here.

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The GREATEST ever NAS, with the #4 greatest of ALL time, Biggie.

March 9, 2011

Shots fired

Rockinjamsheet Top 5 solo MC’s Nas, Chuck D, Rakim, Biggie, Masta Ace.

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How I Stopped Hating and Learned to Love Biggie Smalls

January 18, 2011

I’m going to start my blogging life here at That Whiiite with something that might scare some of my boyfriends who read this noise. Alright, deep breath, here it goes:

I didn’t hear “Juicy” by Biggie until I was 20 years old.

It’s one of those things that just happened; an embarrassing moment in an otherwise full musical life. When I heard it in its full baller glory something snapped in me. For the first time in my life, this LA white boy realized that the West Coast could not hold it down when it came to hip-hop.

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30 Minutes of Uglyface (DJ Mix)

January 6, 2011

^ Jeff & AM (what i wouldve given to have seen them together!?!)

Birds are dropping out of the sky, your meth dealer got arrested cause he bought too much Sudafed at the pharmacy, and all everyone keeps talking about is weezy, drake, and some guy named Afrojack.  Who the fuck is Afrojack?

At least you have your uglyface mix.

Old school hip-hop with a touch of funk and soul sprinkled in.

DL: 30 Minutes of Uglyface 1.11

1. Johnny Pate – Shaft in Africa

2. Jay-Z – Show Me What You Got

3. Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em

4. Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Omega One Remix)

5. EPMD – Rampage (Pete Rock Remix)

6. EPMD – You Gots to Chill ’97

7. James Brown – The Big Payback

8. Total ft/ Notorious B.I.G. – Can’t You See (Remix)

9. Nas – The World is Yours

10. Jay-Z – Dead Presidents II

11. Common – Resurrection (Extra P Remix)

12. Pharcyde – Runnin’ (Rae & Christian Remix)

13. KRS-One – MCs Act Like they Don’t Know

14. Gangstarr – Words I Manifest

15. Notorious B.I.G. – Story to Tell

16. Nas – Blaze a 50

17. Afu-ra – Whirlwind Through Cities

18. Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way

19. Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full b/w P.M. Dawn Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (Uglyface Coldcut Remix)

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Nas – Who Are You

January 3, 2011

New Nas is always worth hearing.  I really like this one.  Can we please get a new album this year?  I should really write an essay on how much God’s Son meant to me.  Tagged up but not Don Cannon-intrusive.  Enjoy.

DL:  Nas – Who Are You

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Nas x Cookin Soul x Don Cannon – Lost Tapes 1.5

December 24, 2010

I ain’t mad at this.  Cookin Soul’s jazzy production is perfect for Nas.  Some great songs here, though most of them are post-Stillmatic.  Still wish Cookin Soul could do some original production.  What version of “The World is Yours” is this???  Tracklist and DL after the jump.  BTW, can Nas drop a real album soon??  Distant Relatives doesn’t count.

DL:  Nas – The World Is Yours (Cookin Soul Remix)

DL:  Nas – Got Yourself a Gun (f. Notorious B.I.G.) (Cookin Soul Remix)

DL:  Nas – Thugz Mansion

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Celph Titled and Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now

December 14, 2010

“…(T)hat would simply lump him in with the mass of washed-up rappers trying to capture a glory New York had 16 years ago.” – evypoo, 12/7/10

1994.  New York City.  Arguably the epicenter of the hip-hop world at the height of it’s golden age.  Ready to Die.  Flava in Ya Ear.  IllmaticEnter the 36 Chambers. That’s what E was referring to above when writing about the Roc Marciano album.  Isn’t it the sound that we, as east-coast hip hop fanatics, harp for?  Isn’t it the ish we put on when we’re tired of hearing the recycled sound we’ve heard for the past decade?  But we have to learn to accept that 1994 ended on 12/31/94 and there are only a finite number of records from that time.

Or are there?

What if there were some legendary producer from the era who happened to have a whole crate of unused beats on DAT and floppy disks in his basement from 1994-95?

Enter Buckwild, legendary producer.  B.I.GO.CBig LKool G Rap.  DITC.  Gritty and raw classics (and don’t forget this!), who just so happened to have an extensive smorgasbord of unreleased and unheard material from that era.

Make no mistake – these are not your typical B-side/i’m-just-releasing-these-because-i-have-contract-obligations beats.  They are certified bangers.  Celph Titled, who I was not really familiar with prior to this release (he has worked with the Demigodz and Army of the Pharoahs with Vinnie Paz – both of who make guest appearances) – really surprises me as he holds the album down nicely and proves himself worthy of such a great collection of golden-era material.  Several 90’s-era guest MCs (even funk flex) make their mark as well on the album (“Swashbuckling” even changes up the beat for each MC… brilliant).  Everything about the album (as shown by the obvious title) is a tribute to the 90s – production, flow, concept, etc.  It’s not a classic, but short of finding some unreleased Ghost/BIG collab in a basement somewhere in Long Island City, this album is a time machine on wax.

This is not the first time this concept of resurrecting the past has occured.  This isn’t some elaborate hoax though.  This time? It’s legit.  2010 Top 10 for sure. (*pops in T.R.O.Y. cassette tape and watches 1994 Eastern Conference Finals game 7 on VHS)

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – The Deal Maker

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Fuckmaster Sex

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Swashbuckling f. Apathy, Ryu & Esoteric

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – I Could Write A Rhyme

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Miss Those Days

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Styles Ain’t Raw f. Apathy & Chino XL

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Time Travels On f. Majik Most & Dutchmassive