Prior to 2012, life wasn’t always so good for Nasir. After the lackluster work on his previous release, Nas shocked the world with his formidable tenth album. As if one is needed, Esco re-introduces himself on the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-assisted “No Introduction”. Nas can’t pick good beats? On this go-round, the quality behind the boards took a giant leap forward. Nas’ go-to producer Salaam Remi provides the foundation behind the boards on the well-narrated tale of his borough (“Queens Story“), the […]
Nas’ seed is a big girl now. And for his single “Daughters”, he reflects on his own child’s growth and development. Backed by No I.D.’s soul samples, Esco evaluates his parenting skills with honesty (“Plus she’s seen me switching women, pops was on some pimp shit”), confusion (“One day she’s ya little princess, next day she talking boy business”) and even a lil’ regret (“I’m too loose, I’m too cool with her”). Carmen would disagree, but hey, father knows best.
On Angie‘s born day today, Esco visited Hot 97’s rush hour drive. He discussed his NYE show, his 4 Grammy nods and making amends with Kelis. He also weighs in on CNN awarding him as the best lyricist of all time and mentions he’s already working on his next album. Yup, life is still good.
Nas had a story to tell. It wouldn’t be the first time he talked about his Queens hometown, but it would become his most memorable. With Salaam Remi on the boards, the Q.U. producer allows aggressive strings to confront an unforgiving boom bap. The results are harmonious and leave Esco’s manuscript sounding stupid!
Nas ushered in 2013 last night at Radio City Music Hall. Here’s film of him running through some oldies and new material off Life Is Good. Part two after the cut.
Like they did with Raekwon‘s OB4CL, Get On Down will be releasing their deluxe gold box set of Nas’ classic, Illmatic. The re-release of the ’94 debut from Esco will include a CD and vinyl packaging and will be available on December 9. Complex has the scoop. The CD set includes: – 24k Audiophile Gold Disc CD with re-mastered audio, housed in a “Cherrywood Trophy Box” with gold plaque. – Black 2-piece outer box with original ‘Nas’ promotional sticker exclusive to […]
Nas and Lauryn Hill’s tour stopped at The Wiltern last night in Los Angeles. While on stage, Esco brought out Anthony Hamilton for the soulful “Comin’ Where I’m From” and their collabo, “World’s An Addiction”. That Comin’ Where I’m From album was something else. “A Queens Story” after the break. hiphophesinberg