Netflix‘s hit series, The Get Down, has quickly become a cult favorite with music fans. Loosely based on Hip Hop‘s humble beginnings in the late 70s, its soundtrack is just as colorful as the scenes portrayed throughout by director Baz Luhrmann. A mix of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Gospel, Funk and original tracks written and performed by executive producer Nas, the mood is celebratory, yet also heartfelt during the latter part of the album. Other contributing artists include Miguel, Raury, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Jaden Smith. Listen below via Spotify.
Definitely the standout from the freshly released soundtrack to The Land, Nas and Erykah Badu pair up for a touching track called “This Bitter Land.” A glorious rendition of Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth,” the Classical collab is beautifully orchestral complete with strings and powerful lyrics that form a rare treat definitely worth hearing. The upcoming film executive-produced by Nas about teen skateboarders in Cleveland’s underground Hip Hop scene is out today.
J Dilla fans can rejoice knowing that Nas and his record label, Mass Appeal, will be dropping a new album called The Diary this spring. Due April 15, the project will have guests like Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Pete Rock, Bilal and feature unreleased beats and raps by Dilla himself. Listen to the first single called “The Introduction” below on SoundCloud.
“I’m really setting this album to be possibly the pinnacle album of my career,” Rick Ross expressed earlier this year in an interview. With two mixtapes Black Dollar and Renzel Remixes under his belt this year, Rozay finally drops Black Market and has features galore including Nas, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Future, and Chris Brown. Stream the album below.
Rick Ross is back with a new CalvoDaGr8-produced single called “One of Us” featuring Nas. Set to appear on his new album, Black Market, out on Dec 4, he announced that features on the album will also include Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, and Future. Listen to the new cut below.
As one half of one of Hip Hop’s most praised duos, UGK, the late legend Pimp C is accompanied by Juicy J and Nas on “Friends.” Their interpolation of TLC’s “What About Your Friends” will appear on his third posthumous album, Long Live the Pimp, due out December 4. Listen to the track below via Soundcloud.
460. Lil’ Wayne once arrived to a party late and got scolded by Stevie Wonder for talking during his piano performance. (2:33 mark)
459. 50 Cent moved from the bedroom in his grandmother’s house directly into Mike Tyson’s old mansion after the success of Get Rich or Die Tryin‘.1
458. The Gucci pair of flip flops Future raps about on “Thought It Was a Drought” were borrowed by his grandmother and were never returned.2
457. Aaliyah was supposed to be in the The Matrix Reloaded.3
456. Growing up, Method Man played 4 years of lacrosse and 5 years of football.4
455. Wu-Tang was slang for Olde English in RZA‘s Stapleton neighborhood & he used it as inspiration for the Clan’s name.5
454. Nas‘ Stillmatic was recorded in LA, the Bahamas, Atlanta and was finished in NY. (4:18 mark)
453. The Neptunes recorded Jay Z‘s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “Southern Hospitality” the same night.6
452. Travis $cott‘s “Maria I’m Drunk” came about after Justin Bieber Facetimed him from Hawaii hoping to work together.7
451. Nate Dogg stated he never walked into Death Row studio without a gun and saw someone get their ass beat at least once a week. (29:45 mark and 29:51 mark)
Game‘s new album and sequel to his classic debut, The Documentary 2, is available for streaming. The hype for his new project has been tremendous receiving praise from his peers including Dr. Dre and Busta Rhymes. Listen to the album below via Spotify and check out the completely star-studded track list. Get ready for the second half of the double album, Documentary 2.5, out 10/16.
Update: Documentary 2.5 is now also available for streaming below.
The Documentary 2 – Track List:
2) On Me ft. Kendrick Lamar
3) Step Up ft. Dej Loaf & Sha Sha
4) Don’t Trip ft. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre & will.i.am
5) Standing On Ferraris ft. Diddy
6) Dollar And A Dream ft. Ab-Soul
7) Made In America ft. Mvrcus Blvck
8) Hashtag ft. Jelly Roll
9) Circles ft. Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger & Sha Sha
10) Uncle Skit
11) Dedicated ft. Future & Sonyae
12) Bitch You Ain’t Shit
13) Summertime ft. Jelly Roll
14) Mula ft. Kanye West
15) The Documentary 2
16) New York, New York
17) 100 ft. Drake
18) Just Another Day
19) LA ft. Snoop Dogg, will.i.am & Fergie
The Documentary 2.5 – Track List:
1) New York Skit
2) Magnus Carlsen ft. Anderson .Paak
3) Crenshaw/80s and Cocaine ft. Anderson .Paak & Sonyae
4) Gang Bang Anyway ft. Jay Rock & Schoolboy Q
5) The Ghetto ft. Nas & will.i.am
6) From Adam ft. Lil’ Wayne
7) Gang Related ft. Asia
8) Last Time You Seen ft. Scarface & Stacy Barthe
9) Intoxicated ft. Deion
10) Quiks Groove (The One) ft. DJ Quik, Sevyn Streeter & Micah
11) Outside ft. E-40, Mvrcus Blvck & Lil’ E
12) Up On The Wall ft. Problem, Ty Dolla $ign & YG
13) Sex Skit
14) My Flag/Da Homies ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Jay 305, AD, Mitch E-Slick, Joe Moses, RJ & Scheme
15) Moment Of Violence ft. King Mez, JT & Jon Connor
16) Like Father Like Son 2 ft. Busta Rhymes
18) *BONUS: “El Chappo” ft. Skrillex
440. Nas‘ I Am... was supposed to be a double album.1
439. While working on A.L.L.A., A$AP Rocky stated that he stopped smoking weed and having sex so that he could fully focus on the task at hand and give fans the best possible music.2
438. Raekwon wrote his “C.R.E.A.M.” verse around 2:30 in the morning on a stove, as he started to reflect on his struggle. 3
437. Mac Miller‘s Blue Slide Park was the first independently-distributed debut album by anyone to hit No. 1 since 1995’s Dogg Pound. 4
436. While recording The Chronic, Dr. Dre‘s house burned down, and he was shot in his legs forcing him to be on crutches.5
435. Jay Z‘s Vol 2…Hard Knock Life, Outkast‘s Aquemini, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Love Movement and Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star all dropped on Sept 29, 1998.6
434. DJ Quik was a ghost producer on Eminem‘s Encore. 7
433. Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) got their name from a line in an LL Cool J song called “Cheesy Rat Blues.” 8
432. Ice Cube was 16 years old when he wrote “Boyz N The Hood.” 9
431. Rakim had his own hot dog stand in the 10th grade. (3:43 mark)
Stream the new mixtape from rapper/producer Bishop Nehru called Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP. Currently working on his studio debut album that will feature Nas, his most recent accolade has been working with MF Doom on NehruvianDOOM.