“That was a whole lifestyle that’s gone” - Nas

I just watched this mini-documentary starring Nas put together by TDK where he talks about the culture surrounding cassette tapes.  As someone whose recorded handfuls of tapes off the radio as a youngin, I found this documentary very intriguing.  I wasn’t as immersed in the culture as Nasir, but it brought back memories when I heard him speak about flipping through analog dials to get to a station on time and other techniques he used like freezing batteries to make them last longer.  It’s crazy to hear how knowledgeable Nas is in regards to the technical aspects surrounding tape recordings and cassette players.  Check below for the track list to Nas’ favorite playlist tape:

RAKIM “Lyrics of Fury”
KOOL G RAP & DJ POLO “Men At Work”
KOOL G RAP & DJ POLO “It’s A Demo”
BOB MARLEY “Could You Be Loved”
LL COOl J “Nitro”
MC SHAN “The Bridge”
MC SHAN “Beat Biter”
LL COOL J “I Need A Beat”
MARY JANE GIRLS “All Night Long”
QUEEN “We Will Rock You”
KURTIS BLOW “If I Ruled The World”
OUTKAST “Elevators”
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Bonita Applebum”
JUNGLE BROTHERS “I’ll House You”

SHINEHEAD “Jamaican in NY”
YELLOWMAN “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”
ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’S “Poppa Large”
MARLEY MARL “The Symphony (ft. Masta Ace, Craig-G, Kool G Rap)”
CRAIG-G “Droppin Science”
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS “Criminal Minded”
ROXANNE SHANTE “Live On Stage”
KRS-ONE “Step Into A World”
SCARFACE “Smile (ft. 2Pac, Johnny P)”

Also peep Nas and Damian Marley on their trip to Jamaica as they head to the legendary Tuff Gong Studios at the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica: