When Port Arthur, Texas rapper Pimp C passed away in 2007, he left behind a legacy spanning over two decades. During his time in UGK, Pimp rapped and produced some of the group’s most memorable songs; from their watershed 1996 album Ridin’ Dirty to “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)” in 2007 — the year of his untimely death — his music will certainly live on forever. All things considered, it’s only right for a posthumous Pimp album to ultimately manifest today. “This album is the culmination of years of work from not just me, but also the amazing artists and producers who contributed to make it happen,” his widow Chinara Butler says of Long Live the Pimp. “It combines several of the ideas and projects my husband began before his untimely passing. We hope the Trill fans enjoy it.” And with guests that include Bun B, Nas, T.I., Juicy J, A$AP Rocky, Slim Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more, Long Live the Pimp is a 17-track long effort that will not only keep long time fans of Pimp C (and UGK) satisfied but give new listeners a taste of what made him so special to the rap game. Stream Pimp C’s posthumous Long Live the Pimp after the jump.
Nas as a featured artist is a rare occasion these days. Hell, a Nas verse in general is as rare as candy these days. When he’s not helping the burgeoning Mass Appeal with their inner workings, Nas is assisting rappers like Dave East with some hot bars. And that’s precisely what we’ve got here in “Forbes List,” a track that’s set to appear on East’s forthcoming Hate Me Now (also a nod to Nasty Nas, duh!) on Mass Appeal. It’s due out October 2nd and will feature guest spots from the likes of Pusha T, Jahlil Beats, Jadakiss, and Styles P. But the track you’re probably looking to hear is the Nas featured “Forbes List,” which you may bump after the jump.
Prodigy, of (the infamous) Mobb Deep, is joined by Infamous Mobb for this rare freestyle session. Conveniently, the two go over fellow Queensbridge native Nas’ “Life’s a Bitch” instrumental off of his iconic debut album, Illmatic. Check out the freestyle from Prodigy and Infamous Mobb after the jump.
Last night in Brooklyn, Run the Jewels played a show as part of Northside Festival. During their set, they brought out Nas to do his classic “Made You Look.” It’s not the first time the Mass Appeal founder has come out to a Run the Jewels event; he performed his new track “The Season” at the RTJ2 release party. Check out the footage of Nas during Run the Jewels after the jump.
In case you haven’t heard Fashawn is back. After dropping his FASH-ionably Late mixtape (with The Alchemist) last year Fashawn returns in 2015 with The Ecology (which drops February 24th.) Fashawn has already shared “Guess Who’s Back,” “Out the Trunk,” and the Nas/Aloe Blacc featured “Something to Believe In.” And now Fashawn, being the gentleman that he is, is sharing the entire project for free. That’s right, an album stream of all fourteen tracks. In addition to Nas and Aloe Blacc, The Ecology features BJ the Chicago Kid and Choosey. Stream Fashawn’s The Ecology after the jump.
Fashawn is continuing his monumental rollout for his forthcoming album The Ecology (due out February 24th) and after having already shared “Guess Who’s Back” and most recently “Out the Trunk” he is sharing the heavyweight featured cut “Something to Believe In.” And by heavyweight we mean one of the all-time rap greats, Nasir Jones. In addition, Aloe Blacc makes an appearance and the track is produced by the always excellent DJ Khalil. Listen after the jump.
Queens’ Julian Stephen is back with “Simple Minds,” his follow-up video to “Sophisticated Thoughts” which he dropped back in November. “Simple Minds” follows in the same blueprint as “Sophisticated Thoughts” as Julian delivers lively bars showcasing his youthful exuberance. The visuals presented in “Simple Minds” find Julian in the same headspace as in “Sophisticated Thoughts” as well as he busks around NYC, simply enjoying life, and being carefree. If the instrumental to “Simple Minds” sounds familiar that’s because it’s Nas’ “Nas Is Like” from 1998. Peep the visuals to Julian Stephen’s “Simple Minds” freestyle after the jump.
Wale’s latest single gets a visual treatment. “The Followers”, which dropped this past summer, receives a video, and the single is scheduled to be released on Nas’ upcoming Mass Appeal compilation project. Peep the video after the jump.
Last week Nas surprised everyone when he dropped “The Season”, his long-delayed collaboration with legendary Detroit producer J Dilla. On “The Season” Nas raps over Dilla’s smooth “Gobstopper” beat from his 2006 instrumental album Donuts. If nobody was expecting that to happen, then surely nobody was even remotely thinking about AZ, Nas’ longtime and frequent rhyme partner, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm (which Nasty Nas was also part of), to remix the track. Listen to AZ’ remix of Nas’ (and Jay Dee’s) “The Season” after the jump.
When J Dilla suddenly passed away in 2006, at the tender age of 32, from cardiac arrest, the hip-hop community lost one of the greatest producers of all-time. That year Jay Dee left hip-hop one of the finest collections of instrumentals in Donuts. What made Donuts so special, besides it being released three days before J Dilla’s passing, was that it feels like such an intensely personal statement. Since its release, many have went on to use the instrumentals from Donuts (including Ghostface, Drake, Charles Hamilton, Skyzoo, and Talib Kweli). Now Nas is finally sharing his collaboration with Jay Dee as he raps over the “Gobstopper” beat. Listen after the jump!