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.