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Illmatic was released on this day (April 18) in 1994.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of East Coast rapper Nas' iconic debut album Illmatic, released on this day through Columbia Records. As one of the most influential albums of all time, it changed the face of rap forever and remains one of those albums that all music fans should hear before they die.
Nas - Illmatic
With production from the likes of DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip and L.E.S., Illmatic was a collection of hardcore hip-hop tracks that followed Nas' experiences of growing up in inner-city New York, featuring songs like It Ain't Hard to Tell, The World Is Yours and One Love.
Continue reading: Album Of The Week: Nas' Game-changing Debut Album Illmatic Turns 25
Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in recorded history with a record of 9.58 seconds in a 100 metre dash. He has nine Olympic gold medals and is marked as an eleven-time World Champion Athlete. But despite this, the aptly named Bolt has never forgotten his modest beginnings in Kingston, Jamaica. He's never taken his talent for granted and remains a humble human being who is ultimately adored by everyone he meets. In his new documentary, he talks about what's it's like to be a world champion and a record holder; the pressure it brings to him, the gruelling training that isn't always an enjoyable experience, and the ever more ungodly hours at which he has to awaken. Within this candid look at his world, he confesses that even though he is the fastest sprinter in history, he still gets nervous before he has to race and always worries about whether or not he is still fast.
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The rapper celebrated his first album's 20th anniversary last year.
It's been three years since his last album, 'Life Is Good', and now rap fans everywhere are getting restless for more material from 90s legend Nas, who's currently touring in celebration of the 21st anniversary of his epic landmark debut album 'Illmatic' - and he's still got a lot to say about it.
Nas became a rap legend with his debut album 'Illmatic'
There's a buzz circling Nas at the moment suggesting he's on his way with another studio album - and it couldn't come sooner. We'd be glad for him to go back to his 'Illmatic' roots - which was so passionately explored in the 2014 documentary 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' - now 90s music is making a strong comeback. 'Time Is Illmatic', written by journalist Erik Parker and directed by ONE9 in his directorial debut, saw the likes of Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes and Pharrell Williams opening up on why it was such an important album - and Nas reckons it's the 'timeless' quality that still hits people.
Diplo, Madonna and Nas - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015
Released in the UK today, Nas takes us on a journey through his landmark debut 'Illmatic'.
The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists making their mark on the scene with seminal releases. Nas was one of them, and now his landmark debut 'Illmatic' is being explored in a telling documentary, 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic'.
'Time Is Illmatic' explores the legacy of Nas' debut
Like many young black men exposed to rap culture, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) was forced to live a life of fear and poverty as a youth, with guns and killings being a thing of daily terror. After his early collaborator Ill Will was shot dead and his brother injured in the process, it was time to write an album revealing the truth about ghetto culture - and the fear and rivalry that comes with it. 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' explores his moving relationship with his parents against the grim backdrop of Queensbridge, as he rose up to become one of the greatest rapstars of all time.
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‘Zero Motivation’ and ‘Point and Shoot’ have taken the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival. The former picked up the mainaward, that of Best Film, while the latter prospered in the documentary category.
“Zero Motivation was described by the jurors as "the most hilarious film we saw at the festival," The dark comedy about the everyday life of a unit of young female Israeli soldiers was directed by Talya Lavie. "We believe a new powerful voice has emerged," they added of Lavie, who made her directorial debut with the film.
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The Nas movie opened the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.
Rapper Nas paid tribute to Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival, where his documentary Time is Illmatic played as the opening night selection. According to Variety, the crowd at the Beacon Theater practically sang the entirety of the rapper's classic 1994 album Illmatic, with the movie telling the story of how the groundbreaking record put Nas on the map.
Nas at the premiere of 'Time is Illmatic'
The Wednesday evening screening was a double feature of sorts, with Nas playing a nine-song concert, featuring Alicia Keys on piano.
Continue reading: Nas Pays Tribute To Robert De Niro At Tribeca Film Festival
We look over the crowd-pleasers of New Orleans' Buku Music And Art Project 2014.
When people think of Spring in New Orleans, most are looking forward to the annual Jazz Festival - something that the city has arguably become all about, music-wise. However, an equally astounding event also made its mark this month; the Buku Music + Art Project. This is most certainly a one of a kind festival offering astounding musical line-ups, great food and breath-taking artwork along with a range of other on-site activities.
The cast and crew of Christmas musical drama 'Black Nativity' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere at the Apollo Theater. Among them are Jennifer Hudson and Nas who are both recording artists in their own right.
Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy. He is forced to take a trip to Harlem, New York to stay with his churchgoing grandparents Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs who he has never yet met after his mother is handed an eviction notice from their Baltimore home. Langston struggles to abide by the Reverend's strict household rules and the frequent religious worship he has to undertake while living there, and so the street smart teen winds up getting into trouble in his desperation to return home and help his mother. Despite this, he picks up a few new friends and manages to save his Christmas from becoming a complete disaster with a little help from his guardian angel.
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Nas' influence is finally being recognized, by Harvard.
Rapper Nas - real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones - dropped out of school early. From his humble beginnings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the artist had a shot at cracking the music business and, at the age of 21, released his debut album, Illmatic, still one of the finest hip-hop albums ever produced.
Now, almost 20 years on from that seminal record, Nas's influence is being recognized by the Hip Hop Archive and Harvard University's W.E.B DuBois Institute, who have announced the 'Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship,' giving scholars and artists demonstrating "exceptional" creative abilities the opportunity to show that "education is real power."
"Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigor and achievement of hip-hop performance," said Harvard professor and Hip Hop Archive founder Macyliena Morgan in a statement.
Continue reading: Rapper Nas Becomes Ivy League Guy With Harvard Fellowship
Nas, Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, Saks, Kelis and Knight - Nas talking on his mobile phone as he walks along Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills towards Saks where ex-wife Kelis was shopping with their son, Knight Monday 10th December 2012 Featuring: Nas, Nasir Jones Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States
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