Much hasn’t been heard from Indiana up-and-comer K-LA since her Def Jam debut single “All Your Love,” (prod. by Stephen Marley) and now the shining songstress reemerges to the R&B scene with Stephen’s brethren, Damian Marley’s distant relative, Nas, on “Blame”.
Old man Westwood talks with Nasir during his visit across the pond. Up top he talks about Nicki Minaj, her spit-spat with Hot 97 about that infamous Rosenberg comment, her handling to the situation, his friendship with her, future collaborations, his favorite time in Hip-Hop, the late Amy Winehouse, Cherry Wine, while under or after the jump, he discusses topics such as his pricey divorce with singer Kelis, the new Life Is Good LP and much more.
If there’s one artist who’s been recently dropping heaters after heaters – it’s none other than Nasir Jones. Continuing to pick up steam for his much appraised Life Is Good record (July 17th), the Queensbridge veteran emcee unleashed the official track-list for the forthcoming LP. With a bulk of the production handled by No I.D. and Salaam Remi, Nas’ set consists of guest spots from Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Anthony Hamilton, Miguel, John Legend, and an appearance from the late Amy Winehouse. Hit the deck for a full look at the cuts.
Kicking off his Life Is Good promotional tour just right (June 8th), Nasir made some moves down to Massachusetts where he took over the stage at Centro Dance Club and performed a gang of his notable oldies and “The Don.” Here’s a recap via ConkreteMediaGroup above, as well as another lengthy [17 minute] clip after the jump courtesy of JuPreyPromotions.
Check out the second and final installment from our sit down with legendary rapper Nas on the roof top of his Manhattan hotel. In this clip Nas gives his thoughts on the more simplistic rap songs that dominate the radio today and names the few guys who are helping hip hop by having their own unique style. Nas also speaks on the presidency of Barack Obama saying he doesn’t see how anyone could take the job and not go crazy, and admits that Lauryn Hill may be the most talented person that he has worked with.
If there was any person who would be asked about actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent use of the N-Word (from a Tweet pertaining to watching the Throne live in Paris), it would be none other than Nasir Jones. After receiving flack for almost titling his last solo record “Nigger,” the Queensbridge MC sat down with CBS Local to give his two cents about the whole situation, in which he comes to defense of Paltrow. Peep that up above, and follow below as he speaks to Mina SayWhat of Power 99 about his upcoming album Life Is Good, the project’s artwork, “Daughters,” his recent performance at Summer Jam, smooching Nicki Minaj in her latest video, some talks of retirement, and many other topics. Hit the jump for full audio.
UPDATE: The always outspoken Jay Smooth — for his IllDoctrine vlog — also gives his thoughts on the controversy under the hood as well, along with Q-Tip who didn’t approve of the usage (lashing out at Russy), which you can thoroughly read about in its entirety here.
Life is good! We haven’t had a chance to sit down with one of top rappers in almost every hip hop fan’s book, Nas, in a couple years so we had a lot to cover. In part one of our interview Nas reveals the inspiration behind his new album title Life Is Good, tells us how his former manager Steve Stoute ended up in his recent music video for “The Don” and gives us some advice on fine wines. JD also gets Nas’ feelings on Nicki Minaj and all the flack she has been getting lately and explains the message he hoped to get across with his “Daughters” video which featured his own daughter Destiny.
Life does appear to be all good on surface, and Nasir Jones celebrates new beginnings within the art-form of things, as the Queensbridge veteran rapper, who is draped with his ex-wife Kelis’ [green] wedding dress over his lap looks off into the distance…pondering what’s next for his immediate future. And that is — his upcoming anticipated album Life Is Good, for which has spawned singles “The Don” and “Daughters” — and will hit racks on July 17th. Toast to the good life by pre-ordering it here. Nas & L-Boogie do SummerJam below.