Nas and Kelis were married from 2005 to 2009, when Kelis filed for divorce while pregnant, citing “irreconcilable differences.” In an interview with the website Hollywood Unlocked this past April, Kelis alleged that her marriage to Nas included “a lot of mental and physical abuse.” She revealed that the reason she filed for … More »
A couple of weeks ago, before the release of her new album Queen, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to publicly ask Tracy Chapman to clear a sample. “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” she wrote in the since-deleted tweets. “Had no clue … More »
Oh Kanye… a man who knows how to keep the people on their toes; back at it again with another headline.
After releasing a slew of music in the past month from his own album ye, to his collaborative Kids See Ghosts album with Kid Cudi, along with three additional albums which he produced for Pusha-T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor, it seems as if the G.O.O.D. Music patriarch can’t be stopped. On top of it all, a Chance The Rapper album is now confirmed to be underway too. Upping the ante however, in an interview with Jon Caramanica from The New York Times, West boldly claims that he wants to find a place in Wyoming that will have less distractions and then create 52 records in as many weeks — essentially claiming a whole calendar year of Kanye West.
Whether that means completely done songs, just beats, or a delicate mixture of the two remains unclear. Whether that’s even operationally realistic is another question. However, with the knack for project construction that Kanye West has demonstrated since releasing his first album in 2004, if anyone could pull it off, it would be him. Rather than 52 records in 52 weeks though, others might be more drawn in by the idea of one Kanye West record that took 52 weeks to produce, but that’s an entirely different discussion altogether.
Fridays may be a little less frenzied now. With the release of Teyana Taylor’s new K.T.S.E. last week, a wild monthlong parade of albums produced by Kanye West has concluded at last. Taylor’s project marked the fifth and theoretically final LP out of Kanye’s orbit in as many weeks. More »
In 2000, Rakim, then widely regarded as the greatest rapper ever, signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. This was a ridiculously exciting thing to even contemplate: an all-time great rapper and an all-time great rap producer coming together, aligning forces, ready to take on the world. In the end, Rakim was only on Aftermath for … More »
As of this year, Prodigy, one half of the iconic Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, has been gone for one year. A year ago today, Prodigy died of complications from sickle cell anemia, the disease he’d been fighting for his whole life. But new Prodigy and Mobb Deep music is still coming out. Two … More »
As the summer of G.O.O.D Music continues and the hip-hop Gods of the modern-day bestow their gifts upon us, most recently being Kid Cudi and Kanye West‘s collaborative Kids See Ghosts, it’s become quite clear that few producers compare to the raw talent of Mr. West. Politics aside, Kanye’s production output this summer has been unheard of. He’s releasing storied projects on a weekly basis, not to mention the fact that he’s elevated himself and each his talents to a new height with an amalgamation of innovation.
Now, Kanye’s given us Nas’ latest effort Nasir. It’s Nas’ first LP since 2012’s Life Is Good, and he’s in top form, with beats that highlight the pair’s production evolution. Although, what’s perhaps the most interesting element about Nasir is that it not only incorporates some of Mr. West’s rawest production prowess, but also that the album features production contributions from EDM’s favorite kitty, and longtime Kanye affiliate, Cashmere Cat. Cashmere’s work can be found on the album’s opening tune, “Not For Radio,” which features Puff Daddy and G.O.O.D. music’s hottest new artist, 070 Shake. He’s credited alongside Kanye, Mike Dean, and Benny Blanco as a producer on the track as well as a producer on “Everything,” featuring The-Dream.
This certainly doesn’t mark the first time Ye’s consulted dance music aficionados for his own projects. Consider his 2007 sampling of Daft Punk‘s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on “Stronger,” although his more recent implementation of a dance artist in the studio does point to an interesting potential for the continual intersection of the genres in the future. Stream Nasir here.