Archive for August 24, 2011
As one of hip-hop’s most influential and prolific MCs, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) has always defined the genre more than it has defined him. Seventeen years since his classic 1994 debut, “Illmatic,” the Queensbridge, New York, native is gearing up to release his latest offering, “Life Is Good,” which he plans to have out by the end of the year.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Nas discussed his latest philanthropic efforts as part of UNICEF’s “Month of Giving” and their support of children in Somalia, as well as his new music, fatherhood and marriage.
Can you speak on your involvement with UNICEF’s “Month of Giving” and what inspired you to reach out to them?
I’m all about what they’re all about, I’m happy to work with reputable people. I reached out to them and the immediate concern was the heart of Africa, because it was just everywhere about how bad it had got … So that was like the first thing. It was like a no-brainer. Just go over there.
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Game is set to make an impressive debut on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart come next week with his long-delayed fourth solo LP, The R.E.D. Album.
The one-day sales figures are in and according to the industry insiders over at hitsdailydouble.com the West Coast MC is on track to sell about 90,000 to 95,000 units in his first-week on shelves.
As of press time it is uncertain if that number will be enough to knock Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne from its top spot. The duo just moved 176,800 CDs in its second week.
Chuck Taylor hasn’t released an album since 2008’s LAX, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. That disc sold 238,000.
Be sure to check back with XXLMag.com on Wednesday, August 31 for the official SoundScan figures.
In light of his recent Birth of D-Boy Fresh mixtape release, Drumma Boy reflects on his rise to fame working alongside rappers who gave him his first big shot, like Young Buck and T.I.
The studio sessions and work that me and dude have been having is crazy. Young Buck’s the homie. I like to hold down my state veterans. Anybody that’s successful from [my] hometown or state, you pay homage to. That’s just the way I was brought up, around all of the O.G.s, uncles, solidified people and my peers. I grew up on Isaac Hayes, grew up on Al Green.
These are all people that were giving me advice when I was three years old. So to come up and be a part of the 8 Ball & MJG movement, the Three 6 Mafia movement, the Young Buck movement, it’s just a blessing. So I pay homage to them and anything they ever needed from me, I was always on deck.
Going back to Young Buck, I remember hollering at him a couple times when he was working on his first album. We really didn’t just establish that relationship until about four or five years later. It’s kind of like the T.I. situation. I had been rocking with T.I. since I was 17 but really didn’t work with him until I was 25. It’s about being consistent [with] yourself and your work and your grind. That’s the most important thing you can be consistent with.