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Pete Rock & Nas – Time Is Illmatic Mixtape


Nas said “When I was 12, I went to hell for snuffing Jesus!”. That line alone is better than any album that has dropped this year. Major props to the Chocolate Boy Wonder Pete Rock for lacing us with this dope mixtape and for producing the dopest track on Illmatic. Play this at loud volumes and if you haven’t peeped the documentary you’re playing yourself.

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Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell [DJ Scratch Remix]


And you say New York City!
DJ Scratch decided to remix Nas’ Illmatic acapellas over his original productions.
The first offering of the whole project is a Remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”.
I really enjoy this remix and so should you.
The whole Joint will drop on July 4th on Scratch’s Homepage
Props to Unkut for the heads up!

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Up North Trips X Nah Right present: ILLmatic 20th Anniversary (FREE DOWNLOAD)

The moment even I’ve been waiting for. Today marks the 20th anniversary of an album that has become a foundation block in the house that hip hop built. For this anniversary rather than write a bunch of stuff, or create a breaks mix with Nas in mind would be too obvious. Plus, we’ve already done that, more than a few times. This was a much bigger challenge. We decided to take a different approach and hand the baton to some of NY’s most talked about up and coming emcees. We already have co-signs from every major blog and hip hop website out there and it’s only been 4 hours. I encourage you to listen and decide for yourself if we made our own classic. Special thanx goes to Eskay and Nation over at Nahright, Stan Ipcus, and my homie EvBoogie who made this miracle happen along with all the dedicated artists. This class is ‘producing records off of clout 101’ for those who didn’t know.

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Nas Documentary – Time Is Illmatic (Trailer)

It seems that everyone has caught “illmatic’ fever lately and April 19th 2014 is a day that will forever be remembered by many. Every blog, every website, and anyone that enjoyed this masterpiece 20 years ago will add their 2 cents trying to “represent” it. One up and coming director (One9) took it one step further and created “Time is Illmatic”. Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. The timing of this release is impeccable to say the least.

Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America. Time is Illmatic tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Nas—with the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones—overcame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is thrilled to announce that its opening night on April 16 will feature the world premiere of Time is Illmatic.

For more info visit the official website here.

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Nas X Mass Appeal present: The Represent lllmatic Video Contest

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Nas’ seminal debut album Illmatic, Mass Appeal & Maker Studios are excited to invite you to collaborate and produce a new music video for “Represent,” an influential track off of the album.


Step 1: Come up with a music video concept for the song “Represent,” and make a pitch video for your idea. Tell Nas what you want to make with his help, and why you should be chosen to come to Los Angeles and create with him.

Step 2: Upload your pitch video to YouTube, explaining your concept for the music video and how you would bring it to life. In the video description include the hashtag #RepresentIllmatic.

Step 3: Fill out an entry form to submit your video. Your imagination and creativity are your only boundaries. Whatever you do, make it Illmatic.

Deadline for submissions is April 18th, 2014.

The submissions will be judged and selected by Nas & Mass Appeal’s own Jason Goldwatch. One winner will be invited to the YouTube Creator’s space in Los Angeles, CA to collaborate alongside Nas and Jason Goldwatch from Mass Appeal, who will help to bring their video vision to life.

The final music video, and a behind-the-scenes making of video will be premiered on Mass Appeal as well as on the Maker Music YouTube Channels. The winner will have the unique distinction of being a part of Illmatic’s illustrious history, one of the most legendary hip hop albums ever created. Illmatic XX is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

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Saturday Cuts with Smu: Elzhi Featuring Royce Da 5’9″ – Life’s A Bitch + Nas & AZ – Life’s a Bitch [Smu RMX]

When Elzhi’s & Will Session’s “Elmatic” project dropped I was more than excited to hear it. I’m a huge fan of Elzhi and everything he’s dropped has been very dope to me.
As soon as I heard Will Sessions re-interpretations of the already great original production i was enjoying this “Tribute” a lot.

Even DJ Premier gave his co-sign on the covers they did of his beats.

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Nas & AZ Featuring Stockley Williams – Life’s A Bitch [DJ Smu Remix] (Produced by Will Sessions)

Since I dropped Sabotage The Throne it’s been quiet around me so I thought why not post this little gem i’ve done the other day.
It’s a blend/remix of Nas’ classic “Life’s A Bitch” over Elzhi’s and Will Sessions Instrumental Version.

This is the first cut of wiLLmatic (see what i did there? Shouts to stroy for the title idea),my next big project.

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Download: Nas & AZ Featuring Stockley Williams – Life’s A Bitch [DJ Smu Remix] (Produced by Will Sessions)

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eLZhi – ELmatic [mixtape]

Elzhi and the great folks at XXL finally bring us the most anticipated mixtape of 2011 thus far. Detroit’s son ,eLZhi, is lyrically gifted and can definitely pay homage to the “Illmatic” the correct way! Many have tried and few have delivered……this one most definitely delivers. (and damn well too!)

click here or the album cover to download. Click for tracklisting

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