Google Play sits down with Kendrick Lamar to discuss his favorite albums of the past year. The artist chooses 2 albums and they are not TDE related for the record.
Not my favorite track but Nasir playing the love interest in a video? Worth the post haha. Directed by Benny Boom
This one comes from K’Naan’s More Beautiful Than Silence EP.
I’m not gonna lie the first thing that popped into my head after watching this video is “Oh so now you wanna rep for T.O?” All that aside this gives an interesting glimpse into the connection made between Nas and K’Naan and some great shots of Toronto.
Canada’s K’naan is back after his huge success with the Haiti relief track, Waving Flag with a 5 track EP entitled More Beautiful Than Silence thats scheduled to be released January 24th. The track everyone (well, me at least) wanted to hear off the project called Nothing to Lose that features Nas was decided to be the first video released. The rest of the tracklist is below:
K’NAAN – More Beautiful Than Silence
1. “Is Anybody Out There” (ft. Nelly Furtado)
2. “Nothing to Lose” (ft. Nas)
3. “More Beautiful Than Silence”
5. “Coming to America”
The mixtape we’ve been waiting on for a minute hits the internets hit the jump for the tracklist and download Continue reading
The Toronto jazz jam session trio that go by the name of BADBADNOTGOOD of whom you may be familiar with have released a live album where they play some of my favorite tunes in BBNG fashion. Covers range from Waka Flocka, MF DOOM, Flying Lotus, A Tribe Called Quest, Odd Future, Nas, Slum Village and others. You can stream it below as well as download it for your listening pleasure.
Download: BBNGLIVE1 – BADBADNOTGOOD (Live Album)
DJ Premier was given Classical and began his immersion into the genre with Bruce Adolphe, a former classical music professor at Juilliard. They met at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music not far from DJ Premier’s home in NY. After learning about classical music theory, the inspirations of some of the genre’s most profound composers and how traditional pieces are structured, DJ Premier went out and bought tons of classical symphonies on vinyl to mash up his own creation. We then took that mash-up and orchestrated it for sheet music. In the first step of the actual recording process, DJ Premier partnered with Stephen Webber, a professor and conductor at the Berklee College of Music. Stephen taught Premier how to conduct and helped him in studio with the 58-piece Berklee Symphony Orchestra you hear on the track. Of all the takes, the one you hear is the “wild” version (which means they recorded it without the metronome in their headphones) DJ Premier conducted himself. Then DJ Premier brought that instrumental track back home to NY and Nas laid down his rhyme on top of it.
The official video for the Nasir & Rozay collab off of the soundtrack for that Ben Stiller x Eddie Murphy flick by the same name sees some movie clips, studio performance and Rick Ross without a shirt on.
You read that right.