A 20-year-old Nas released Illmatic on this day in 1994

Today marks the 24th anniversary of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00DFQDNOQ” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Illmatic[/easyazon_link], considered one of the greatest rap albums of all-time. It saw 20-year-old Queens-bred Nas pair up with New York producers DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and Large Professor. Below is the promo video introducing the release. The Streets Disciple “I never sleep, cause sleep is […]

Buddy – Guillotine

Compton-based rapper Buddy is back with some beats and rhymes on the 5-track EP entitled Ocean & Montana, a collaboration with Canadian producer Kaytranada. Buddy originally signed to Pharrell Williams’ I Am Other label where he released the Idle Time album in 2014 along with his single ‘Awesome Awesome.’ But the label relationship fizzled out. The partnership with Kaytranada is […]

Witch Project – Pearly Gates

Witch Prophet is the Canadian-based hip-hop MC and artist Ayo Leiliani. She’s also the co-founder of the arts collective 88 Days of Fortune and part of experimental rap group Above Top Secret. On her latest solo project, a 4-track EP entitled H.P.B., she rhymes soulfully over Mobb Deep’s 2006 release ‘Pearly Gates.’ Her version is superior. “Do we […]

Grandmaster Flash explains how he created the drum break

Drum beats only exist because one DJ, Grandmaster Flash, decided to get ‘scientific.’ In an interview with the Washington Post, the hip-hop pioneer recounts the inspiration and creation behind the drum break: “My mother and my sister used to have house parties. What I noticed is the part [of the record] where there was a […]