Saying that Nas is one of the greatest of all time is an understatement. Included on many hip hop heads’ “Top 5” lists, Nas has garnered the respect of listeners, peers, and elder statesmen over the span of 20 plus years. His official entry into the game, “illmatic”, continues to be celebrated as a groundbreaking album that changed the course of hip hop during the time of it’s release in 1994. Nas is also credited with being an influence on rappers from his generation to the current day.
With an extensive catalog that mirrors his career and growth as an artist (12 studio albums, 3 collaborative albums, 3 compilation albums, 1 extended play, and 78 singles), Nas has recorded a great deal of material. Over the years, Nas made promises to release the follow up to his critically acclaimed, fan favorite album, “The Lost Tapes”. After reported label issues and disagreements, the album has now been delivered in the form of “The Lost Tapes 2”. With production from Pharrell Williams, RZA, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, NO I.D., and more, the album boast to be a strong fix of the Nas hip hop heads know and love. #PRESSPLAY Stream here, courtesy of Spotify
Sic Mic returns with visuals for his latest single release, “I Feel It”. Produced by Point Guard, the track details the thoughts of a man coming to grips with surviving the struggles in his life while dealing with the fact that some of those that see you shining want to “see me dead or in jail”. The track and the bars blend together to create a vibe that teeters between paranoia and self actualization. #PRESSPLAY
Stream the latest full length release from Sic Mic”Eastcoast Mikey” here, courtesy of Spotify.
AZ is one of the most critically acclaimed, fan favorite rappers of all time. Since his introduction to the world via his feature (notably the only rhyming feature at that) on Nas’ classic album “Illmatic” spitting a timeless 16 bars on the opening of “Life’s A B*tch” , his lyrics, cadence, and delivery have been praised by countless hip hop heads. Having dropped a string of albums and features (to include the Grammy nominated “The Essence” with Nas), he hasn’t seen the same amount of limelight success as many of his peers have. However, AZ still thrives with a solid fan base and legendary aura that cannot be denied. Still sounding and looking like himself after over 20 years in the game, AZ drops a visual to his new single, “It’s Time” and it’s refreshing. The beat is a solid salute to the Kool G. Rap classic “It’s A Demo”, using the same James Brown sample and tempo. AZ styles it in his authentic flow and doesn’t sound like he’s leaving this game anytime soon! #PRESSPLAY
DeJ Loaf hit the scene with her fierce first single “Try Me”. Over the past few years, we witnessed DeJ move into a softer space while releasing singles like “My Beyonce” with Lil Durk, “At The Club” with Jacquese, and “No Fear”. Well, with the “Go DeJ Go Vol. 1” project, DeJ is back on her Westside Detroit bag, spitting hard lyrics and sounding like she’s right at home. #PRESSPLAY
If you didn’t know, Cormega is a hip hop artist that could be classified as “a rapper’s rapper”. Even prior to his deal with Def Jam Records in the late ’90s and his short stint with super group The Firm (which featured Nas, AZ, and Foxy Brown. Nature replaced Cormega after his departure from the group), the Queensbridge hustler turned rapper was regarded by many as the best out of the same neighborhood that produced the likes of Nas, Mobb Deep, MC Shan, and Roxane Shante. Over the years, Mega has has continued to work independently and solidify himself as solid emcee.
Going into the new year, Cormega offers up his latest project “Mega”. With 5 new tracks (and the instrumentals), the project only has one feature from Mobb Deep rapper/producer Havoc. Stream available below, courtesy of Spotify. #PRESSPLAY