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
Veteran hip hop artist Tech N9ne and his Strange Music team just don’t stop! With one of the busiest tour schedules and a roster of artists that continue to consistently drop music, there’s no wonder that Tech N9ne is considered the biggest independent hip hop artist in the world. With the release of his new album, “N9NA”, he has just delivered what is his 21st solo studio album. His career is one that has suffered many downs and ups, but Tech keeps coming.
Leading his album off is his visual to the song “Like I Ain’t”. The lyrics find the Kansas City emcee spitting about some of his many accomplishments and collaborations in music during his 20 plus year run. Name dropping some of the culture’s elite breed of rappers, Tech ensures that he is still going to do his thing “like he ain’t never” do any of it. There’s a difference in being hungry and thirsty. With all the success he has, seems that Tech N9ne is still hungry. #PRESSPLAY
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
Known mostly for his viral roast videos, catch phrases, and as a member of the “Wildin Out” crew, DC Young Fly has another side; he creates music. With a number of mixtapes to his credit, his latest effort, “Trap Soul”, has DC singing over trap beats provided by Nard & B (the Grand Hustle production team who brought you “T Shirt” by Migos) and sounding quite comfortable doing so. #PRESSPLAY