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5 Rap Collaborations We’d Like to Hear in 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re still in A&R mode after putting together our Illmatic tribute mixtape with UpNorthTrips, which dropped this past weekend on the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. And though we’re in no way anxious to dive back into another project of that magnitude, we’ve got a few ideas for collaborations we’d like to hear this year. There’s nothing more exciting than a sick collabo. Remember when Jay Electronica and Jay Z’s remix of “We Made It” dropped? We all woke up that Sunday morning and neglected our loved ones for the rest of the weekend listening to it and tweeting about whose verse was better. And a month later, we’re still talking about it.

Well, we’ve got five more ideas for rap collaborations that we think will not only be epic for hip-hop in 2014, but also just flat-out dope to listen to for years to come. We even included in our choice of producers for each to save the artists the work of finding the right person to make the track if they intend to follow through on any of these proposed records (in which case we will expect a percentage of the iTunes sales thank you kindly). Check out the collabos we cooked up below, and feel free to let us know if you have any additional ideas of your own in our comments section.

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Nas’ Illmatic: The Videos

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Tomorrow is the official 20th anniversary of Nas’ five mic classic debut album Illmatic. For the past week or so, there’s been a flurry of Illmatic retrospectives dropping, special live performances of the album, and even a remastered release of the LP. Here at NahRight, we admit that we can’t get enough of the NAStalgia. So to add to it, we put together a collection of Nas’ official video releases from his debut, and a couple bonus clips from the era too, for our latest Video Vault. Always nice to have everything in one place, right? Enjoy the visual trip down memory lane.

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In The Lab: Blu on the Making of Good To Be Home

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

It’s no secret—Blu’s got bars. Those who have been following his career since before he graced the XXL Freshmen cover in 2009 alongside cats like Curren$y and Kid Cudi already know that, though. But Blu’s capabilities go above and beyond cypher skills. The guy knows how to make a dope project. His 2007 LP with Exile Below the Heavens is widely considered an underground classic, and for good reason. And there’s a long trail of other outstanding releases (his discography is too deep to highlight honestly, and he’s done some ill guest spots too with everyone from The Roots to Roc Marciano) leading us to his upcoming double album Good To Be Home, which is due out May 20th. Produced entirely by frequent collaborator Bombay and with features by Prodigy, Alchemist, Evidence, Fashawn, Casey Veggies, Imani of The Pharcyde, and more, this latest effort is Blu’s ode to California, the coast he calls home. And if his lowrider-ready first single “The West” is any indication of what we can expect from the double LP, we’re in for a soulful, sunny, and straight-up special listening experience.

For our latest In The Lab, Blu—who’s been in Paris working on something that’s still under wraps—found some downtime to shoot us an e-kite and take us behind the scenes of Good to Be Home, giving us a few insights into what his studio life was like while he was putting together the double album. And he dropped a couple bonus tidbits for the series, too. Vibe out with Blu below.

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Heavy Rotation with Alex Wiley

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

New Chicago hip-hop artists continue to make an impact on the culture in 2014, and one dude who is generating buzz outside the Windy City right now is Alex Wiley. Repping the Closed Sessions camp with credits that include collabos with Chance the Rapper and Action Bronson, Wiley is set to drop his new project Village Party in May (we posted his catchy new joint “Vibration” on the site recently). For those still unfamiliar with Wiley’s style, well, he describes the music he makes as a literal “breath of fresh air.” And we agree. Dude’s got bars, but also an unorthodox approach to songwriting that gives his joints a flavor that strays from the norm, in a good way. So we asked Alex to break down five songs he’s been pumping regularly for our latest Heavy Rotation, to give us a closer look at what types of tracks are influencing this freshness. This may be the most off-beat edition of our series yet. Peep below.

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7 Classic Yo! MTV Raps “Live Fridays” Performances

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Ip is back at it with a new compilation of iconic moments from Yo! MTV Raps. For this week’s installment of our Video Vault series, he dug up some crispy clips of some very memorable performances from the official MTV archives. Check out these “Live Fridays” segments with Big Daddy Kane, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and Del the Funky Homosapien and relive the era. A Tribe Called Quest’s performance of “Check The Rhime” and KRS-One’s live rendition of “Outta Here” where everything at the time.

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Previously: Video Vault: 14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases onYo! MTV Raps

Heavy Rotation with Smoke DZA (Kush Edition)

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

There’s a reason why his name is Smoke DZA. Dude loves to smoke trees. The Uptown spitter, who has a preference for Dutch Masters filled with sour diesel or kush, is one of the dopest rappers bubbling out of the five boroughs. And in 2014, his stock is rising higher, thanks to his high-grade album release Dream.ZONE.Achieve which dropped earlier this week, and his highly anticipated collaborative project with fellow Harlemite Cam’ron (who makes a guest appearance on “Ghost of Dipset”), which is due out sometime this year, hopefully sooner than later.

To appropriately promote his latest project, we got on the horn with DZA yesterday to discuss his five favorite songs to smoke to for a special Kush Edition of Heavy Rotation. And along the way, we found about his tour bus life with Pro.Era, effective methods for hitting your G Pen on a plane, and what his favorite Jay Z song of all-time is. Roll up.

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Interview: Big K.R.I.T. Updates Fans on Cadillactica, Talks Studio Sessions with Lil Boosie and Jeezy

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Words by Paul Meara (@Paul_Meara)

The southern-fried, candy paint ‘Lac-pushin,’ big backyard melodies Meridian, Mississippi native Big K.R.I.T. creates in his music always feed fans hungry for something with a little traditional southern twang. Four mixtapes and a debut album deep, the self-proclaimed “King Remembered In Time” is slated to release his sophomore studio album Cadillactica under Def Jam in 2014.

“With Cadillactica, I’ve grown to a point now that it’ll come out when it comes out and express to people why I’m taking so long on it,” Big K.R.I.T. said when reflecting on his past releases. “I’ve had an immense amount of time and I want to do the same with Cadillactica because it’s just as important as anything I’ve ever dropped.”

A recent album trailer revealed that K.R.I.T.’s sophomore album is slated to drop in the fourth quarter of this year. In an exclusive interview with Nah Right, the King Remembered In Time talks about his upcoming album and what we can expect on it, and also speaks about his recent studio time with Lil Boosie and Jeezy and what they mean to him as rap colleagues. In addition, he weighs in on the possibility of a new Outkast album, and expresses his love for an opportunity to—if nothing else—sit in on what the legendary Atlanta duo might create. He definitely has the beats on deck.

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20 Classic LOX Mixtape Cuts

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

I still remember the first time I heard “You’ll See”, the Notorious B.I.G. assisted track that introduced the world to Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch. I was in my boy’s hooptie and he had it early. I don’t remember what mixtape he was playing it from, I think it was one of his own custom joints with a couple of early Warlocks songs that hadn’t yet been widely disseminated. I had known of the The Bomb Squad, but I had probably only heard a couple of unremarkable tracks here and there, and I didn’t immediately make the connection that these were the same guys. But now here they were, holding their own alongside the MC that, at the time, was widely accepted as the greatest rapper alive.

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14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases on Yo! MTV Raps

Friday, March 28th, 2014

These days when a rapper wants to promote their new album, they might hit up half a dozen media outlets in an afternoon, but back in 1994 the options were much more limited. Yo! MTV Raps was by far the most important though, particularly from the perspective of young fans starving for coverage of a genre that was still very much on the fringes of the mainstream.

In 2014, you can sit at your desk or pull out your phone and catch a real time stream of RapFix Live from wherever you may happen to be. But back in 1994 you were rushing home from school or fiddling with your VCR timer to be sure you didn’t miss that day’s special guest on Yo! As part of our ongoing retrospective coverage of the amazing year of music that was 1994, we pulled together a bunch of classic clips showcasing a wide array of artists doing promotional appearances for their new releases on MTV’s iconic show.

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In The Lab with Sean C & LV

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The names Sean C and LV really only became known to the casual Hip-Hop fan following their extensive work on Jay-Z’s 2007 album American Gangster, but trust, these guys have been putting in work long before that and their roots in the Rap game run deep. For the latest installment of our In The Lab series, Ip caught up with the production duo to learn about their creative process, what equipment they prefer, their sample digging habits and their experiences with some of the game’s most respected MCs. They also gave us some behind the scenes insight into the creation of some of the classic records they had a hand in, like Big Pun’s “100%” and Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, as well as a couple of the bangers from their new album Loud Dreams Vol. 1. Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that Diddy, contributes as an executive producer?  Well, they’ll tell you:

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Previously: In The Lab with Harry Fraud | In The Lab with RATKING