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Video: Pharrell – Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Great video. Women are amazing.

Check out the official artwork for the single below.

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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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Some Guy Tried to Extort Jay-Z For 100K

Monday, April 21st, 2014

TMZ is reporting that a producer named Chauncey Mahan recently reached out to Live Nation and tried to broker a deal to sell them a collection of stolen Jay-Z master recordings for $100,000. The tapes, which are said to have been recorded between 1998 and 2002, were previously believed to have been lost. Mahan was asking for a $100K “storage fee” in return for the tapes, but he subsequently agreed to accept a payment of $75,000. The deal was supposed to go down last Friday at a storage facility owned by Mahan, but instead the LAPD showed up an confiscated the recordings. Mahan isn’t currently under arrest, but according to TMZ, Jay’s camp filed a grand larceny complaint against him in NYC last week. That’s a crazy story and all that, but I think I speak for most Jay fans when I say that the big question here is: were these masters for songs that had already been released or re-recorded, or is Jay is about to be reunited with a treasure trove of previously unheard material?

UPDATED: Just Blaze talks about Chauncey.

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PIC: Nas & Jay-Z Backstage at Coachella

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Beyonce has been sharing some pics from her and Jay’s time at Coachella over the past couple of weekends and among them was this black and white shot of Hov and Nas shooting the shit during some downtime.

Hit the jump for a few more candids, including a couple of shots of Jay doing it the ski mask way.

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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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Jay-Z Bringing Made In America Festival to LA

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

After two years in Philly, Jay Z is bringing the Budweiser sponsored Made In America Festival to the city of Los Angeles this Summer. But don’t worry Philadelphia, you’re still getting your two day event as well. The Festival will take place in both cities simultaneously over Labor Day weekend, and performances from both locations will be live streamed on the internet. Jay, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and executives from Budweiser and Live Nation announced the expansion of the event at a press conference earlier today. Additional details and lineups will be announced in the near future. A portion of the proceeds from the events will be used by event partner United Way to benefit educational, housing and job development programs in LA, Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

Previously: Jay-Z Covers New York Magazine

J.Y. – 1996 (Prod. by The Klasix)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Jersey MC J.Y. goes deep on this new cut called “1996″, inspired in part by Jay-Z’s influence on him as an artist.

He explains:

wrote this record back in June..I started to realize I never learned anything from a man growing up. My father killed himself and I didn’t really have a father figure. The more I thought about it I was raised of Jay-Z music since 96 which was the same year my father died. So I decided to write a song about it.

Nah Right Premiere. Look out for J.Y.’s Such Is Life to drop on April 28th.

Previously: J.Y. ft. Max B – Wave Season

Video: Nas at Coachella

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Nas Coachella 14 by YardieGoals

Nas took the stage at Coachella last night and it was quite a performance. After performing Illmatic in its entirety he was joined on-stage by Jay-Z who performed “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From”, and Diddy, who joined Nas in a performance of “Hate Me Now”. Watch the full set above.

Previously: Outkast at Coachella

Video Vault: 7 Classic Yo! MTV Raps “Live Fridays” Performances

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

A couple weeks back, we dug into the vaults to find 14 clips of artists promoting their now classic 1994 releases on Yo! MTV Raps, and in the process, we stumbled upon a condensed goldmine of Yo! MTV Raps ”Live Fridays” performances also. “Live Fridays” provided a platform for Yo! guests who regularly got video burn on the show to also flex their MC stylings live in the flesh. It would be a shame not to share these with you all, considering not only the quality of the actual performances, but also the officially-archived MTV video quality itself, too. Check below for 7 classic Yo! MTV Raps ”Live Fridays” performances by Run-D.M.C., A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Yeaaauuuuhhhh.

1. Run-D.M.C. “Medley”

Ed Lover and Dr. Dre introduced Run-D.M.C. for their “Live Fridays” appearance as “the world’s greatest rap band,” and after you watch this, you’ll see why. These dudes know how to tear down a stage, for real for real. Watch as they blend in various raps and breaks from their catalog (“Here We Go,” Beats to the Rhyme,” “Hit ‘em Hard,” etc.) for a straight-up off the hook hip-hop medley of synchronized science-dropping. Props to the late Jam Master Jay on the 1s and 2s controlling the sounds with effortless skill. RIP.

2. A Tribe Called Quest “Check the Rhime”

Another legendary trio by the name of A Tribe Called Quest made an appearance back in the days on “Live Fridays” to perform their hit single “Check the Rhime” off their classic sophomore LP The Low End Theory. Shout to Todd 1 with the funky introduction, and big ups to Tribe with the matching jean suits. It’s a shame these dudes ever stopped making albums together, but they left us with plenty of timeless joints like this to hold us over for eternity, so we’re good to go regardless.

3. Redman “Blow Your Mind”

Setting it off from the Yo! MTV Raps upper deck, a young Reggie Noble brought his funked-out single “Blow Your Mind” to “Live Fridays,” and those in the building with him definitely enjoyed themselves as he made his way from up-top down to the main stage, bopping along with him to every bar. Check for Ed Lover and Dr. Dre dancing along while holding up copies of the “Blow Your Mind” 12-inch, and a special hat tip  to Red’s towel-draped headwear.

4. Big Daddy Kane “How U Get a Record Deal?”

Big Daddy Kane took the Yo! MTV Raps stage for his “Live Fridays” performance hoodied down and ready to spit, and even had a couple fellas join him on stage to work some light dance moves for the crowd. “How U Get a Record Deal?” isn’t the most famous of Kane’s jams, but it was the lead single off his fifth album Looks Like a Job For… in 1993. And with an early Trackmasters beat and some fun circa ’93 punchlines to boot (“When I hit the skins they all say, ‘Damn Kane/You knock out the Bush like a presidential campaign’”), it’s a wonder why it isn’t praised more often. Plus Kane’s microphone control in general is no joke.

5. KRS-One “Hip Hop vs. Rap” and “Outta Here”

Oh yes, KRS-One came ultra correct for his “Live Fridays” set, rocking his slept-on B-side joint “Hip Hop vs. Rap,” which features a dope Showbiz track and an onslaught of unfuckwittable lyrics, as well as a clever medley of quotable rap lines pieced together perfectly, taken from classics ranging from “The Choice is Yours” to “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man.” And as if that wasn’t enough, he also broke the viewers off with a short rendition of the first single off his debut solo album Return of the Boom Bap, “Outta Here.” Ill performance by the Teacha.

6. Wu-Tang Clan “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”

Wu heads, you’re gonna love this. For Yo! “Live Fridays,” the Clan showed up to rock a rendition of their 36 Chambers banger “Da Mystery of Chessboxin,’” spitting darts on stage together, lending ad-libs to each other’s verses smoothly, and displaying their Shaolin swordsmanship and unity. They’ve come a long way since this, huh? Wu-Tang forever.

7. Del the Funky Homosapien “Catch a Bad One”

Hieroglyphics captain Del the Funky Homosapien was hyped (and so was his hypeman Pep Love) during this “Live Fridays” performance of his No Need For Alarm single “Catch a Bad One.” And the crowd was right along with him too, feeling his energy and flow with each lyric. This is definitely some classic footage right here for the true Hiero fans. Peep above, and make sure you check out our making of Del’s No Need For Alarm LP with the man himself here if you missed it.

Previously: Video Vault: 14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases on Yo! MTV RapsVideo Vault: 10 Hip-Hop Artists Go Shopping at Amoeba MusicVideo Vault: 5 Underappreciated ’90s Posse Cut Videos |  Video Vault: 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs | Video Vault: 10 Classic In Living Color PerformancesVideo Vault: 10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances | Video Vault: The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993 | Video Vault: 5 Classic Wake Up Show Freestyles | Video Vault: 5 Pre-Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z Videos | Video Vault: 7 Classic Smack DVD Clips

Video: Nas Talks Illmatic with Bill Maher

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Nas drops by Real Time with Bill Maher to push his IllmaticXX project and talks about the legacy of the album and his role as America’s street port laureate. Bill also asks him to explain him and Jay-Z’s “Black Republican”.

Previously: Nas ft. Q-Tip – One Love (Live on Jimmy Fallon) | Nas Talks Illmatic with Zane Lowe