Watch Nas & Jack White Perform “One Mic”

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Last week, PBS aired the American Epic Sessions concert special which featured a number artists including Elton John, Alabama Shakes and Raphael Saadiq performing vintage and original tracks utilizing recording equipment and instruments from the 1920’s. Last month we got to see Nas and Jack White’s performance of a 1928 Blues song called “On The Road Again” by Memphis Jug Band, but here’s a nice bonus clip. Watch above as Nas, Jack and the accompanying band do a truly unique rendition of “One Mic” using the same primitive technology.

Previously: Watch Nas & Jack White Cover a 1920’s Blues Song

Watch Nas & Jack White Cover a 1920’s Blues Song

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

In this new clip from the upcoming PBS documentary American Epic, we see Nas and Jack White performing a cover of “On The Road Again,” a 1928 Blues song by Memphis Jug Band. As Nas points out in the accompanying commentary, the similarities between the lyrics of the nearly 100-year-old track and today’s Hip-Hop are oddly similar considering the vastly different time periods:

“These guys are talking about women carrying guns, protecting their honor, chasing down some woman who’s done them dirty. This is not high-society black folks. This is the down-under, street, wild black folks that they’re singing about. And it’s the same as today – it’s the same as rap music today…”

American Epic was produced by White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett and will examine the birth of recorded music in the early decades of the 20th century. Look for it to premiere on PBS on May 16th. On June 6th, the network will air the American Epic Sessions concert special, which will include the Nas and White performance, as well as additional performances from Beck, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Raphael Saadiq among others. The music from the special will additionally be available on two separate soundtracks scheduled for a May 12th release.

UPDATED with a full stream of the cover below.

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Black Milk & Jack White – Brain & Royal Mega

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Here are a couple of ill tracks from Black Milk and former White Stripes frontman Jack White. Stream them both below and then hit the jump for the story of how this unlikely collaboration came about.

“Brain”

“Royal Mega”

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