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Nas: Illmatic For The People

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 2 July 1994

MOST OF THE people Nas looked up to during an eventful adolescence in Queensbridge, New York City, are either dead or in jail. His DJ ...

Hip Hop: The Empire State Strikes Back

Report by Angus Batey, Vox, August 1995

Snoop and Dr Dre's tales of the 'hoods of South Central may have redirected the media's fickle attention to the West Coast, but New York ...

Nas: Ticket To Scribe

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 29 June 1996

Having adopted the moniker of one Pablo Escobar, NAS ESCOBAR set about creating vivid lyrical depictions of life in his native New York tenement slums. ...

Written Out — Nas: It Was Written (Columbia 14tks/59mins)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 13 July 1996

NAS is one of rap's supreme lyricists and vocal stylists. A pity, then, that his new album isn't worthy of his talents ...

Rap: Nas-ter Has Success 'Written' All Over Him

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 25 July 1996

Speaking the Queensbridge English, recording artist is the city's No. 1 son ...

Nas: Smoker's Wild

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 18 January 1997

With gangsta rap getting just a tad too "real" of late, NAS ESCOBAR comes as something of a relief. His last album, It Was Written ...

The Firm: Funky Mafia!

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 25 October 1997

It's an offer you can't refuse. The chance to meet Mafia-inspired hip-hop outfit THE FIRM – namely mobsters Nas, Foxy Brown and AZ — and ...

Nas: I Am… (Columbia)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 1999

1999: the year rap's most potent force joined the rank and file ...

Myth Master: The fabrication of Ms. Foxy Brown

Profile by Miles Marshall Lewis, L.A. Weekly, 18 February 1999

FOXY BROWN is a chickenhead. ...

A Dollar A Holler: Nas: I Am

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, L.A. Weekly, 28 April 1999

Two sides of Nas' coin ...

Nas: Nastradamus (Columbia)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, 2000

Ron Isley, Ginuwine and Mobb Deep assist Queensbridge rapper's fourth outing. ...

Nas: House of Blues, West Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2002

THE CYCLES OF pop music history are as hard to fathom as the mysteries of the cosmos, or at least the logic behind choosing Grammy ...

Hip-Hop Violence: Pop Goes The Weasel

Report by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 23 March 2005

FOR THE RECORD: guns don't go bang but pop, a noise a lot like a jumbo bottle of champagne being opened. As this was a ...

Why The Grammys Have Ditched Rap

Comment by Edward Helmore, The Guardian, 15 December 2006

RAP MUSIC, and the commotion, fur and bling that often accompanies its biggest stars, will be noticeably absent from the Grammy awards in Los Angeles ...

Nas: Untitled (Def Jam)

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 18 July 2008

FOR MY money, Nas remains New York's most potent rapper, operating with an insight and intelligence few exponents can equal. ...

Clash's top ten hip-hop albums, EVER...

Guide by Mike Diver, Clash, 6 April 2009

WITH RADIO 1 presently celebrating 30 years of all things hip-hop – check out Trevor Nelson's page for more – we at Clash figured: why ...

Nas and Damian Marley: Distant Relatives (Def Jam)

Review by Mike Diver,, May 2010

WHEN NAS CONFIRMED this collaboration with Damian Marley, he mentioned how hip hop and reggae are intertwined. ...

The Golden G's: On Nas and Aging in Hip-Hop

Report and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, 10 September 2013

How Nas has been able to stay relevant through 20 years in hip-hop. ...

Nas's Illmatic Turns 20

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, soulhead, 11 April 2014

WHEN 20-YEAR-OLD MC Nas released his stellar debut Illmatic two decades ago this month, I must've been on the only person on Planet Hip-Hop who ...


Retrospective and Interview by Alan Light, MOJO, July 2014

IT IS THE winter that never ends in New York City, and on this mid-April evening, the rain outside is gradually turning to snow. The ...


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