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Nah Right & UpNorthTrips Present: The #Illmatic20 Tribute Mixtape

Twenty years ago today, a 20 year-old kid from the Queensbridge projects released what now stands as one of the most important albums in Hip-Hop history. An instant classic, Illmatic would be studied and celebrated over the next two decades, held aloft as the standard for everything Rap music was and had the potential to be. It’s one of the most flawless bodies of work ever recorded, in any genre, and it is widely recognized as the defining work of an entire era of Rap. The impact of this 10 track masterpiece is almost immeasurable, yet you can still hear it bleeding through in the bars of artists the world over to this very day. 

And so we wanted to pay tribute to this remarkable record in a manner befitting a piece of art that has meant so much to all of us and to so many others for so long. We reached out to the new generation of New York MCs and asked them to join us in paying homage to Nas and his magnum opus over the same timeless tracks that underscored his historic bars back in 1994. Needless to say, if you were born or raised in the boroughs, Nas’ music has touched you in one way or another, and an amazingly talented array of artists stepped up to honor Esco. 

Featuring contributions from Al-Doe, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Troy Ave, Bodega Bamz, YC The Cynic, Denzil Porter, Smoke DZA, Doley Bernays, Timeless Truth, Euro League, Pete from Bitches Is Crazy, The Incomparable Shakespeare and SHIRT, this project is as much a showcase of the homegrown talent that has been reinvigorating the NY Rap scene over the last couple of years as it is a thank you letter to Nasir Jones. And really, what higher praise is there than that which comes from a generation of artists that cite you as a direct influence? So settle in and join us as we salute Nas on 20 years in the game, here’s to 20 more! 

This wouldn’t have been possible with out the tireless work and dedication of the entire Nah Right staff, Amir of Blame The Label, and super producer/engineer, The Vinylcologist.  (via NahRight)

upnorthtrips:

Nah Right & UpNorthTrips Present: The #Illmatic20 Tribute Mixtape

Twenty years ago today, a 20 year-old kid from the Queensbridge projects released what now stands as one of the most important albums in Hip-Hop history. An instant classic, Illmatic would be studied and celebrated over the next two decades, held aloft as the standard for everything Rap music was and had the potential to be. It’s one of the most flawless bodies of work ever recorded, in any genre, and it is widely recognized as the defining work of an entire era of Rap. The impact of this 10 track masterpiece is almost immeasurable, yet you can still hear it bleeding through in the bars of artists the world over to this very day. 
And so we wanted to pay tribute to this remarkable record in a manner befitting a piece of art that has meant so much to all of us and to so many others for so long. We reached out to the new generation of New York MCs and asked them to join us in paying homage to Nas and his magnum opus over the same timeless tracks that underscored his historic bars back in 1994. Needless to say, if you were born or raised in the boroughs, Nas’ music has touched you in one way or another, and an amazingly talented array of artists stepped up to honor Esco. 
Featuring contributions from Al-Doe, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Troy Ave, Bodega Bamz, YC The Cynic, Denzil Porter, Smoke DZA, Doley Bernays, Timeless Truth, Euro League, Pete from Bitches Is Crazy, The Incomparable Shakespeare and SHIRT, this project is as much a showcase of the homegrown talent that has been reinvigorating the NY Rap scene over the last couple of years as it is a thank you letter to Nasir Jones. And really, what higher praise is there than that which comes from a generation of artists that cite you as a direct influence? So settle in and join us as we salute Nas on 20 years in the game, here’s to 20 more! 
This wouldn’t have been possible with out the tireless work and dedication of the entire Nah Right staff, Amir of Blame The Label, and super producer/engineer, The Vinylcologist.  (via NahRight)
Record Store Day

Record Store Day

BAPE

BAPE

BRIGHT

BRIGHT

LIFE IN 1472

Track Listing
“Intro/Turn It Out” (featuring Nas) — 3:57
“Money Ain’t a Thang” (featuring Jay-Z) — 4:14
“Get Your Shit Right” (featuring Madd Rapper & DMX) — 4:43
“Fresh” (featuring Slick Rick) — 3:53
“Sweetheart” (featuring Mariah Carey) — 4:44
“Jazzy Hoes” (featuring 8Ball, Too $hort, Mr. Black & YoungBloodZ) — 4:38
“Don’t Hate on Me” (featuring Da Brat & Krayzie Bone) — 4:17
“Going Home with Me” (featuring Keith Sweat & R.O.C.) — 3:41
“You Get Dealt Wit” (featuring Mase & Lil’ Kim) — 3:58
“The Party Continues” (video version) (featuring Da Brat & Usher) — 4:16
“All That’s Got to Go” (featuring Da Brat & Latocha Scott of Xscape) — 4:05
“Protector’s of 1472” (featuring Snoop Dogg, R.O.C. & Warren G) — 4:46
“Lay You Down” (featuring Trina Powell & Tamara Powell) — 4:27
“Three the Hard Way” (featuring Mr. Black & R.O.C.) — 4:17

Rule 3:36

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length


1. “Intro” Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 1:14
2. “Watching Me” 1:55
3. “Between Me and You” (featuring Christina Milian) 4:10
4. “Put It on Me” (featuring Vita) Tru Stylze 4:23
5. “6 Feet Underground” Self Service 5:05
6. “Love Me, Hate Me” Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 4:44
7. “Die” (featuring Tah Murdah, Black Child & Dave Bing) Ty Fyffe 4:37
8. “Fuck You” (featuring 01 & Vita) Dat Nigga Reb 4:13
9. “I’ll Fuck U Girl” (skit) 1:34
10. “Grey Box” (skit) 0:16
11. “Extasy” (featuring Tah Murdah, Black Child & Jayo Felony) Irv Gotti & Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 5:06
12. “It’s Your Life” (featuring Shade Sheist) Damizza 4:30
13. “I Cry” (featuring Lil’ Mo) Irv Gotti & Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 5:18
14. “One of Us” Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 5:57
15. “Chris Black” (skit) 3:02
16. “The Rule Won’t Die” Robert “Lil’ Rob” Mays 2:17

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