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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.
Nas’ Large Professor-produced debut single “Halftime” was actually released in 1992 as part of the Zebrahead soundtrack before finding another permanent home on Illmatic. The video is grainy and rough, with clips of Nas on a Queensbridge roof with his crew. Check for the fly air-brushed Ill Will jacket towards the end, too. RIP.
2. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”
Large Pro had the honors of also producing the second Nas single off Illmatic, and once again, Nas came through with some street visuals to represent his sound. Dipped in skully caps of all flavors, and the army jacket that gets a name drop in his rap (perfect for sneaking an “Uzi on the Island”), Nas stunts on his cell phone for the camera while he displays his superior rhyme styles. There are some dope live clips mixed in of him rocking on stage as well.
3. “The World is Yours”
Nas got his Scarface on for “The World is Yours” video, as he kicked his verses while soaking in a jacuzzi tub smoking a cigar. It’s an ill black-and-white clip, with added production value and screen effects, one in particular that depicts Nas rapping through the TV screen for shorty watching intensely at home. Look for Pete Rock making his guest appearance on the keys, too.
4. “The World is Yours (Remix)”
You know the remix is correct when it gets its own video. Yes, Q-Tip’s version of “The World is Yours,” which we featured on our Top 20 Rap Remixes of 1994 list, received a well-deserved fresh set of summery visuals. Nas is seen talking on the celly in his Lexus and cruising with a blunt in his bandana, while scenes of street-side robberies and Three-card Monte games are edited in. It’s a celebration too, as the champagne glasses are raised to toast Nas’ success. The world was definitely his at this point.
5. “One Love”
The most story-driven song on Illmatic, “One Love,” was of course produced by Q-Tip also. And it got its own video too, which paints the picture of Nas writing to his boy locked up in prison to match the lyrics on the track. We even get a glimpse of Nas looking out from his infamous project window as he watches his boy get knocked by the jakes in the beginning, and a shot of him and “Shorty Doo Wop” from the third verse politicking about the hardships of young street life on a Queensbridge park bench. This was the projects that Nas was raised in, and the “One Love” video gave us a 360 degree glimpse of life in his hood.
6. Illmatic Press Kit
Before all the 20th anniversary documentaries existed, there was the Illmatic press kit, which featured interviews with Nas’ Dream Team production staff for the album, and some back history on him as an artist. Q-Tip says, “I just wanted to hit him with some old nasty, like an ill beat…some old spooky, like, mystic type thing.” A young Queensbridge resident adds, “‘One Love’ is butter.” There’s also footage of Nas talking about his debut and hanging out in Queensbridge, and some other short but great interviews with QB residents bigging up their rising star. Plus in-studio clips taken the same day they shot this picture that appeared in The Source. Classic material for the archives right here.
7. Video Music Box Interview
Dubbed by the YouTube uploader as Nas’ “1st ever interview,” this clip from Video Music Box shows a young Nas speaking from backstage at The Fever on the upcoming release of Illmatic, and shouting out his whole crew in the building, including his brother Jungle. And when asked who he wants to work with? He replies, “Yeah, I wanna work with The Beatles.” Then he smiles, “I’m buggin’.” Yo Paul McCartney, what’s good with the collabo, dun?!
Major props on Illmatic’s 20th anniversary, Nas! You’ve come along way. One love.
Previously: Video Vault: 7 Classic Yo! MTV Raps “Live Fridays” Performances | Video Vault: 14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases on Yo! MTV Raps | Video Vault: 10 Hip-Hop Artists Go Shopping at Amoeba Music| Video Vault: 5 Underappreciated ’90s Posse Cut Videos | Video Vault: 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs | Video Vault: 10 Classic In Living Color Performances | Video 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
Posse cuts just ain’t what they used to be. Every now and then we’ll get a good one, but more often than not the lead artist is just looking for an excuse to show off the depth of their Rolodex. If you long for the days when big name lineups actually delivered, check out our list of 5 supremely underrated posse cut videos from the Golden Era.
Enta Da Stage, Black Moon’s near perfect 1993 debut, turns 20 years old tomorrow. The album arrived during a marquee year for Rap, one that saw the release of several other now iconic projects, including the game shattering Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Snoop’s Doggystyle and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. Although it wasn’t nearly as commercially successful as some of these other releases, it was every bit as artistically signifigant. Make no mistake about it, this album had a huge impact on NYC at the street level.
The album produced four singles and accompanying music videos, none of which were particularly groundbreaking, but all of which captured the essence of the era flawlessly. Two of the four used remixed versions of the tracks which differed signifigantly from the versions found on the album. I’ve collected all four below for your convenience, so dust off those 40 Belows and break out that conehead hoody as we take a quick trip back to ’93 with Buckshot, 5FT and Evil Dee.
“Who Got Da Props”
The album’s first single and arguably the group’s biggest and most iconic song, “Who Got Tha Props” set the tone for the trio’s introduction to the world. The video mainly consists of a frantic posse scene with Buck enthusiastically delivering his verses with a backpack strapped to his back. Champion hoodys, army coats and shiny track suits abound. If you keep your eyes peeled you might catch a cameo by a young Ill Bill and his brother Necro.
“How Many MC’s…”
My personal favorite of all of the Enta Da Stage visuals, “How Many MCs…” was shot in the Brooklyn’s Bushwick Houses and captured the essence of Black Moon in their natural habitat. Buck spoke on the video and the signifigance of the elevator shots in the just released mini-documentary Black Moon: The Beginnings.
“I Got Cha Opin (Remix)”
Any discussion of the “I Got Cha Opin” video should be prefaced with the acknowledgement that the original album version of this song is vastly superior to the remix version that was used for this video. At least in my opinion. Make no mistake, this version is a classic song in its own right, but the new beat and Buck’s laid back delivery changed the tone of the track entirely. The video had noticeably slicker production values than their two previous visuals (special effects!), but it wasn’t so polished as to take away from the crew’s signature grittiness.
“Buck Em Down”
The fourth and final visual from the album, “Buck Em Down” prominently features the paramilitary theme that would eventually help define the Duck Down/Boot Camp Clik aesthetic. The opening scenes find Buck assembling his camouflaged troops on the block while calmly delivering his lyrics in a hat he surely swiped from Just-Ice‘s closet. Like “I Got Cha Opin” before it, this video also used an alternate version of the song not found on the album. Edited for profanity and with a decidedly less rousing chorus, I think we can all agree this version doesn’t hold a candle to the original.
As previously mentioned, you can catch a live stream of Black Moon performing Enta Da Stage on turntable.com tomorrow afternoon.
Previously: Black Moon: The Beginnings (Documentary)
Rocky has revealed that he has been directing behind the scenes for many artist. One which includes B.o.B, more names to come in the future.
2 Chainz’s sophomore effort BOATS II: Me Time hits shelves September 10th.
“Everybody screaming they want the old Hov, but the new improved Hov hit like Albert Pujols”
Magna Carta Holy Grail officially hits retail tomorrow as the 12th proper studio LP from one of the most accomplished MCs the game has ever seen. For most people, Jay’s 1996 LP Reasonable Doubt marks the beginning of the Hov era, but Gloria’s Warrior was putting in work long before the release of his seminal solo debut. For our latest installment of Video Vault, we decided to compile a few visuals from those pre-fame days, back when you could still find Jay shooting videos in the projects or jumping on posse cuts alongside ODB and Shyheim the Rugged Child.
As you may or may not know, myself and my man Dallas Penn share an affinity for vintage Ralph Lauren Polo. He grew up in Queens and I was raised in Yonkers, but when we first met back during the mid 2000′s, we had an instant connection through our shared passion. In recent years, collectible ‘Lo has seen something of a resurgence amongst collectors of vintage fresh, but the history behind this shit goes back well over 25 years.
These days, anybody can be fresh. There are countless blogs and websites that document and curate all of the latest and greatest in street and men’s wear in what can sometimes feel like real time. Back during the Golden Age of ‘Lo, there were no lookbooks or street style blogs to keep you updated, you either saw something in the store, on the streets or in a Rap video. Like myself, Dallas was heavily influenced by ‘Lo cameos in several early to mid 90′s music videos and so we brought him in to talk about some of the legendary moments that helped shape and continue to influence style to this day.
New video from VNova’s mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight hosted by DJ Diggz and DJ Lust.
Hit the jump for the “Die Slow” video.
Die Slow is a remix of Kanye West’s track “Drive Slow” and is a song from VNova’s mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight hosted by DJ Diggz and DJ Lust.
Download his full mixtape here.
Some 19-year-old rawness from the “Darkside” of an off-the-rails Funk Doctor Spock.