4 posts categorized "nas"

11/16/2010

This Happened: Heineken Inspire Encore Event at NYC's Pier 36

This past Saturday, November 13, Heineken threw together a last minute party for about 3,000 of their closest, or not so close, friends and fans. Announced only two days prior to the bash, the Inspire Encore event quickly sold out of its free tickets leaving kids wanting to see Pete Rock, Nas, Cee-Lo, Diplo, J. Cole, Black Sheep and more all at the cost of naught. Oh, and they had a ton of free food and beer and surprisingly, was one of the most well-executed events, save for extended set times by performers, which became long long long in the tooth.

 

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I had a blast getting down to some sweet tunes, and hey look at what my man Wes Deezy was sporting on his ears! He rocked a pair of the studio Beats by Dre headphones, which as I am typing this (shameless plug: on my new HP Beats 14 Envy Edition laptop), have also got my killer set on cranking out the music.

 

Biggest thrill of the day may have been the unannounced inclusion of Black Sheep, which was just...gosh, such a thrill. Hearing The Choice is Yours live in a jam packed pier hangar was beyond anything I could have anticipated, and me and my crew totally fanned out upon his entrance to the stage. Other highlights included: the insanity and forward nature of the crowd around us, J. Cole's rap over a Biggie jawn and Cee-Lo crushing Bright Lights Bigger City with his sexy all girl band.

 

For more of the fun, check out the select images, video I spliced together on my sweet new machine, or the full gallery of pics here.

 

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06/17/2010

Nas & Damian Marley - As We Enter (Foamo Mix)

Get out your airhorns and crossfaders for some afternoon ganja rap reggae radness! Yep, it's a mix of Nas and Damian Marley's As We Enter, as envisioned by Foamo. Pretty fitting since the guy IS from High Wycombe. Ha. High. Dreads. Stereotypes. Oh, and a friggin' amazing mix!

 

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Want to know something?

 

This mix is liquid gold and it makes me want to turn up my dutty whining skills like a dancehall boss. With a grinding beat, a perfect play on the horns post-chorus, and just enough of the vocal elements to make it "lip-syncable", you can guarantee this one goes on repeat.

 

And repeat it again.

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mp3: Nas and Damian Marley - As We Enter (Foamo Remix)

 


05/24/2010

Levi's Pioneer Sessions: Covers of Iconic Songs (free downloads to be unveiled weekly)

The Levi's brand continues in its tradition of bringing great jeans and great music together with today's launch of Levi's Pioneer Sessions, a new campaign that champions musical artists who embody the pioneering spirit of the Levi's brand. An original series of musical recordings by a diverse roster of talented musicians, the slate features remakes of hits from past decades inspired by renowned artists.

  

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Beginning today through the first of July, the series features the release of two singles each week. First up is Nas' take on Slick Rick's Hey Young World, while The Swell Season's rendition of the 70s disco hit, Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton will be let loose on Thursday May 27. Details regarding the remaining artists, Passion Pit and The Kills, and their song choices will complete the current roster of releases and be announced in the weeks to come.

 
Here's the tracks to look forward to. I'm most psyched to hear
Bomba Estereo's stance on Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam. Also...whoa The Kills!

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Nas - "Hey Young World" by Slick Rick 
The Swell Season - "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton
She & Him - "Fools Rush In" by Rick Nelson
The Dirty Projectors - "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" by Bob Dylan
Colbie Caillat - "Maria" by Blondie
The Shins - "Goodbye Girl" by Squeeze
Raphael Saadiq - "It's A Shame" by The Spinners
Bomba Estereo - "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic
Jason Mraz - "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots - "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
Passion Pit - TBD by TBA
The Kills - TBD by TBA

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mp3: Nas - Hey Young World (Slick Rick Cover)

03/30/2010

Nas and Damian Marley: Distant Relatives Tour

After teaming up for a surprise performance at Levi's FADER Fort during SXSW, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley will pack up and hit the road together on their just announced Distant Relatives Tour. The tour will follow the May 18 release of their highly-anticipated collaborative studio album of the same name, and will include performances at Bonnaroo and Gathering of The Vibes.

 

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Featuring the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Damian with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas, the album title, Distant Relatives, refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired both the album and tour. Opening for Nas and Damian during their landmark trek is Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, Nneka, who recently introduced her sound earlier this year through her US debut release, Concrete Jungle

 

Tickets go on sale April 2 at this link. Official tour dates are as follows...

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May 2 -- West Palm Beach, Fl (Sunfest)                   
May 21 -- Arcata, CA (Arcata Community Center)
May 22 -- Eugene, OR (Cuthbert Amphitheater)
May 23 -- Seattle, WA (Showbox Sodo)
May 25 -- Oakland, CA (Fox Theater)
May 26 -- Santa Barbara, CA (University of California, Santa Barbara)
May 28 -- Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern)
May 29 -- Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)
May 30 -- Valley Center, CA (Harrah's Rincon - Open Sky Theater)       
May 31 -- Los Angeles, CA (UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival)       
June 2 -- Santa Fe, NM (Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre)         
June 8 -- Houston, TX (House of Blues) 
June 9 -- Austin, TX (Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater)        
June 11 -- Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo Music Festival)
June 12 -- Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle)       
June 13 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL (House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL)   
June 27 -- Brussels, BE (Couleur Cafe Festival)
June 28 -- Paris, FR (Paris Hip Hop Festival)
July 1 -- Arendal, NO (Hovefestival)
July 3 -- Cologne, DE (Summerjam)
July 4 -- Gdynia, PL (Heineken Opener Festival)
July 6 -- Copenhagen, DK (Vega)
July 7 -- Hultsfred, SE (Hultsfred Festival)
July 9 -- Frauenfeld, CH (Openair Frauenfeld)
July 10 -- Montreux Vaud, CH (Montreux Jazz Festival - Miles)
July 11 -- Rotterdam (Holland North Sea Jazz)
July 13 -- Hamburg, DE (Stadtpark)
July 14 -- Munich, DE (Tollwood Festival)
July 16 -- Manchester, UK (Manchester Academy)
July 17 -- Dublin, IE (Tripod)  
July 20 -- Hammersmith, UK (Hammersmith Apollo)
July 23 -- Gräfenhainichen, DE (Splash Festival)
July 31 -- Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg Waterfront)
August 1 -- 
Bridgeport, CT (Gathering of The Vibes Festival)

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mp3: Damian Marley (featuring Nas) - Road to Zion

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