Top 5 Best 90s Rappers

Today we celebrate the veterans of the Hip Hop game and no better years to recall than the 90s. Various rappers brought us the best rap songs of all time and their music influenced and ushered in a new generation of rappers.

Let’s take a look at 5 best rappers of the 90s:

Tupac

It’s impossible to mention 90s rappers without Tupac Shakur making the list. Despite his death back in 1996, Tupac has remained to be one of the most influential rappers in history. He rapped about everything that mattered to him from gang wars to civil rights and drug addiction but most importantly, he was a remarkable storyteller – something that few rappers to date have been able to live up to.

Notorious B.I.G

Biggie is also referred (by some) to as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In between drug dealing and trying to support his family, Biggie released a sprawling masterpiece Ready to Die in 1994. Few years later, he dropped a double album Life After Death, consisting of sprawling, diverse, incredibly ambitious collection of songs that took us a while to digest. His lyrical talent, complex rhyme schemes and uncompromising flow is what made his music so great.

Snoop Dogg

If you ask me, Snoop is one of the coolest rappers of his time. His run kicked off with his 1993 album Doggystyle that was masterminded by Dr. Dre. His instantly recognizable voice that is supplemented with a flow so smooth is what made his music so dope in the 90s. Some of his most memorable tracks include: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” ft Pharrell, “Whats My Name?” and “Still a G Thang”.

Jay Z

Jay- Z is one of the few 90s rappers who hasn’t fizzled out despite his retirement. He started his remarkable run with the 1996 release of Reasonable Doubt. His mafioso rap blueprint brought a different kind of energy to the game. His charisma, wit, and skillful wordplay quickly pushed him to the top with albums like In My Lifetime, that went platinum, Hard Knock Life and Life and times of S. Carter 1999 that was certified 3x platinum.

Nas

Nas started off Illmatic , an album that is arguably the most influential record in rap history and it was just the beginning. His second album It Was Written, became Nas’ most commercially successful album. He sold millions of records and maintained his fan base thoughout the 90s.

 

Nicki Minaj And Nas Have Reportedly Been Dating For a While! (Details)

Rumours about Nas and Nicki Minaj dating have been going around for a while now, and now it seems like there was some truth in them.

According to E! News, the two have been dating since May! Nicki was at Nas’s 44th Birthday party and the two appeared to be getting Cozy with Nas kissing Nicki.

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The two sparked dating rumors when Nicki posted a photo on Instagram of her and the rapper captioning “Only KINGS recognize QUEENS. @sweetchicklife has the best food 👅 congrats @nas 😜,”
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This was followed by Nicki appearing on Ellen where she admitted being having sleepovers with Nas. “We have! Yup. I go to (his house)… I just thought him coming to me was too forward. Let me clarify, we didn’t do the…” Nicki told Ellen.

Well, they sure do make a cute couple. Check out pics from Nas’ birthday party below:

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Swizz Beats VS Timbaland : Who Is Your Money On?

Swizz Beats and Timbaland are two of music’s biggest producers which is why their epic music battle will most likely be one for the books. 

These two beat maestros started a hash tag, #imwiththesmoke on instagram, using it as part of captions to their back and forth videos in which they show off their production skills.

Kicked off by Swizz Beats, the two have now even sparked conversation among music icons like Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Styles P, with these heavy weight rappers each weighing in on the battle whose date is yet to be set.

Without picking their favorite, check out their comments.

Nas said;

“That’s two top tier ni***s going at it. That’s what the game need. The game needs that. Y’all two ni***s are like two of the illest ni***s so … y’all both my brothers, so I just want to watch it go down.”

Kendrick added;

“This is my generation. Being a student of rap, when I first started rhyming, what I used to do was check the fucking credits. This is something I don’t know if the kids are doing, but I’m going to explain it to you. Checking the credits is how I know I want to work with Swizz Beatz one day. I remember my favorite fucking beats, checking the credits, would say Swizz on it.”

Jadakiss commented;

“It’s going to be a tight one. It’s going to be a good one. We’ve got confidence in Swizz. Timbaland got a load of hits. I want to see it, it should be interesting.”

Styles P said;

“A lot of my favorite Timbaland joints are Justin Timberlake joints and kind of more pop joints,” he said. “I love both of them, they both make great R&B, they both make great hip-hop, they both make great pop and it’ll be great for the culture. Timbaland’s fam but Swizz is immediate fam, so love is love. We’re just interested to see [the battle].”

As entertaining as their videos on IG have been, there has been speculation about whether the battle may have actually been inspired by a real life beef, but Timbaland made sure to clear that up by posting that there is absolutely no beef between he and Swizz. 

His post read;

A lot of people misunderstand what a competitive battle is. It’s not about destruction. It’s about 2 competitors with mutual respect and love, battling to bring the best out of each other. To elevate the art to a place where it couldn’t have gone on it’s own. To its plateau. I love Swizz and respect him just as much. But best believe that we are both going to come hard at each other and bring out the best of ourselves… It’s all about the music… It’s all about art… It’s all about the culture… It’s bigger then us. If we’re not going to change and elevate, then what’s the point?? #imwiththesmoke @therealswizzz

Swizz Beats is famous for producing hits such as  ‘On To The Next One’ by Jay Z (Off of his The Blueprint 3 album) and Timabaland is known for producing Keri Hilson’s ‘The Way I Are’. 

Follow their very enticing back and forth on their respective instagram pages. 

Swizz Beatz Debuts Jay Z, Nas, DMX, & Jadakiss Collaboration

During a live beat battle between Swizz Beats and Just Blaze, Swizz pulled out the heater and dropped a previously unreleased track that features Jay Z, Nas, Jadakiss, and DMX.

Nas breaks out the track reminding us that Escobar season is back. Jay Z comes correct with his bars, “Jumping off boats, hopping off another cliff/Every six months, I think I need a new bucket list.”

Jadakiss and DMX tie the track up but their lines are not to be overlooked just because they are stepping up after Esco and Hov. “Life’s a bitch, but you can’t snuff her/Loyalty is something that you can’t get enough of,” Jadakiss raps.

Whether the song will get an official release date remains unclear. For now, catch a snippet of the unreleased cut.

A Nas Biopic Is Coming To BET

Following record breaking numbers stemming from their recent New Edition documentary, BET has now confirmed a new biopic with legendary Queens rapper, Nas.

According to reports, the biopic will be named after his 1996 classic, “Street Dreams,” and will document his life “as he evolves from young man to crack dealer to rapper to adult.” The series will be executive produced by Jonathan Levine and Nas himself but no release date has been announced as of yet.

For now lets roll back to “Street Dreams,” that featured R. Kelly, off his album It Was Written.

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Kendrick’s ‘TPAB’ Among Hip-Hop Classics to Be Archived in Harvard Library

The name 9th Wonder and Hip Hop are synonymous. And it came as no surprise in 2012 when the iconic producer was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute; which led to his undertaking of a three-year project titled “These Are The Breaks,” which will chronicle 200 hip-hop albums that are “a standard of the culture.”

In a recent Instagram post, 9th revealed the first four albums that will be included in “These Are The Breaks,” meaning they will be archived in the Harvard Library, along with liner notes and the vinyl used in the production of the albums.

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Three of the first four picks are widely regarded as classics—Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas’ Illmatic and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. But it was his fourth pick that really stood out: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.

To be fair, 9th does mention in the post that the albums are being rolled out in no particular order, so this isn’t necessarily ranking Kendrick’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece as one of the four most deserving selections, but its inclusion in this project absolutely does solidify it as a masterful offering deserving of “classic” status, despite how recent its release was.

It makes sense that 9th would have a deep appreciation for—and understanding of—Kendrick’s 2015 release, as he served as an engineer during the album’s production. Still, the significance of TPAB being included in the first round of albums to be forever preserved in the Harvard Library should not be taken lightly.

As previously mentioned, there are still 196 more records that will be included in the project, which is slated to take three years to complete. How important this project is cannot be understated, will be the lens through which future generations might view the culture and art form we hold so dearly.

 

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Listen To Robin Thicke’s New Track “Deep” Ft Nas

He’d teased this before over a quickly deleted Instagram post and now Robin Thicke has finally released his new collabo with Nas “Deep”.

“Deep,” is a smooth R&B track that addresses a wide range of personal and political topics. Going acapella, Nas delivers a powerful verse addressing the issues of police brutality & racial injustices in America, before laying out some scathing words about Donald Trump. “And you don’t think it’s an emergency / A toupée-wearing liar is tryna run the USA,” he raps.

For his part, Thicke delivers his silky smooth vocals while singing about relationship issues that just aren’t worth losing sleep over. “It ain’t that deep, we ain’t gotta lose sleep,” he sings over the sound of whistles.

It is not yet confirmed whether this track will feature in thicke’s upcoming album, the follow-up to 2014’s Paula

Have a listen below and let us know what you think:

 

5 Celebrities Who Age Unusually Well

Constantly being in the limelight has its perks, but it also has its drawbacks; and one of the major drawbacks is that fans and haters alike watch you age either gracefully or horribly poorly.

But for some celebrities, age does not seem to be a factor because even as they advance in age, they still look good! One of those celebrities is Nas.

The New York emcee turns 42 today, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at recent pictures of the rapper. He is one of the few celebrities who have somehow managed to defy nature by looking the same for decades. Scroll down and check out other celebrities who have aged gracefully:

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Ages: 46 & 43

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Gabrielle Union
Age: 42

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Halle Berry
Age: 49

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Pharrell
Age: 42

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G Money Goes Digging In The Crates (DITC) This Week With Nas’ “Illmatic”

If you are a regular listener of G Money’s weekly breakfast show, then you are familiar with the daily feature called Digging In The Crates (DITC) where G & Calvin break down a Hip-Hop or R&B album that has stood the test of time.

This week they get into what many regard as the Hip-Hop Bible: Nas’ Illmatic!

Released 21 years ago on the 19th of April 1994, Illmatic was Nas’ introduction to the world; and seeing as he was only 21 when the album came out, it’s amazing to realize just how gifted Nas was at such a tender age.

Illmatic went on to become one of most critically accepted Hip-Hop albums of all time as it sparked the “Golden Era” in the genre, with every artist trying to put out an album to match Illmatic’s greatness.

So if you are a Hip-Hop fan, make sure you tune in to G Money in The Morning from 6-10 and listen to G as he breaks down this classic album.