Nas, Madonna and Diplo - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th February 2015
Diplo, Madonna and Nas - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015
Released in the UK today, Nas takes us on a journey through his landmark debut 'Illmatic'.
The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists making their mark on the scene with seminal releases. Nas was one of them, and now his landmark debut 'Illmatic' is being explored in a telling documentary, 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic'.
'Time Is Illmatic' explores the legacy of Nas' debut
Like many young black men exposed to rap culture, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) was forced to live a life of fear and poverty as a youth, with guns and killings being a thing of daily terror. After his early collaborator Ill Will was shot dead and his brother injured in the process, it was time to write an album revealing the truth about ghetto culture - and the fear and rivalry that comes with it. 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' explores his moving relationship with his parents against the grim backdrop of Queensbridge, as he rose up to become one of the greatest rapstars of all time.
With a jazz musician for a father, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones grew up in a world of music. Knowing from an early age that he wanted to become a rapper, he took a look at the bleak world around him and set to work on writing an album that would deliver a voice to the unheard generation of young black men in America. The result was 'Illmatic', a 1994 landmark that heralded the second coming of the Golden Era of hip hop and a revival of New York's rap scene.
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‘Zero Motivation’ and ‘Point and Shoot’ have taken the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival. The former picked up the mainaward, that of Best Film, while the latter prospered in the documentary category.
“Zero Motivation was described by the jurors as "the most hilarious film we saw at the festival," The dark comedy about the everyday life of a unit of young female Israeli soldiers was directed by Talya Lavie. "We believe a new powerful voice has emerged," they added of Lavie, who made her directorial debut with the film.
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With Tribeca's reputation on the up, Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' rides the wave
'Time is Illmatic’ - directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9 – kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, Wednesday, April 16. The film documents Nas’ time living in the projects to his ascendance as an internationally renown rapper with his critically acclaimed debut album.
Nas at the New York Premiere of 'Black Nativity'
The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what Nas has done in his career. It’s about bridging cultures and bridging communities — that’s what his work is about.”
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The Nas movie opened the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.
Rapper Nas paid tribute to Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival, where his documentary Time is Illmatic played as the opening night selection. According to Variety, the crowd at the Beacon Theater practically sang the entirety of the rapper's classic 1994 album Illmatic, with the movie telling the story of how the groundbreaking record put Nas on the map.
Nas at the premiere of 'Time is Illmatic'
The Wednesday evening screening was a double feature of sorts, with Nas playing a nine-song concert, featuring Alicia Keys on piano.
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Saturday was a rough day at Coachella, but definitely worth it for those who braved the storm
If you’re at Coachella this year, you won’t be reading this story and if you are… well, this might just make things worse, but here’s a rundown of the best things you’re missing anyway. Saturday saw a huge dust storm rip through Coachella Valley on Saturday, but diehard fans stuck it out anyway for Muse’s headlining gig. The English rockers performed festival staples like "Hysteria," "Resistance," and "Magic," but a large portion of the Coachella crowd left the field early as high winds swept sand and dust across the festival field, Reuters reports.
Muse went for festival favorites and a Nirvana tribute.
We look over the crowd-pleasers of New Orleans' Buku Music And Art Project 2014.
When people think of Spring in New Orleans, most are looking forward to the annual Jazz Festival - something that the city has arguably become all about, music-wise. However, an equally astounding event also made its mark this month; the Buku Music + Art Project. This is most certainly a one of a kind festival offering astounding musical line-ups, great food and breath-taking artwork along with a range of other on-site activities.
The cast and crew of Christmas musical drama 'Black Nativity' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere at the Apollo Theater. Among them are Jennifer Hudson and Nas who are both recording artists in their own right.
Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy. He is forced to take a trip to Harlem, New York to stay with his churchgoing grandparents Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs who he has never yet met after his mother is handed an eviction notice from their Baltimore home. Langston struggles to abide by the Reverend's strict household rules and the frequent religious worship he has to undertake while living there, and so the street smart teen winds up getting into trouble in his desperation to return home and help his mother. Despite this, he picks up a few new friends and manages to save his Christmas from becoming a complete disaster with a little help from his guardian angel.
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Nas' influence is finally being recognized, by Harvard.
Rapper Nas - real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones - dropped out of school early. From his humble beginnings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the artist had a shot at cracking the music business and, at the age of 21, released his debut album, Illmatic, still one of the finest hip-hop albums ever produced.
Now, almost 20 years on from that seminal record, Nas's influence is being recognized by the Hip Hop Archive and Harvard University's W.E.B DuBois Institute, who have announced the 'Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship,' giving scholars and artists demonstrating "exceptional" creative abilities the opportunity to show that "education is real power."
"Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigor and achievement of hip-hop performance," said Harvard professor and Hip Hop Archive founder Macyliena Morgan in a statement.
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