Tribeca Film Festival To Present The World Premiere Of 'Time Is Illmatic'

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) gears up to open with the Time is Illmatic documentary on Wednesday, Apr. 16. The film follows the makings of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic. The premiere will be followed by a musical performance of the entire Illmatic LP by Nas himself. Time is Illmatic, is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The 2014 TFF is presented by AT&T and will run throughout Apr. 27. Time Is Illmatic covers Nas’ musical influences and odds faced in crafting one of the best albums of hip-hop’s second golden era. The film also traces the musical legacy of the Jones family--handed down to the Nas, born Nasir Olu Bin Dara Jones by his Jazz musician father, Olu Dara, the support of his Queensbridge crew and the loyalty of his brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret.

Miami Shakes Things Up With SoulFrito Music Festival

Miami's got soul - there's never been any question about it. And, as one of the nation's most culturally diverse cities, we definitely have reason to celebrate. For over a decade, Soulfrito, the Urban Latin Music Festival, has served as a launching pad for emerging artists within the hip hop and Latin music industries, such as Pittbull, Wisin Y Yandel, Aventura, and Kat Deluna.

Hosted at SunLife Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 22, this year's Soulfrito will mark the 11th installment in the event's history. The lineup currently includes:

  • Busta Rhymes
  • Juicy J
  • Nas
  • Don Omar
  • Victor Manuelle
  • Sensato
  • Plan B (just to name a few)
New Music: CJ Hilton - I Luv It

R&B upstart and Baltimore native, CJ Hilton, is making major moves. He has already worked with hip-hop legend Nas, Young Money's Tyga, as well as Fat Joe, and he is now prepping the release of his buzzing new single, "I Luv It" via Sony Music Entertainment. The single, which will be available for free download on November 26th on Hilton's official site, is a fresh record that is very catchy and has a vintage feel to it.

Check out Hilton's new single below, and be sure to grab your free download on November 26th!

Nas Helps a Single Father and His 8 Kids Get Back On Their Feet

Stanley Young was down on his luck. An unemployed construction worker from Washington D.C. who lost his home to a fire two weeks ago, Young was not only left to sort out the debris of his own life, but also the lives of his eight children. His wife died a year ago, and with no one left to turn to, this single father and his family only had a few days before they were kicked out of their temporary home at the Holiday Inn. That's when legendary hip-hop icon Nas stepped in.

The mastermind behind 1994's Illmatic, one of the most popular and highly respected albums in the history of hip-hop, Nas can relate to Stanley Young's story. Nas is a single father himself and he understands the struggle that people in Young's position often endure. As a result, Nas took the initiative to start a crowdsourcing campaign through Crowdtilt.com to help Stanley Young get back on his feet.

Mixtape Monday: The Grammy Edition

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards have just about everyone in serious anticipation. From the recently revealed nominees, there were a few surprises, givens, and of course, scandals. But while we're making our predictions list before the show airs on February 10, we want to share some of our faves to remind us of what a year 2012 was for music!

1. M83- Midnight City (Eric Prdyz Private Mix)

2. No Doubt- Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer)

3. Fun.- We Are Young

4. Skrillex- Bangarang feat. Sirah

5. Kanye West- Mercy (feat. 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Big Sean)

6. Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe

7. Nas- Daughters

Jojo 'Demonstrates' A Comeback

Twenty-one year old singer Jojo kick slamed the "h-e-double hockey sticks" of all doubts that she could not make a comeback or shed her bubbly pop image seamlessly, with her new sexually charged single "Demonstrate."

The singer makes musical sex purring - "...Baby there's a lot of freaky sh*t, running through my mind that I can't say. But I know I can demonstrate & I can let my body explain" - against a heavy R&B beat.

Jojo teamed up with producer Noah '40' Shebib to create this comeback masterpiece. Shebib is known most famously for pairing up with musical powerhouses like Drake, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and most recently Nas.

Fest in the Southwest: SXSW

On the musical front, the spread is impressive (with performances numbering in the hundreds) and equally diverse. Offering acts across the genres—and truly focusing on the unknowns, up and comers’, and next big things’—SXSW highlights also include: Andrew WK, Asher Roth, Nas, Talib Kweli, Skrillex, and Set Your Goals. Six days (March13-18) of musical majesty await—ready yourself for aural nirvana!

Any gathering of techies, suits, musicians, and artists is guaranteed shenanigans. Enmeshed within this medley of existence, the possibilities are limitless. As sole arbiter of your experience, be sure to individualize your SXSW itinerary (via the appropriate badge) for optimal enjoyment.

Skrillex's Hot New Collaboration... with The Doors?

When you think Skrillex, you probably think long, flowing hair, dizzying dubstep beats, and a sweaty, packed club filled with house-heads entranced by the sounds in the air. You likely don't associate the rising star with The Doors, a band your parents probably saw in that very same club before dubstep, and you, existed. For whatever it's worth, the artist also known as Sonny Moore collaborated with several members of the legendary classic rock unit, and the results? You'll just have to hear for yourself.

According to Spin, the mash-up (which you can listen to below) is part of an upcoming documentary titled RE: GENERATION, in which five of today's hottest DJs join forces with artists in other genres. The other team-ups include DJ Premier and Nas developing a classical track with The Berklee School of Music, as well as Pretty Lights trying their hand at country with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley.

DJ Premier Spins at Re:Generation Preview Party

Chelsea Market opened its doors to some of New York's most notorious music talents last night, as film and music buffs gathered to catch a sneak preview of Amir Bar-Lev's new toe-tapping documentary, "Re:Generation."

DJ Premier, listed by The Source as one of "the top 5 producers in hip hop history," appeared alongside the award-winning filmmaker Bar-Lev ("My Kid Could Paint That," "The Pat Tillman Story") in a Q&A before hitting the turntables himself. The invite-only crowd, featuring an eclectic mix of sleek scenesters, hip hop impresarios, and grungy music journalists, was treated to live performances by Premier, rocker and vice presidential nephew Jamie Biden, and DJ pair AndrewAndrew. Hyundai, who sponsored the film, supplied booze, Pop Burger sliders, and tricked-out cars complete with do-it-yourself turntables and video game systems.

The Naked Apple: NAS' Bday & Jesse Marco Spins 1Oak

I'm almost out of my pasta carb coma! One of my most beautiful friends had her birthday party at Box last night. I haven't been there in so long, but let me tell you….ignore all those ugly rumors…..the shows are still beyond normal mental comprehension. I couldn't take pictures, but I literally witnessed a fat lady stabbing her camel toe with a butcher knife. Now I'm sure this was hopefully staged…I at least tell myself that!!!! Beyond that crazy show, a few really talented people really showed that they need to be off the box stage and onto something much more.