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“Represent”

Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “Nas is a rebel of the street corner/Pulling a Tec out the dresser/Police got me under pressure”
Why It’s Dope: Nas is explaining the overwhelming sense of fear and paranoia when you’re in the drug game and how that fear can drive you to arming yourself with semi-automatic weapons. He’s proud of his status as a rebel but is also condemning the gangsta lifestyle as not being worth it.

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12 Things We Learned About Nas From His Recent Press Run

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nas classic debut album Illmatic, Nas went on a huge press run talking to press everywhere. He discussed everything regarding Illmatic, to how did he met the producers and the iconic tracks on the album to losling his rhyme book while he was recording...

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XXL: What is Illmatic's legacy?
One9: I think Illmatic's legacy will be, generations from now, people will always consider that album one of the, if not the, best hip-hop albums ever made. I think it will inspire generations. I think now you can listen to what J Cole and Kendrick Lamar say about Illmatic and how it affected them. I think it will have a long-lasting effect in the lineage of classic albums; I'll take it back to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On? to Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. It's something that spoke on many different levels and transcends space and time in many different generations.

EP: I think Illmatic is an album that gave a voice to the voiceless for a generation. It articulated the angst, the worldview, and everything that this generation was going through that a lot of people overlooked through the eyes of this young boy, Nas, who happened to be a poet. It was told through Nas' eyes, but it was about a generation of boys and men and people who were coming of age in America. And I think that's the legacy; there's compassion, there's people that are living in America that want to be heard, and there are people out there who are trying to make a way in the world, and this tells their story.

The film gives you a guide to making the album, not just musically, but also a social and political context of what was going on while he was making that album. So you'll understand why "One Love" was so important to him, because he's talking about all his friends who might not make it, but he did. There are many things we want people to take away from this film, but the one thing for sure that we want people to take away is that Illmatic was much bigger than just Nas and the great poet that he is; he was telling the story of a people, and everyone who wasn't as good at articulating that story, he did that for them. We wanted to honor the people that he's also rapping for and about on that album with this film.
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Nas’ ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Is A Love Letter To The Streets Of NYC

There are times when hip-hop can make those of us who chronicle it very proud. For me, someone who has been in the game since the days of Grandmaster Flash, the most recent occasion was this past Wednesday when the annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled the much-anticipated documentary Time Is Illmatic...

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Check Out The “Respect The Code” Video Featuring Charlamagne Tha God, Lil Duval & Others

MTV2's Guy Code recently kicked off another season of masculine mandates. On the season's first episode, the cast of Charlamagne Tha God, Lil Duval, Donnell Rawlins and others participated in a hilarious faux "We Are The World" remake that features a Jheri curl rocking Lil Duval and lyrics like, "It's cool to have a handful of women that you text with/Don't let your hand be the only thing that, you have sex with...

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