Escobar Season Has Returned: Nas Drops 'Nasir' Short Film

Nas Nasir Short Film

Back in June, Nas released his 11th album NASIR, which was produced entirely by Kanye West. There were no visuals accompanying the release, until now.

The good folks at Mass Appeal (of which Nas is a creative partner) and Def Jam dropped a new short film featuring the hip-hop icon performing all of the seven tracks from the album.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the 16-minute-long film also features a cameo from Slick Rick who Nas sampled on his anti-police brutality track “Cops Shot the Kid.”

There are a lot of great moments in the film including the “White Label” segment with Nas donning old-school Gucci gear and spitting his bars in front of a vintage Mercedes Benz. The “Adam and Eve” segment gets a spiritual theme with Nas rapping in a church. The Queensbridge neighborhood (Nas’s native hometown) is also the star of this enthralling film as well.

Watch Nas' "NASIR - The Film"



**BONUS**: VLADTV recently talked with veteran rapper MC Serch who helped Nas secure his deal with Columbia Records. In the clip, he maintains that he never owned Nas' publishing because he never wanted to be looked at as the Jew who profited off a black artist’s success ( **I'm paraphrasing here** ).

MC Serch’s interview with VLADTV is after the flip (click the link).

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Ms. Jill Scott Crossed My Mind Today [VIDEO]

Jill Scott Vid Goes Viral on Twitter

R&B songbird Jill Scott was trending on Twitter today (Nov. 13) after a video surfaced of her simulating oral sex with a microphone during her concert performance.

In the clip, Jilly from Philly is caressing the microphone oh-so gently before showing the audience “what that mouf do.” As fans cheered on, Scott gives visual details of how she performs fellatio on a man, including rubbing the testicles.

The video instantly went viral as fans expressed shock over Scott’s performance. Some people posted hilarious memes and GIFs to express their reactions to the clip, while others joked about holding a personal meet-and-greet with the singer.

But true fans of Jill Scott (like myself) know that Scott has always expressed  her sensuality on the stage and in her music. Hot and steamy songs like "Cross My Mind," "All I" and "Crown Royal" are just a few songs that feature Scott (Ms. Jill Scott if you are nasty) detailing how gets down in the bedroom.

Scott went on her Twitter account to inform her uninitiated followers that this type of performance happens all the time at her shows with proven results. She tweeted:

Scott's fellatio skills aside, I wanted to share my brief encounter with the lovely Jill Scott. I wrote about it on this very blog -- 11 years ago. In June 2007, I bumped into Ms. Scott while food shopping at a supermarket in Philadelphia.

In my blog post "Cross My Mind," I recounted my story of spotting Scott in the frozen food section at the supermarket.

"As I was putting frozen pizzas in my food cart, I looked up and saw the one and only Jill Scott. She was alone -- no bodyguard, no husband, no publicist, just her and a shopping cart. I thought to myself, "what the hell is she doing at the supermarket?"

I stalked watched her as she was looking at various frozen Lean Cuisine dinners. I wanted to give her a big hug and a kiss. Her music has been such an inspiration to me through the years. But I decided not to bother her for an autograph.

Aww, who am I kidding . . . I chickened out.

Yup, I had a chance to say "Hi" to Jill Scott and I got scared. At the time, she was going through a divorce with her first husband, Lyzel Williams. So I could have hollered at her. But instead I kept it moving and didn't bother the gorgeous singer.

In any case, Ms. Jill Scott if you are reading this.

Hi, Jill! 👋🏾👋🏾

If you want to watch Jill Scott's sensual microphone performance, click the link below. I also included some of Scott's sex-influenced ballads like "Crown Royal" and "All I" as well -- just for reference.

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Watch The Wu-Tang Clan Short Film "For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"

Wu-Tang Documentary For the Children

"That's what make Wu-Tang forever. If you don't plant seeds, it won't be forever. You have to give something back in order for something new to grow..." -- Masta Killa

In addition to my Wu-Tang Clan/ATCQ tribute roundup, you need to check out the Wu-Tang Clan’s short film For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

In conjunction with the YouTube channel Certified Classics, the film features Wu-Tang members RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and U-God reflecting on the cultural impact of their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which turned 25 years old today (Nov. 9). Also, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky and others share their viewpoints as well.

The short film was directed by Shomi Patwary who does a great job of documenting critiques from two generation of rappers about the influence Enter the Wu-Tang had on their lives. In our current times, there appears to be a generational gap between the rap veterans and today's new school of rappers. This film brings it full circle. In short, we have to teach the babies without preaching to them.

Wu-Tang Clan is forever...and yes, they are for the children. R.I.P. Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Watch "For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" Documentary


Impeach the President: Ice Cube Releases New Track "Arrest the President" [LISTEN]

Ice Cube Arrest the President

Days after the midterm elections, Ice Cube has released a new single that’s aimed directly at President Trump (aka Agent Orange).

The single, “Arrest the President,” features the West Coast icon spewing his vitriol at the president for his alleged collusion with Russia during his presidential campaign in 2016.

"Arrest the president, you got the evidence / That nigga is Russian intelligence / When it rains it pours / Did you know the new white was orange? / Boy, you’re showing your horns / They’re tryin’ to replace my halo with thorns / You so basic with your vape stick / Let’s go apeshit in the matrix," he rhymes on the song.

Listen to Ice Cube's "Arrest the President"

The song is not as venomous as his classic tracks about white supremacy on his landmark 1991 album Death Certificate. Songs like "I Wanna Kill Sam" and "Horny Lil' Devil" have a little bit more lyrical bite. Nevertheless, "Arrest the President" is a protest song that we need to hear more from our current rappers.

I'm happy that Ice Cube is back and he's ready to spit some truth to power. Ice Cube's tenth album, Everythang’s Corrupt, is expected to hit digital stores on Dec. 7.

If you want to hear two of Ice Cube's incendiary songs from Death Certificate - "I Wanna Kill Sam" and "Horny Lil' Devil" - click the link below. (I also included his fiery tack "We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up" because it's vintage Ice Cube y'all need to hear.)

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Classic Material: Albums by The Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest Turn 25

ATCQ Midnight Marauders Enter the Wu-Tang

Today (Nov. 9) is a great day in music history - two classic albums that shaped and transcended hip-hop turned 25 years old.

On Nov. 9, 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest released their seminal albums, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers and Midnight Marauders, respectively, on the same day giving rap fans endless hours of head-nodding material.

Both albums offered two different musical compositions in rap. On Enter the Wu-Tang, veteran producer RZA delivered a cacophony of sounds that consisted of concrete-breaking beats and sampled vocals from kung-fu flicks. The album's unpolished production sounded like RZA recorded the project in his basement -- gritty and unfiltered.

Meanwhile, ATCQ had already released two classic albums - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990) and The Low End Theory (1991), an impressive accomplishment from the iconic group. Unlike Enter the Wu, the production on Midnight Marauders was polished as the rap trio continued their creative fusion of hip-hop and jazz. Lyrically, Q-Tip and the late Phife Dawg delivered inventive rhymes that dealt with their day-in-a-life circumstances growing up in Queens, New York.

Both are unadulterated classics and I'm not going to even entertain a debate on which album is superior, instead, let's enjoy them for what they are - timeless masterpieces.

"We at 25 years, we know we have arrived at our destination. We're grateful for everyone that’s been a part of this,” said RZA about the LP's 25th anniversary (via Billboard ). “When we said 36 Chambers, the word chamber was giving everybody an idea that you will go through different chambers in your life. It's many things that you have to pass through in order to master yourself."

The RZA also revealed that the borough of Staten Island, N.Y. (native hometown to most of the Wu-Tang Clan members) will recognized Nov. 9 as "Wu-Tang Clan Day."

On the internet, they are a slew of tributes and retrospectives on both of these albums. Check out the list below (click the link):

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