Illmatic XX is the 20th anniversary re-release of Nas‘s iconic debut album that collects remixes that have only been released on 12″, demo tracks, unreleased cuts and freestyles from radio shows that have never been officially released before. Is this an essential purchase? Depends on how much of Nas fan you are. I already dropped a grip of money for the gold-plated deluxe edition last year and have all the 12″s (albeit in storage) so I’m not trying to drop more money to buy music I already have again but for you youngun’s this might serve as a nice introduction to an album that many view as the pinnacle of hardcore, underground, East Cost hip-hop creativity & artistry.
For those of you whose pockets might be a tad light though, today we are offering you a chance to win a vinyl copy of the album right here on The Kitchen. All you have to do is the following:
1. Follow me on twitter at @Stellaskid (so I can DM you in the event that you win) then…
2. Tweet: “Hey @Stellaskid: I wanna win @Nas #IllmaticXX vinyl courtesy @Sony_Music & @DiffKitchen” [note: you do not need to include the quotes when you tweet your contest message]
I will select a winner on Monday, April 21 at 12 noon EST. FYI: you must be a resident of Canada to be eligible to win. In the meantime, check out a couple of the new tracks from Illmatic XX, “I’m A Villain” and “The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show on WKCR, October 28, 1993″, below:
Related: 10 Short Stories Inspired by Nas’ Illmatic. [MySpace]
This is a heater if you dig stuff like Phoenix or Tahiti 80. Check the following blurb for more info on this premiere by iD magazine:
Parachute Youth’s Johnny Castro has moved onwards and upwards and we’re loving his solo sound. Now going by the brilliant, Yeah Boy, he’s been busy making summery pop goodness that’s just waiting to soundtrack your festival fun times. As he gears up to release his Can’t Get Enough EP through Warner’s One More Tune on 5th May, i-D are pleased to present this tasty treat of a remix by Sam Padrul. Raising the funk level to optimum, we’re loving the disco synths on this harmonious pop debut.
I was late on this cat, I’ll admit but I can f-ck with this!
From the homie, Modulok:
In the summer of 2012 I ventured to Washington D.C. to meet legendary Bad Brains front-man, HR, which was pretty high on my “things I need to do before I die” list. I slept on his floor, he cooked me dinner, and we got in the studio with a beat by Fresh Kils, Dave Stone (bassist for numerous DC area punk bands) Grant McGregor (of the Human Rights Band) on drums and Pablo Fiasco (a musical genius who used to play with The Pietasters, Iron Cross, and now runs something called Pablo Fiasco’s Reggae Sweatshop in Baltimore) on keys. Needless to say it was the experience of a lifetime. The result was a song called Golden Rule. And now there’s a video. Enjoy!
“Golden Rule” is from the album, You Look So Tragic which you can listen to in full on the DK facebook page HERE.
Title track from Toronto MC, Sean Leon‘s recently released, narcissus, THE DROWNING OF EGO full-length project which you can listen to HERE. The album is great, everything Yeezus wanted to be, arty, creative progressive and forward-thinking but also something it was, to my ears, not: listenable! There are shades of Drake, A$AP Rocky and MCHG Hov in the aural mix too but all spun into something fresh and original. I digs. You??
Previously on The Kitchen:
Recent track from young, Mississauga (west of Toronto suburb/city) MC, Devon Tracy off his #RoomFullOfMirrors EP that dropped last week.
Illmatic XX is the 20th anniversary re-release of Nas‘s iconic debut album that collects remixes that have only been released on 12″, demo tracks, unreleased cuts and freestyles from radio shows that have never been officially released before. Is this an essential purchase? Depends on how much of Nas fan you are. I already dropped [...]
We teased the trailer for this last week, now here goes the first look at the full three songs-in-one video for The Names Are Known’s “Another 1ne Of Those Nights”, “CLOSE2U” and “GET UP” from their excellent J. Dilla/Detroit hip-hop-inspired mixtape album, J(N)AMES (note: we sneak premiered this on the Tumblr last night. You should [...]
If you’re a regular visitor here at the Kitchen you might have already checked out the DJ mixed version of the excellent J(N)AMES, the J. Dilla/Detroit hip-hop-inspired full length collab project by local hip-hop producers/DJ/MCs, Deejay Nana and I.James.Jones on our tumblr page. Now the non-mixed version of the album is available so you can [...]
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