Nas Says He’s Tired of Celebrating ‘Illmatic’

Nas is over it.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Illmatic, but don’t expect more festivities. During an interview with Haute Living, Nas says he’s done celebrating the groundbreaking album once and for all.

“I’m tired of celebrating it,” he told the magazine. “I’m grateful, but it has started to take on a life of its own.”

He commemorated the 20th anniversary in 2014, but now it’s time to move on. “I just did the 20th anniversary with the National Symphony Orchestra five years ago and, the next thing you know, five years go by and it’s a calendar that I didn’t ask for showing me how fast time moves,” he added.

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Nas, who’s released 12 solo albums throughout his iconic career, thinks Illmatic receives too much attention. “Twenty-five years is a lifetime,” he said. “I’m very grateful–it’s so crazy–but to celebrate one album when I’ve made over 10, all the things I’ve worked on–and I’ve been working for so long–to celebrate one album over all else is corny to me. I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything. I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”

In July, Nas released The Lost Tapes 2 featuring unreleased tracks, and more installments could be on the way. “As you can imagine, I’ve piled up a lot of songs since then,” he said. “So I got enough for a Lost Tapes 2 now. And a Lost Tapes 3 and a Lost Tapes 4.”


Frank Ocean Debuts New Music at PrEP+ Event

Frank Ocean doesn’t make many public appearances, but he stepped out to host his first PrEP+ club night in New York City on Thursday.

During the Blonded-funded event at Queens’ Knockdown Center, which was the first in a series of themed nights that aim to provide a safe space and bring people together, Ocean previewed new music for the crowd.

Despite the camera ban, some clips have made their way online. The Grammy-winning singer stood in the DJ booth and gave fans a first listen to his new club-ready material, including one upbeat track with sped-up vocals.

Ocean recently opened up about his interest in club music. “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs,” he told W Magazine. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…”

On Friday, he took to Tumblr to explain the inspiration behind PrEP+, which was billed as “an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk – had been invented in that era.”

“I decided to name, what was otherwise going to be a night of lights and music inspired by an era of clubbing that I loved PrEP+ because while designing the club which is inside of an old glass factory basement in Queens,” he wrote, “I started to imagine in an era where so many lives were lost and so much promise was lost forever along with them, what would it have been like if something, anything had existed that in all probability would’ve saved thousands and thousands of lives.”

He also addressed critics who claimed it was done for publicity. “Oh one more thing, I saw someone say that this was a PR stunt etc etc, pshhh bitch pls come get a drink next time and I’ll put several barstools out so you can have as many seats as you need,” he added. “All my love everybody really. Stay safe.”


CRWN: Wale

Wow…It’s Wale!

As pandemonium continued with the release of his latest album, Wow…That’s Crazy, Wale mania spilled into New York City on Tuesday (October 15) for his latest CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson.

During their conversation, the D.M.V. poet touched on crafting the album, working with its collaborators, the success of Megan Thee Stallion, the music industry, relationships, pop culture and much more.

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Yung Miami Welcomes Baby Girl Summer Miami

It’s a girl!

Yung Miami and her boyfriend, producer Southside, welcomed a baby girl on Friday, Oct. 18. The City Girls rapper, whose real name is Caresha Brownlee, announced her daughter’s arrival on Instagram along with her name–Summer Miami.

“Summer Miami So happy & blessed,” wrote the proud mom.

She also shared the first photos of her newborn baby in the hospital wrapped in a pink blanket while sleeping alongside her father. A second photo showed Summer lying on her stomach while wearing a ruffly pink dress and a diaper with her name on it.

“I’m convinced I have to be Chinese or Asian! My baby is everything,” Yung Miami wrote on Instagram Stories.

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Summer Miami So happy & blessed.

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This is the second child for Yung Miami, who has a 6-year-old son named Jai from a previous relationship.

Her fellow City Girl JT, who was released from prison earlier this month, also welcomed Summer into the world. “So I can finally express how happy I am that summers here,” tweeted JT. “Snook snook is beautiful just like her mommy.”

The “Act Up” duo is wasting no time getting back to work. They are readying a new album for release in the next 90 days, according to Quality Control CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas.


Summer Walker Performs for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

After making history with her debut album Over It, which earned the biggest streaming week ever for any female R&B artist, Summer Walker paid a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.

Despite being nervous, the Atlanta songstress delivered an effortless 15-minute set. While playing guitar, she opened with “Session 32,” followed by “Wasted.” Backed by her band and two backup singers, she continued with the platinum hit “Girls Need Love” and “Riot” before capping it off with her latest single “Playing Games.”

At the end of her stripped-down performance, an anxious Summer addressed the crowd. “Look, I’m really freaking excited to be here but I have social anxiety like a motherf**ker,” she said. “I’m freaked the hell out, I’m sweating, but this is so exciting for me.”

Later this month, Summer will take the show on the road. Her “First and Last Tour” kicks off Oct. 27 in New Orleans and wraps Dec. 21 in Memphis.