Hip-hop stands as one of the few uniquely American cultural developments of the last century, yet the genre remains misunderstood. Because the line between pop and hip-hop have blurred over the last two decades, a majority of casual listeners continue to define the genre based on what they hear on the radio. Many music fans paint the entire hip-hop world with a stereotypical brush rather than take the time to understand it. Whether you’re a hip-hop fan since birth or just looking for an intro to the genre, these ten classics deliver.
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This new track, just released a few hours ago by Nas via SoundCloud, shows why he’ll always have the strongest flow of any lyricist in the game, no matter what you want to say about him. One of the all time greats here, and he’s still got it! “Nasty” lays it all down over a minimalist beat heavy on the percussion, which allows the vocals to roll over these drums as the minimal synth punches add well-placed ear-catching accents.
This is the perfect showcase for Nas’s ridiculous rhyming abilities. Though the lyrics themselves stick to praising his skills and the women and rewards which come from success in the rap game, it’s hard to argue with the reasons behind that success The song should feature prominently on his yet to be released album, Life is Good, and if the rest of the album lives up to this track’s addictive flavor, this’ll be an album worth anticipating!