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Nas and Mass Appeal have stepped up to direct ‘You’re Watching Video Music Box’, which chronicles the longest-running music video show in the world hosted by the legend Ralph McDaniels. Video Music Box was launched and hosted in New York City by visionary DJ and MC Ralph McDaniels. With four decades of never-before-seen footage from McDaniel’s packed vault, the film spotlights the series’ global influence on Hip Hop, along with his professional and personal triumphs. McDaniels called into Sway In The Morning to talk about working with Nas in putting this together. https://youtu.be/2kYT27FhUxQ The documentary is available on Showtime now.…

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Nas and his album Nastradamus,  the fourth album released by Nas on Ill Will and Columbia Records. The album debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, selling over 232,000 copies in its first week. Despite mixed reviews the album achieved considerable commercial success and spawned two charting singles, “You Owe Me” featuring Genuine and “Nastradamus.” On December 22, 1999, the album was certified Platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This album was supposed to be the part of Nas’ album “I Am”, which was leaked on the Internet. Columbia…

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DJ Shadow premiered his new single “Been Used Ta” from his forthcoming album, Our Pathetic Age on Sway In The Morning. As far as singles go, what better way to kick it off than with a feature from King Push. Our Pathetic Age is out Friday on Mass Appeal. The album features Nas, Pharaohe, De La Soul, Run The Jewels, Dave East, and his Quannum fam! Listen below. Look out for DJ Shadow performing his single “Rocket Fuel” on Jimmy Kimmel with De La Soul on Nov 19th!

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Forever, the second album from Puff Daddy. The album was released on Bad Boy Records. The album rose to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Forever has also been certified platinum in the US by the RIAA. Sean John Combs whom we have come to love by many monikers, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy or Diddy, worked as a talent director at Uptown Records where he established acts like Jodeci and Mary J Blige. After success as a talent director and party promoter, he founded his own record label, Bad Boy Entertainment. https://youtu.be/h4N6wSr-YeA In 1991,…

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Nas has been making a lot of big money plays lately with his Queensbridge Venture Partners media group. This week it was announced on BusinessWire that Viacom in partnership with Queensbridge Venture Partners has acquired Pluto TV. “Pluto TV’s unique and market-leading product, combined with Viacom’s brands, content, advanced advertising capabilities, and global scale, creates a great opportunity for consumers, partners, and Viacom.”Robert M. Bakish This acquisition adds to a portfolio that already includes Lyft and Genius. That billionaire boys club is looking solid! https://www.instagram.com/p/BsJFSHrH0zt/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=be4pdlws57s7

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Words by Shaheem Reed Tonight’s preview the new LP Nasir was the culmination of a joint effort from Def Jam and Mass Appeal. The two imprints held a party right under the 59th Street bridge in Queens, to which we affectionately know as Queensbridge. As you may already know the album was produced by Kanye West who was in attendance with Nas. But some of the other notable names in the crowd were Kim Kardashian who showed up with Lala Anthony. The G.O.O.D. Music family Pusha T and 2 Chainz came through. New York Hip-Hop royalty Fabolous, Swizz Beatz, and…

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Queens Battle rap legend, Roxanne Shante at just 14-years-old became a budding rap star after being asked to stop in and drop some bars in between doing loads of laundry. From that moment her career took off and too this day is unparalleled as an emcee. Roxanne stopped by Sway In The Morning to break down the history and give us the true meaning of this movie. Roxanne Shante has a special story and it will be told on Netflix by newcomer Chante Adams alongside Nia Long and Mahershala Ali. Watch the trailer below:

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Queens is still producing quality rappers. There is a long legacy of true lyricist that have come out of Q-boro, like Nas, MC Shan, Kool G Rap, Prodigy and Pharoahe Monch. And now there is a new wave emerging. While other markets are concerned about losing its voice to mumble rap, Queens is still holding it down for the golden age of hip -hop, and TR3 is a prime example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSiyenBEMG4 His debut album Rome Wasn’t has all the elements of a solid showing for an ambitious young emcee. The album is 12 tracks of some dope boom bap hip-hop…

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Over time we have come to learn that NBA players tend to be really talented in the musical realm. Shaq, AI, Kobe and Dame Dolla have all shown they have bars. Wayman Tisdale had a great post-NBA career as a jazz musician. And now Victor Oladipo, is letting the world know that he has some vocal skills as well. The newest Indiana Pacer is dropping an album where he is sharing his love of singing. VO sings live in case there was any doubt! And on the eve of Nas’ birthday he weighs in on Lonzo Ball’s comments about the…

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