Hear It First – Madonna ft. Nas, “Veni Vidi Vici”

Madonna-Rebel-HeartI originally planned to use up this article with a few “Madonna is so old” jokes, but she probably wouldn’t be amused by that, seeing as how she likely witnessed the invention of the joke. A notable thing about “Veni Vidi Vici” is that Nas is normally the veteran feature on a song, yet when Madonna first met fame, the future-rapper was entering the early stages of puberty.

I could go on and on with the jokes, but I actually consider Madonna looking young considering she’s 80 years old. So new song by her, with Nas performing a verse, and it has a rebellious Pop/Hip-Hop vibe. Surprise, surprise.

Check out the new song and hear it first by following the link below:

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.29739/title.madonna-f-nas-veni-vidi-vici

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Hear It First – Nas, The Season

Produced by J Dilla is Nas’ latest track This Season. I have ranked Nas as my #1 best rapper all-time, and I still stick to that. I’ll leave the song below, and you can see what you think. I like it, but it has already had plenty of plays and I do not think it really needs much reviewing to know it’s a good song. Also, how about those shots at Jay-Z?

Go ahead and go over to HotNewHipHop.com to hear it first below:

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/nas-the-season-prod-by-j-dilla-new-song.1958875.html

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – The Game ft. Kendrick Lamar, The City

This one dates back a couple of years now and even has quite a lot of views, but I want to use this opportunity for a couple of reasons. First, there should be some real appreciation given to Kendrick Lamar. This was the first real song where we got an idea of his potential.

Of course after Game named his top five rappers all-time, it gave me the idea to come up with my own. After hearing this song over two years ago, I think it is safe to say I will stick with my list. But first let’s talk about the song.

The City is definitely not home to some of Game’s best lines, but absolutely that for Kendrick. General topic of the track is city gang wars in Los Angeles, but the beat gives the song a perfect ominous feel. I have always loved The City’s sound.

Overall, I have to give this a 8.5/10. It is very hard to rate this when Game is so disappointing but Kendrick Lamar kills the hook and his verse. However I have to rate it neutrally, though Game’s parts are not exceptionally disappointing. Definitely listen below:

And now my top 5:

  1. Nas (because duh)
  2. Wu-Tang Clan (Can they count as one? If not than basically RZA and Raekwon)
  3. Tech N9ne (Not on most lists but this man has quite the verses and stories to tell)
  4. Eminem (Per Tech N9ne but more mainstream)
  5. Kendrick Lamar (Best flow of any rapper currently, just barely beats out Big Boi and Andre 3000)

Call it what you want, but that’s my list and it has been that way for the past two years. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite (trust me, Biggie, Pac and Hov are close behind them, still in my Top 10) but those are my personal top 5 best. Sorry Game, you didn’t make my list.

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Lil Wayne ft. Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes, Outro

Let me just start my first article featuring Lil Wayne with a little piece of information: I am not a Lil Wayne hater. I really don’t hate any artist, as I try to be open to any and all music. However there are some artists whose music/songs I tend to not like. But even still Lil Wayne is not one of those people.

Luckily for anyone who does not like Lil Wayne, this song does not actually have him in it. It was the outro to his album Carter IV (my favorite of his albums) and has some great verses on it. The hook-less track features a freshly-released Shyne after being in prison for over a decade, as well as my all-time highest ranking rapper, Nas. Busta Rhymes and Bun B both deliver huge verses and make this one of my rap favorites.

Overall, I give it a 9.25/10. Some very excellent verses (except for Shyne unfortunately) but no hook and these talents were saved for an outro instead of put on a single sadly. Still deserves a listen as it is often overlooked, here it is:

-Austin Heath