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5 Reasons We're Excited For Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic'

We've heard the saying, "rap is a young man's game" and it's true—it's a genre fueled by our cultures youth. But there's something special to be said about an artist whose words still impact the culture and it's consumers after twenty years.

It's true, Nas really is half-man, half-amazing. Whether you were introduced to his lyrical genius as Nasty Nas, Escobar or Nastradamus it's a general consensus that when you bring up Nasir Jones, his groundbreaking debut album Illmatic will be discussed—as it should be.

Twenty years since it's release the Queensbridge Don has gone on to become one of the games most respected lyricists and fan favorite of all time. To celebrate Illmatic's 20th anniversary Nas teamed up with director One9 and writer Erik Parker to create a feature length documentary titled Time Is Illmatic. Which is the only right way pay homage to the album that singlehandedly broke the mold and restored the feeling of east coast rap.

No walk in the park (more so writing names on his hollow tips, plotting), the film journeys through Nas' hard knock life as a young, black male while curating arguably one of the most succinct, nearly perfect rap albums of all time—making the transition from a young street poet to a visionary MC.

Vixens, click next as we dish on why we're excited for Time Is Illmatic.

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1. Illmatic is a hip-hop classic.

Who do you know that makes arguably, the greatest hip-hop albums of all time at only 20 years old? With it's debut in 1994, Illmatic mesmerized hip-hop/rap purists from coast to coast with the tough and gritty New York streets Nas was bred from. With only 10 songs the young lyricist hailing from Queensbridge became a leader of hip-hop's golden age, an honorable title he will forever cherish.

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2. They say numbers don't lie, but for Illmatic they do.

Commercially, Illmatic performed so-so but then again what's understood doesn't need to be explained and the streets felt exactly what what Nas was rapping about. 59,000 copies can't even touch the lifetime credibility he obtained from this cult classic.

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3. He's fine, duh.

Undeniably, the reigning champ of looks when it comes to the plethora of men in the rap/hip-hop industry Nasir absolutely takes the cake. Naysayers shall all be shunned because Mr. Jones is forever our #MCM. We're definitely here for 74 minutes of this lyricist.

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4. Illmatic has influenced many rappers.

The impact of Illmatic was massive and the debut album of Jones' is still the blueprint many are inspired by from Drake to Kendrick Lamar and most-notably J.Cole. And apparently Nas is well aware of his impact as he confidently expressed on Ether, "I got this locked since 9-1. I am the truest; name a rapper that I ain't influenced".

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5. Any an all content Nas curates has a real and unifying message.

When it comes to Nas, he always comes correct with a message. Beyond the fame, he is a humble man that understands the insurmountable odds placed against his culture through social conditions and environmental influences but with a single like "I Can" this mans message will never fall upon deaf ears.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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