Saturday, 15 October 2011
SONG FOR THE MOMENT (OCTOBER): NAS-NASTY
"Got some Remy Martin, some good-ass cigars/Check it out/Ayo, late night, candlelight, fiend wit’ diesel in his needle/Queensbridge leader, no equal, I come from the Wheel of Ezekiel/To pop thousand-dollar bottles of scotch, smoke purp, and heal the people"...and with that the king is back. The best rapper alive Nas returns this week with an incredible video to his top, new, lyrical, machine-gun blazing banger 'Nasty' that that has been bubbling on the underground for most of this year. As Nasir Jones takes it back to his 'Nasty Nas' roots we see him in the visual taking a Rolls to his native neighbourhood Queensbridge and giving literally everything to his people there. In a video that straddles the fine line between flash style and substance, Nas boasts about having money everywhere in his house and trying to find "the actress that played Faith Evans". From the looks of this video he has and does. A great song needs a great video and this song has that as well as elements and breaks of old-school hip-hop including his gunshot classic 'Made You Look' (hey borrowing worked for 'Thief's Theme' and 'Hip-Hop Is Dead'). In hip-hop ranks this makes Nas number one with a bullet again and he even says it himself, ("tell these clowns make room for the king"). Hip-Hop is alive again with the return of it's most exciting player for the record. All hail the king! TIM DAVID HARVEY.