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Illmatic Revisted: Interview With Brian Katz, Director of Nas’ “Represent” Video


Brian Katz hit the jackpot. Katz is a native New Yorker now working at a marketing agency in Los Angeles with no experience making music videos, but a contest by hip hop culture magazine Mass Appeal (for which Nas is listed as an associate publisher) gave Katz a shot at directing the latest visuals from Queensbridge’s own Nas, an artist Katz has been following since his own New York days as a teen two decades ago. To make it even sweeter, the contest called for treatments for a video for “Represent” off of Esco’s classic 1994 debut effort, Illmatic, with Nas himself picking a winner. 

The resulting product features Nas, more than 20 years older than the youthful Nasir Jones rapping on the track, sitting on a couch and smoking a cigar as film of a 1920s silent movie flashes around him, with shots of a young Mr. Jones interspersed throughout. Speaking from coast to coast, I talked on the phone with Katz to chop it up about the once-in-a-lifetime experience creating the video.

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Masterminds Remixed: TenDJiz- CommoNasm (Common & Nas Meet Soviet Soul Jazz)

This is probably one of the coolest projects you’ll ever see put together, and thankfully when you hit play the execution lives up to the level of the concept. So what’s the concept then, right?? TenDJiz of Miami uses a capellas from two of hip hop’s biggest and longest lasting heavyweights, Common and Nas, and mixes them over some dope samples of Soviet soul and jazz. If you’re upset that Nas and Common haven’t delivered the joint album that they alluded to after releasing “Ghetto Dreams”, this is definitely good enough to make you postpone the protest march for at least a week.

Music Video: Nas- “Daughters” (Life Is Good)


Besides  this being one of my favorite songs to drops recently from one of my favorite emcees of all time, the visuals to this single off of Nas’ upcoming album stand alone as something to check out. Dope concept. Life Is Good drops July 17.

Music Video: Nas- “The Don” (Life Is Good)


Brand new visuals to Nas’ recent single. Ahh I’m excited to be going home to NY for the first time in months very soon. Life Is Good drops in July.

God’s Son: Nas- “The Don” (Prod. By Salaam Remi, Heavy D, & Da Internz)

Brand new single off of Nas’ Life Is Good album dropping on…well, just enjoy. Production from the Heavy D, Salaam Remi and Da Internz.

Rick Ross- “Triple Beam Dreams” Feat. Nas

With Ross’ Rich Forever out now, let’s showcase one of the stand out tracks from it. This one features Nas, one of the greatest to ever do it, and is crafted by The Justice League.

Debate Team: “Illmatic” Vs. “Food & Liquor” With Brooklyn Bodega’s The Company Man


An old classic and a new classic. Nas’ 1994 debut album Illmatic undoubtedly comes up in any die-hard hip hop lover’s list of top all-time hip hop records. Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor is not such a gimme, but that might only be because it just came out in 2006, making it too recent in our minds to warrant that type of consideration. But is Lupe’s Food & Liquor really a “new classic”? Is it better than Illmatic??

After a RE/Mixed Media Festival panel discussion in Brooklyn, I talked with Brooklyn Bodega managing editor and Hip Hop DX contributing writer The Company Man to have the ultimate debate. Illmatic vs. Food & Liquor.

Part II after the jump

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