The 9th Wonder-produced track appears on Rapsody’s album Eve.
The fourth single from Rapsody‘s latest is finally here. On Friday afternoon, she released the video for “Afeni,” featuring PJ Morton. The album is a tribute to both Tupac Shakur and his mother.
“Afeni” follows the theme of the Eve album. In 2018, an interviewer asked if she was a successor to Nina Simone and Roberta Flack. Subsequently, Rapsody decided to pay tribute to her Black female heroes. Previously, she released videos for “Nina,” “Oprah,” and “Ibtihaj.” The latter features GZA and D’Angelo. The tracks pay homage to their namesake.
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Nas has released the standalone music video for his song “Cops Shot the Kid” from last year’s Nasir. The almost three-minute long video is centered around a young black man running from the cops along with scenes of Nas rapping verses from the song. The video also includes a cameo from Slick Rick, whose “Children’s Story” is sampled on the track.
Last year, Nas released a short film named after his 11th album. The 16-minute video is soundtracked by different tracks from the album, with the film tackling everything from Nas’ legacy and upbringing in Queensbridge to racism and police brutality.
The film was written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat. Blair-Mangat also worked on JAY-Z‘s video for the 4:44 track “Bam.”
Shortly after the release of Nasir, Nas announced that he was working on another album.
“It’s another album that I already had been working on before [NASIR]…Since I did this, I gotta do something that, you know, goes in another direction a little bit. So I’m finishing up the next one,” he said previously.
He also said that the wait for the album wouldn’t be long, adding: “No, it’s not gonna be that long because half of it was already there, yeah. I did do something with Swizz, I did stuff with RZA. I’m a big Wu-Tang fan. RZA’s real.”
Nas was also in headlines last year after ex-wife Kelis revealed that he allegedly abused her mentally and physically.
“It got to the point where if I wasn’t pregnant, I might have stayed with him,” she said previously. “I was pregnant and it was a mess and I felt like I wasn’t going to bring a child into this.”
He responded to Kelis’ allegations on Instagram, calling her claims a “sad fictitious story.”
Last night, Anderson .Paak was the musical guest on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by actress Claire Foy, who stars in the 2018 film, The Girl in The Spider’s Web.
For his first outing of the evening, .Paak performed “Tints,” the lead single off his recently released album, Oxnard, welcoming collaborator and labelmate, Kendrick Lamar, to the stage to light up his part of the track from in front of the centerpiece drum kit. .Paak does the dynamo thing, rapping and singing while simultaneously holding down the whole band’s pacing behind the kit. His second performance featured the song “Who R U?,” flexing tight choreography in front of a glowing red backdrop. You can watch both below.
Oxnard invades Studio 8H
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Oxnard released on November 16th as his Aftermath debut, featuring production from 9th Wonder, Dr. Dre, Chris Dave, and Q-Tip, along with guest appearances from J. Cole, Kadjha Bonet, The Last Artful, Dodgr, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more. Hit the link to pick up your copy via iTunes today.