In 2006 Hip Hop was a very interesting place. While powerhouse names like Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye West were still dominate, the mainstream is fully in the midst of a revolution led by the new music makers of the south. Lil Jon’s Crunk movement was turning out ultra energized club hit after hit. Atlanta’s Trap had invaded the scene as artists like T.I, Jeezy and Gucci Mane were just as well known in a city like New York as Jadakiss or Camron. And let’s not forget Ludacris and his DTP camp who would occupy multiple chart slots at a time. The Hip Hop landscape was changing and it was not going unnoticed by one of Hip Hop’s greats. In the view of Nasir Jones, he would tell you “Hip Hop is Dead.” I remember my personal excitement awaiting that release of this album. My Hip Hop taste is very NY for all the good, bad ad ugly of it. Nas’ attempt to being things back to the essence was a rallying cry for many even if it was short lived.
10 years since it’s scene shaking release Nas looks back on the Hip Hop Is Dead album that many rallied behind while even more rallied against. Unintended regional tensions resulted from Nas’ claim that the core elements of Hip Hop, music, wordplay, storytelling and lyricism had been given up for childish, hooks and low grade concepts. Linking up with Google Play and Mass Appeal, Nas delivers a 4 part digital documentary on the this controversial album.
“In retrospect, I missed the mark by miles,” he admits. “I didn’t want to pick people apart. I felt like that was for a younger artist to do. I thought the title was enough — to say it’s dead it was to say, ‘I don’t know where to begin, I don’t know where to start.’ But at least I’ll name it this and we’ll see what goes from there.”
Hit the jump to view the other 3 installments of the doc. Watch as Nas speaks on everything from the album title, his long anticipated collaboration with Jay-Z, to his current view of the culture and his present role in it.
Nomadness Travel Tribe Hits Atlanta For 4th Annual Reunion BBQ
I generally work behind the scenes. I’m not here to be seen and shouted out. I genuinely want to see my Tribe happy and that’s it. There is one aspect of Nomadness I take personal pride and ownership in and that’s the annual summer BBQ. What started as a simple idea to link up and chill back in 2012 has steadily evolved into one of the most anticipated events of the year within Nomadness.
This year was definitely the most ambitious year yet as we incorporated a number of new elements into the mix. Like most things that come up from a grass-roots foundation we had a few issues to over come and the blazing heat of that summer day didn’t exactly help. Yet every person I greeted or who introduced themselves to me was happy. There were smiles, kisses and hugs throughout the entire event. The spirit of family was so strong that from this year forth the annual summer BBQ will now be known as the Annual Nomadness Family Reunion.
Hitting The Road w/ Megabus.com for the Nomadness Travel Tribe Annual BBQ Weekend
This summer I’ve partnered with Megabus.com to travel to a number of locations for a variety of events. The travel was comped but all views and opinions are 100% mine.
A couple of weeks ago, my travel group the Nomadness Travel Tribe, held its 3rd Annual Summer BBQ. It brought in members from all over the nation to celebrate in the annual summer weekend tradition. Megabus served as a primary transportation option for many up and down the East coast. I personally took advantage of the reliable megabus.com service to travel from the New York City into the heart of Atlanta. I’m a frequent megabus user but this would be without question my longest trip ever at roughly 20 hrs.
Traveler Tip: When booking a trip of at least 12 hrs. try to schedule it so much of the ride occurs during you normal sleeping hrs.
I left NYC after 1am so the first 6-7 hrs. flew by as I slept it out. The seats were comfortable and the AC perfectly cooled me down from the heat and humidity outside. Our drivers also kept us informed throughout the entire ride with updates on upcoming break stops and estimated arrival times. In addition to that I was seated next to a pleasant young lady who was also heading to Atlanta to celebrate her birthday. I reached downtown Atlanta within 15 minutes of the projected arrival time.
Once there my Tribe and I enjoyed an amazing weekend. We kicked off the weekend at the recently opened Studio No 7. It was a great late evening venue for the young adult crowd. That was followed up by a dip into the ATL club scene at the infamous MJQ for Hip Hop night.
The main event took place on Saturday with approximately 125 people attending the Nomadness Summer BBQ in nearby Stone Mountain. Friends and Family enjoy home cooking, top grilling and great music via our own DJ Big Dose. It was more then worth the lengthy travel to be a part of this moment.
Before many of the Tribe members departed to make their way back home, we collected one more time for Sunday Brunch at one of the local hot posts Thumbs Up. The food hit the spot and the prices are very reasonable. It was an ideal place to unwind and reflect on the weekend.
After the all that activity I had just enough energy to get to my bus and begin the long road home. For a 20 hr. ride it went by very quickly and very smoothly. I was back in New York safely and on schedule. That was very important in that I only had a little down time before my next trip to Toronto. We get into that a little later. In the mean time thank you megabus for the ride.
Nomadness Travel Tribe Invades Atlanta For Annual Summer BBQ Weekend
Loyal readers should know of my affiliation with the Nomadness Travel Tribe. The international travel collective prides itself on a strong sense of community. This fuels the meet ups that are held frequently through out the United States and around the world. In the midst of all that I felt it was needed to have an event that can bring everyone together in a casual relaxed manner. The Anniversary party is a big lavish gathering so in turn I wanted to capture that energy with less pomp and circumstance. This gave birth the Nomadness BBQ. There’s no grand genius involved in suggesting a summer bbq but I did believe that in true Nomadness fashion it could evolve into a true event. This summer in its 3rd year the Tribe BBQ took that step from a one day get together in NY to a full weekend of activity in Atlanta, GA.
There’s something to be said for what motivates people into action. As I prepared to head south to Atlanta I was questioned by a few friends. “You’re going to Atlanta for a BBQ?” The concept didn’t click with some people and I don’t fault them for it. If you’re not in the Tribe and don’t have that emotional investment for what it stands for that it was an understandable stance to have. From all over the nation love and positive energy made it’s way to Atlanta. Every negative thing that the world consistently tries to tell us we are the Tribe repeatedly disproves. It’s a sort of retreat from the daily stresses of life. It’s an escape to experience the life we all are working to live daily and that’s a life free of the constraints of others, surrounded by people that get what you’re really about.
For 3 days we danced, laughed, supported, networked and broke bread. It was a weekend of reunions for many and first time introductions for others but it was all love no matter what. The images below give you only a peek into the great time that was had by the 125+ Nomadness Travel Tribe members that attended. It was a special time and created memories that will remain near and dear to me as well as many others. #NomadnessBBQ
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