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Nas to headline Essence Festival kickoff event on July 3

Nas has been announced as the headliner for Essence Festival's 20th anniversary kick-off event. The concert, which takes place at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on July 3, will also feature Trey Songz, K. Michelle and Jazmine Sullivan.

Nas reveals he's working with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and No I.D. on new album

Nas recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Illmatic debut, which must have left him inspired because now he's announced that he's working on a new record.

5 Reasons Why "Illmatic" is the Greatest Rap Album Ever

I hold the very uncontroversial opinion that Illmatic, the debut album by Queens rapper Nas, is the greatest rap album ever made. In celebration of Illmatic’s 20th birthday today, here a couple of reasons why it’s truly the greatest ever, just in ...

7 Musicians with Tax Problems: R. Kelly, Robin Thicke, and more

Happy tax day! If you feel stressed out and miserable that you waited until the last minute to do your taxes (if that's the case, stop reading this and get back to your taxes), don't feel so bad; even the rich and famous are awful at paying the IRS. ...

5 biggest surprise cameos of Coachella: Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Debbie Harry and more [VIDEOS]

But, the more interesting stories lie in those who showed up at Coachella with no forewarning, shocking audiences in mostly good way (except for one...). Here at MusicTimes, we're all about the element of surprise, so check out the five biggest ...

8 Pairs of Songs with the Same Title: Which is Better?

While musicians can be sued if they plagiarize lyrics or melodies, song titles are pretty much fair game, resulting in a ton of songs with the same name. I’ve decided to stack up some of the best songs that share titles and see which is better. ...

6 Classic Albums That Deserve Documentaries: Weezer, the Strokes and more

Some of my favorite types of films to watch are music documentaries, and with the premiere of Time is Illmatic, a film about the classic Nas LP Illmatic (in my opinion, the greatest rap album ever made), I started thinking about what other incredible ...

Trailer released for Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic' documentary [WATCH]

The 20th anniversary of Nas' debut is approaching and the legendary Queens rapper is gearing up to take his Time Is Illmatic documentary to the Tribeca Film Festival.

Nas, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Tech N9ne and more reflect on 'Illmatic' in new Google Play documentary [Watch]

Nas' iconic debut, Illmatic, turns 20 next week. Hip-hop's major players weigh in on its significance.

Hot 97 reveals 2014 Summer Jam lineup featuring 50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, The Roots and more

New York City radio station Hot 97 live streamed its lineup announcement for the 2014 Summer Jam concert, taking place June 1 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The festival will be broken into two separate stages, playing live to ...

BestTickets.com analyzes hip-hop obscenity from 1985-'13; Tupac Shakur takes the crown

Andrew Powell-Morse and the folks at BestTickets.com get a shout-out today, in thanks for publishing the best data analysis report we've read this month so far (it's only been two days, but this report is excellent). "Profanity in Rap Lyrics Since ...

Lollapalooza lineup is official, and looks exactly like you thought it did: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon headlining

Remember those reports about a possible Lollapalooza lineup leak last week? It turns out they were exactly correct. Eminem, Kings of Leon, the Arctic Monkeys and Skrillex will be among the headlining acts at the 2014 variant of the Chicago music ...

Nas, Alice Cooper, and Bob Weir will be stars of Tribeca Film Festival music documentaries

A number of promising music documentaries will appear at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Possible tracklist for Lil Wayne new album 'Tha Carter V' leaks online [PHOTO]

A tracklisting for Lil Wayne's highly anticipated new album Tha Carter V has possibly hit the 'net.

Nas releasing 'Illmatic XX' to celebrate 20th anniversary of classic album

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Nas' debut album Illmatic and the hip-hop world is understandably excited about it. Many a record has been proposed as the best in the genre's history, but Illmatic is one of the few that never falls out of the ...

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