Nas Is Honored That Jay-Z Beef Is A Big Part Of His Legacy

Nas is embracing his past beef with Jay-Z as part of his decorated legacy.

Much like dancehall music, hip-hop is a deathless sport because it’s a deadly sport. Nas seems to agree that, similarly, hip-hop music will live on because it is such a competitive art form. As such, the rap mogul says he was honored to have been a part of what is widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop music clashes of all-time. The Jay-Z vs. Nas showdown is a time-honored milestone and is perhaps the reason the early millennium was such a historic era for hip-hop music.

During a recent interview with Rick Ruben on the Broken Record podcast, Nas reflected on that time in his career, and he is rather pleased that it is a part of his history. “I was honored to have that part of my life happen because that’s how I saw some of the greats do it coming up,” the rapper explained. There aren’t many genres that can get as grimey and contentious as say – dancehall or hip-hop music, and Nas acknowledged that it’s really the nature of what the genre is.

Hip-hop music was partly derived from earlier influences of reggae and what later became dancehall music by Jamaican music legend Kool Herc. The combative forum that is the dancehall community would nary exist without those combats, and its extensive catalogs historically range from stimulating dance music to gritty war tracks. Throughout the years, many great icons have reared their heads on the battlefield and set off historical clash events.

From Shabba Ranks vs. Ninja Man to Vybz Kartel vs. Mavado, the dancehall chronicles are not short of notorious feuds. So instrumental in the art form, the revered Verzuz battle between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer is regarded as one of the most iconic by co-creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. That particular showing was pertinent to the integrity of the very Verzuz name and drew an audience of millions. Anyone who knows the history of hip-hop, as Swizz pointed out on his Instagram Live after the episode, knows the paramount importance of including two dancehall music icons.

On that note, like dancehall fans, Nas grew up listening to artists clashing in hip-hop, too, which is the reason he considers it a great honor to have penned a similar moment in history. Rick Ruben pointed out that the feud between Nas and Hov only served to propel both their careers. “It shed light on both of you… In the back and forth it elevated everybody,” he said. In response, Nas talked about that back and forth being how hip-hop began, namedropping Double Trouble and Busy Bee as exemplars.

“Again, it’s about the art of MCing and when you’re trying to make the best stuff you can make and you bump heads with another MC, and then you guys have a war or whatever, that’s what this art form was since the beginning,” he explained. Nas says the competitive nature of hip-hop will also serve as the reason for its longevity. “That’s what I like about hip-hop compared to other genres is that they go at it in hip-hop,” he continued. “Like really go at it. Not to say other rockers didn’t go at it, other reggae artists didn’t go at it, other crooners didn’t go at it… but hip-hop will always be around because of how competitive it is.”

Can you imagine hip-hop music without the occasional sparring?

Jordyn Woods Ask Fans For Prayers For Karl-Anthony Towns Battling COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns has coronavirus, and his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, is asking for prayers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves player is the latest celeb to test positive for the virus, which has already seen more than 24.1 million cases in the US over the last year. “Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol,” he wrote in a tweet. “I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”

The news is particularly heartbreaking as Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, passed away in April, a week after contracting COVID.

As the 25-year-old battles, the illness which has already claimed so many lives, the woman in his life is echoing his prayers and asking for a few more to help him get through this tough time. “Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. You’re one of the strongest people I know,” wrote Jordyn Woods in response to his tweet.

Thank you for all of the support and prayers, my family and I have all been tested and the results came back negative. ???? Let’s continue to pray for a speedy recovery for @KarlTowns

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

The model, who has been in a relationship with Towns since July, asked her fans to send prayers the NBA star’s way while confirming that she and her family tested negative for the disease.

Here’s hoping that Towns feels better soon.

Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. ???? you’re one of the strongest people I know. Please send some prayers up. https://t.co/wtDjYynQ2x

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

Bow Wow Apologize To Mayor Of Houston On Twitter

Bow Wow is apologizing to the Mayor of Atlanta after they go back and forth on Twitter over his club packed performance.

In this phase of the global pandemic, officials are still imploring people to stay in and avoid large social gatherings, but the control seems to be slipping further and further away from their grasps. Patrons in every city are filling the nightspots and partaking in their usual leisure activities, which is only a recipe for the outbreak to spread.

While it’s hard to pinpoint the people of influence who are deviating from the COVID-19 management policies, Bow Wow believes that he is being targeted. After a video of the rapper performing at a venue in Houston to a fully-stocked crowd went viral, he took to Twitter to rant with disdain about being blamed for the incident. “Safe to say the mayor of Houston hates my guts. I cant believe I get the blame for a whole weekend. This is ridiculous,” Bow Wow tweeted on Monday (Jan. 18).

Mayor Turner caught wind of the tweet and ended up replying, though he failed to tag the correct Twitter user. “Let me very clear. I don’t dislike @BowWowPromoTeam. While the city is in the midst of this pandemic nearly 2000 infected and 17 dying yesterday, this is not the time for concerts,” replied Turner.

Bow Wow got the club packed in Houston pic.twitter.com/iY83PSA5J3

— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2BIog) January 16, 2021

Bow Wow later apologized to the mayor and showed some accountability for his actions. “I apologize if I did anything wrong. I love the city of Houston. I consider it like a 2nd home. A place I go to one my free time,” he wrote. “Sorry to the mayor for any confusion. I understand the time we are living in so I apologize.”

The rapper, however, could not bring himself to refrain from making his case on how unfair it was that he was seemingly singled out. In his defense, Bow Wow explained that it wasn’t his concert, and he just performed a quick verse and returned to his section where he put his mask back on. Apparently, it was a friend’s birthday, and he wasn’t even paid for his time on stage.

Amid his apology, Bow Wow wrote, “My clip was the only clip to go viral and we know why. Anything with my name attached to it reads HEADLINES. Thats why they chose me…” He, however, added another apology after he digressed for a fleeting moment. “Much love mayor!” Bow Wow tweeted. “Once again im sorry if i caused any disruption. I didnt mean to. All love! And i love the city of houston with all my heart,” he said.

The Twitter spat ended with the rapper offering the mayor front row tickets to the Millenium tour at the Toyota Center, and he gladly accepted. “I appreciate @smoss and look forward to attending his concert myself in Houston when we get past this pandemic. st,” Turner wrote.

All is well that ends well.

Heres the TRUTH: My only statement. 1. It was not a bow wow concert. I simply did one verse to like you. And went back to my section and simply put my mask BACK on.

2. I did not i repeat did not GET PAID for anything. It was my boys 30th bday weekend and i came down off the love

— Bow Wow (@smoss) January 19, 2021

3. I apologize if i did anything wrong. I love the city of houston. I consider it like a 2nd home. A place i go to on my free time.

4. Sorry to the mayor for any confusion. I understand the time we are living in so I apologize.

— Bow Wow (@smoss) January 19, 2021

My clip was the only clip to go viral and we know why. Anything with my name attached to it reads HEADLINES. Thats why they chose me. I understand this is what i signed up for. I can take all the heat and not sweat. Sorry for any confusion.

— Bow Wow (@smoss) January 19, 2021

Let me be very clear. I don’t dislike @BowWowPromoTeam. While the city is in the midst of this pandemic nearly 2000 infected and 17 dying yesterday, this is not the time for concerts. Help us get past this virus and then do your thing. The same for other bars & clubs. st #COVID19

— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) January 18, 2021

Robin thicke – Take Me Higher

[Intro:]
Yeeeaah
Ahhh baby
Yeeeaaah
Oh baby
Let’s get saved
Well well well
Ba-ba-da-da-da
I need
I need to be saved.

[Take Me Higher Lyrics by Robin Thicke continue below:]

I’m coming, baby, I hear your tone
I’m running red lights, I’m rushing home
I got it baby, You feel alone
Your body’s cold & naked
You need me to hold

So, in love
Girl, you’re like the morning sun
When I’m down, you lift me up
I wanna overdose on your touch.

Na na na na, na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then yea, yank on the line
and I get high high high
But baby, baby I don’t mind
(I get higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
and I get high high high
But listen, baby, I don’t mind.

Na na na na, na na na
I’m coming baby, I hear your tone
I’m running red lights, I’m rushing home
I got it baby, you feel alone
Your body’s cold & naked
You need me to hold.

Just because girl you know I love us some us
Better than I thought it was
I want to overdose on your touch.
Yeaah, baby

Na na na na, na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then yea, yank on the line
And I get high high high
But baby, baby I don’t mind
(Take me higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
and I get high high high
But listen, baby, I don’t mind
Take me higher baby, yeeeeah

Na na na na, na na na
I’m coming baby, I hear your tone
I’m running red lights, I’m rushing home
I got it baby, you feel alone
Your body’s cold & naked
You need me to hold.

Oh

Na na na na, na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then yeaa, yank on the line
and I get high high high
But baby, baby, I don’t mind
(I get higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
and I get high high high
But listen, baby I don’t mind
Take me higher, baby
I get higher, baby
Yes, I do.
Take me higher.

Anna B Savage – Baby Grand

“Baby Grand” is a single that’s part of Anna B Savage’s debut album ‘A Common Turn’, set for release on the 29th January 2021 via City Slang .

Baby Grand Lyrics:

We lie side by side under the Baby grand
Listen to Spice, then Funeral, then the sun rises
You catch my eye, reach out a hand
And boop me on the forehead. ‘Nap time’ you said

You rest your head on me under the Baby Grand
I am frozen, it’s so familiar
You’ve fallen asleep: I hold my own hand
And stay as still as still could be
After the record’s ended…
You’ve created this moment just for me

I think it’s just affection
But I didn’t drink much ’cause I can’t be certain

Could’ve slept, but I elbow you under the Baby Grand
and we went off to our separate bedrooms
This morning I wrote that first verse down
and heard you in the kitchen
Probably talking to your girlfriend

Well… I think it’s just honest affection
But I didn’t drink much ’cause I can’t be certain

On the sofa you noticed I’d written
A line about the Edwyn Collins owl mug
Is this affection just created
For a better narrative?
When I dropped you off
I think I wanted to say I’d miss you
Or how I’ve missed you..

I think it’s just platonic affection
But I didn’t drink much cause I can’t be certain
We haven’t spoken so I can’t be certain

Bleach – D-tecnolife Lyrics

ienai itami kanashimi de kizu tsuita kimi yo
kesenai kako mo seoi atte ikou ikiru koto wo nage dasanai de

tsunaida kimi no te wo

itsuka ushinatte shimau no kana
usurete iku egao to kimi wo mamoritai kara
hibiku boku wo yobu koe sae kare
toki ni sou kaze ni kaki kesaretatte
kimi wo mitsuke dasu

ienai itami kanashimi de kizu tsuita kimi
mou waraenai nante hito girai nante kotoba sou iwanai de
mienai mirai ni okoru koto subete ni imi ga aru kara
ima wa sono mama de ii kitto kizukeru toki ga kuru daro

sabikitta hito no you ni

kasanari au dake ga munashikute
hitori de ikite ikerutte itta
arifureta yasashisa kotobajya
ima wa mou todokanai hodo ni kimi wa uzukidasu

tsunai da kimi no te wa nanigenai yasashisa wo motome
Do you remember
itami wo shiru koto de hito ni yasashiku nareru kara
Drive your Life

ienai itami kanashimi de kizu tsuita kimi
mou waraenai nante hito girai nante kotoba sou iwanai de
mienai mirai ni okoru koto subete ni imi ga aru kara
ima wa sono mama de ii kitto kizukeru toki ga kuru daro

How can I see the meaning of life
kieteku you’re the only. . .

kowarenai you ni to hanarete iku kimi
mou waraenai nante hito girai nante kotoba sou iwanai de
ima wa by and by mie nakuttatte subete ni imi ga aru kara
kesenai kako mo seoi attekou ikiru koto wo nagedasanai de

You’d better forget everything. Remember. . . your different Life?
You’d better forget everything. Remember. . . modoranai kedo

hizunda kioku no you na toki no naka de itsuka wakari aeru kara

——

Injured with pain and sadness, the you that cannot be healed
Shoulder the burden of the past that cannot be erased; don’t throw away your will to live

Your hand that I held…

Will we lose it someday?
I want to protect you and that disappearing smile
The ringing voice that calls me dries out
Even if it gets erased by the wind along time
I will find you

Injured with pain and sadness, the you that cannot be healed
Don’t say words like you can’t smile or you hate people
Everything that happens in the unseen future has a meaning
So stay like this, there’ll come a time when you will realize

Like a rusted person

It felt so hollow to just pile atop one another
You said you could live on your own
Just with the usual kind words
You ache to a point where I cannot reach you

Your hand that I held searched for some simple kindness
Do you remember
By learning pain, you can become a person who can be kind to others
Drive your Life

Injured with pain and sadness, the you that cannot be healed
Don’t say words like you can’t smile or you hate people
Everything that happens in the unseen future has a meaning
So stay like this, there’ll come a time when you will realize

How can I see the meaning of life
Disappearing, you’re the only. . .

So you will not break, you distance yourself from me
Don’t say words like you can’t smile or you hate people
Now it’s by and by, even if you cannot see, there’s a meaning to everything
Shoulder the burden of the past that cannot be erased; don’t throw away your will to live

You’d better forget everything. Remember. . . your different Life?
You’d better forget everything. Remember. . . though, we cannot return

Anny Schilder – You Are My Hero Lyrics

You are my hero
and I love you
you’re be sailing across the sea
I am always thinking of you
you’re a hero to me

You are my hero
and I miss you broken heartaches
I would be while we part it
it will breathe it
you’re a hero to me

You are my hero

you are fighting
you must be what you have to be
he must find out what we’re believing
you’re a hero to me

You are my hero
and I love you
you’re be sailing across the sea
I will always keep thinking of you
you’re a hero to me