[video] How-To: Make Prison BBQ Salmon with Prodigy of Mobb Deep

Prodigy from Mobb Deep visits the Munchies Test Kitchen to enlighten us on how to cook BBQ salmon if you were in prison. Now you might say, “But I am not in prison, why would I make this?” The answer to that is simple, because it is delicious and affordable. This is a great recipe for any with access only a microwave and a toaster oven, like a college student living in the dorms, or someone in prison.

[video] Nas – Obey Your Thirst (Episode 2)

Nas shared his story with The FADER x Sprite. “Growing up in Queensbridge, hip-hop was the most amazing thing I’d ever heard,” says Nas in the Obey Your Thirst documentary, made by The FADER and Sprite. “There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation.”

Considering that these are words coming from one of the most revered rappers of all time, behind one of the most beloved albums of all time in 1994’s Illmatic, it’s safe to say that Nas has succeeded in making his dreams a reality. But how did he make it all happen? In the video, Nas gives up-and-comers some advice, insisting on following your vision regardless of what other people say: “Why do something that’s not you? Trust in yourself and always push the envelope.”


[video] Nas’ Time Is Illmatic (Trailer)

Can’t wait for this.

Nas has big plans for the 20th anniversary of his classic album Illmatic. In addition to issuing a re-release of the album as Illmatic XX with plenty of bonus cuts, he’s completed a documentary which shows his creative process. The documentary, “Time Is Illmatic”, will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, but before that time we’ve received a trailer in anticipation of it.
Illmatic XX arrives on Tuesday and can be pre-order on iTunes.

Truth Exposed: NY Daily News Co-Signs Roxanne Shante’s PHD Lies

It seems that online magazine Slate Magazine takes the ideals of journalism more seriously than the Daily News, which ran a story celebrating lies old-school rapper Roxanne Shante has spread over the last decade about receiving a PH.D from Cornell University.  In this digital age, Slate used old-fashion methods of fact checking that apparently slipped the mind of Daily News writer, Walter Dawkins.

An investigation by Slate has revealed:

  • According to Warner, neither it nor any of its subsidiary record labels ever had a contract with Shanté, and it was not obligated to pay for her education. Indeed, there’s no evidence that it ever did.
  • Shanté—real name Lolita Shanté Gooden—doesn’t have a Ph.D. from Cornell or anywhere else. Indeed, she admitted it in an interview with Slate. And Cornell has no record of Gooden (or “Shanté”) ever attending or receiving a degree.
  • According to Marymount Manhattan College records, Shanté enrolled there but dropped out less than four months later without ever earning a degree.
  • New York state records indicate that no one named Lolita Gooden or Roxanne Shanté is licensed to practice psychology or any related field.

With more recent female rappers Lil Kim, Remy Ma, Da Brat and Foxy Brown spending time in jail for various forms of “keeping it gangsta,”  Roxanne Shante’s fraudlent story was thought to be a point of inspiration for young women and men seeking to find purpose beyond rap.  While working on my thesis documentary Little Miss Hip Hop, I briefly spoke with Roxanne Shante who said she would be up for an interview and speaking at the University at Buffalo about opportunities for women in hip hop.  However, I never heard from Roxanne Shante after I explained that I wanted to set up an interview at her office and I wanted her to share information about her practice.    I thought that I was just being dissed, when in reality Roxanne Shante was avoiding the truth.

Click Here for the full article at Slate Magazine:  Roxanne’s Nonexistent Revenge

Nas Signs on to Endorse Fila, Fila Pledges to Support Project

Smoking that LA LA LA

via Billboard

Rapper Nas has broken his tradition of sidestepping brand partnerships and inked a one-year partnership with athletic apparel company Fila, Billboard can reveal.

Fila will offer reciprocal financial support for Nas’ print and TV ad campaign as well as his upcoming tour in support of his untitled album, due July 15 via Def Jam. In return, the MC will wear Fila products and co-create an apparel line that draws from fashions of the late ’80s.

“My best friend Will and I loved Fila,” Nas tells Billboard. “It represented prestige and everything that was cool to us. When Will passed, we buried him in a black Fila sweat suit, so doing a deal with them has a lot of significance for me.”
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Nas Graces XXL’s 100th Issue


Last year this time Nas was putting Hip Hop in an early grave with his release of Hip Hop Is Dead. Now a year later he is back doubling his duties as the grim reaper by gracing the cover of XXL’s 100th issue, a commemorative milestone issue not only because they’ve broke the century mark but also this is the last issue being helm by Senor Elliot Wilson.  Let us all have a moment of silence… On a lighter note make sure you download that exclusive NAS concert brought to by none other than STREET KNOWLEDGE!

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Editor’s Note: This joint ain’t even drop yet and its already a collector’s item!