Since I was recently talking about MCs that were trying to emulate Nas, let’s talk about the real thing, shall we? Nas never achieved the widespread public adoration that has been bestowed upon the likes of contemporaries like Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, and The Notorious B.I.G. but if it came down to it, I might put Nas above them all. He has a laid back flow that is just untouchable. His lyrical mastery and influence has stretched into the works of artists like Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, and J. Cole just to name a few.
“Street Dreams” was a solid single from his second album, It Was Written. Today, I’m here to talk about the remix of that song. The track was produced by The Trackmasters, producers of other such hits of the era like Foxy Brown’s “I’ll Be,” Will Smith’s “Men in Black,” and Nas’ own “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” You can hear the smooth production stylings of those tracks in this one; The Trackmasters took care to sample only the best in classic R&B: “Choosey Lover” by The Isley Brothers. R. Kelly is featured and brings his unique flavor to the song by singing the hook which is an interpolation of “Choosey Lover” and Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).”
Music I listen to, so you know, if you wanna give me recommendations
Tyler The Creator
Sylvan LaCue (Quest)
Slaughterhouse (All members)
Mr Muthafuckin Exquire
And a whole bunch more just given you an idea of what I like and listen to.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Stand closer, look harder, see clearer.
The pain those eyes have seen, aren’t what defines you. The imagination, the ambition, the love you’ve felt, those are the things that do.
The face staring back at you, was created by a divine being. You are royalty, a queen, a king. Do you see what I’m seeing?
Sometimes you feel worthless, but trust me, you’re WORTH it. Sweetheart, you are perfect, God gave you a purpose.
Be brave. Stay focused. You can conquer every mile. Stand tall. Walk forward…and don’t forget to Smile.
- @OMGkee (Twitter)
Track List: 1. Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix) // 2. Witit by Danny Brown // 3. Too High by Lil Dicky // 4. I’m a Thug by Trick Daddy // 5. Sweatpants by Childish Gambino // 6. Dum Dee Dum by Keys N Krates // 7. We Made You by Eminem // 8. Hate Bein’ Sober by Chief Keef (Dotcoms Festival Trap Remix) // 9. 3005 by Childish Gambino // 10. Anaconda by Nicki Minaj // 11. Collard Greens by Schoolboy Q ft Kendrick Lamar // 12. The Leaves are Brown by Hucci // 13. The Next Episode by Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg // 14. What so Bonfire by Childish Gambino // 15. Heads will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (A-trak remix) // 16. Shabba by A$AP Ferg ft A$AP Rocky // 17. Temperature by Sean Paul // 18. Young, Wild, and Free by Wiz Khalfia //