“I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves.”—Sonny Rollins
Nas — Nastradamus a remix by @qknox as QNAS in collaboration with Hip-hop Covers Presents: LollipaRUza.
In preperation for the headlining performance by the cover queens who will be paying homage to Nas, we have teamed up with the illustrious and superior talent of one, Qknox to bring you an exclusive Nas remix every day until the show.
Today is no different, and here is a superb rendition of “Nastradamus” remixed to perfection by the hand of Mr. Q. You can check our more from Qknox over at his bandcamp page: http://qknoxbeatS.bandcamp.com
Here’s what Qknox hs tosay about today’s track:
“When this came out, it wasn’t on the top of my list of Nas tracks to say the least. But I did love the flow minus the beat and it turned out to be a fun remix. I was even converted to liking the original when it was all said and done. An old Cuban ballad provided me with the piano and string samples.”
See you Friday at The Walnut Room……it’s going to be..mind blowing.
Nas — Made You Look remixed by Qknox as QNAS for Hip-hop Covers Presents: LollipaRUza.
Yes yes yall. In preparation for the cover queens burning the stage down on 5.20.11 at The Walnut Room with their headlining Nas performance, we’ve teamed up with the Qknox to bring you an unreleased Nas remix every day until the show.
You’re welcome. Qknox is doing big things and letting beats build all over the place. You can and should check out more over at: http://QknoxBeatS.bandcamp.com
Furthermore, because this is how he gets the fuck down, Mr. Q has provided some insight into his process for keeping shit chopped, screwed, and fresh:
“I brought back a practice I used to do more with this remix: Taking only small phrases of the vocals and manipulating them around a beat I had already created instead of manipulating the beat to fit the vocals. I enjoy driving slow to this and I hope everyone else does. The beat and sample are from my To Brazil With Love Part 2 Hermeto Pascoal beat tape.”
Nas — Black Zombie remixed by QKnox in collaboration with Hip-hop Covers Presents: LollipaRUza.
The cover queens will be headlining classic tracks from Nas’ catalogue at Hip-hop Covers Presents: LollipaRUza (along with your favorite artists in the city rocking a variety of awesome songs), on 5/20.
Because of this (and cause we love you,) we will be debuting an unreleased Nas remix, blended and fused to perfection by the hand of one, Qknox, for this project known as QNAS. (We dropped 2nd Childhood last night: http://bit.ly/m4BeEj)
(*editor’s note: Qknox, also known as the hip-hop James Bond, also known to make the girls blush, also known to melt you face…..you get it.)
Also, cause he’s cool like that, here’s a few words from Qknox on today’s Nas remix, “Black Zombies.”
“One of my favorite examples of great Nas delivery. I used some late 70s psych rock records to give it that uneasy drone feeling for the walkin talkin dead aspect of things, but thought the drums and percussion should be busier to compliment the more rhythmic flow. I kept in some vocals from the psych rock song for the intro/outro, and re harmonized the chorus at the end so they would match.”
QKnox, the very unique and erudate producing architect is releasing a series of Nas remixes that, up until this point have been unheard by a public audience. As you know, Hip-hop Covers Presents: LollipaRUza will feature a headling all female homage to Nas, and we’ve teamed up with Qknox to bring you basically, the hottest Nas shit you’ve never heard flipped.
Trust me, you’ll want to stay a while. In the meantime, here’s 2nd Childhood, QNAS style…and a few thoughts from the producer on what the song means to him.
“The beat can have a strange bounce because the flow leaves no room for squares to be confused about where to bob their head. Nas also starts each verse before the phrase actually begins which makes for fun drops. The horn sample was difficult to chop, and even though I usually cut out the DJs chorus cause it doesn’t work with the beat, (or they suck) well…”
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