When it comes to Nas, Hip-Hop heads have longed for two things: better beat selection and, logically following, a re-connect with the incomparable DJ Premier. Luckily, Hyundai (yes, really) helps bring our Hip-Hop wishes to reality through their RE-GENERATION project, “a documentary film that follows DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson and Skrillex as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music.”
In this case, it’s Hip-Hop meets classical as Nas and Premo hook up with the Berklee Symphony Orchestra for a refreshing collision of sound and style. There are dramatic strings, trademark Premier scratches, and Nas comes through to set the scene with a potent 16. It’s not quite “N.Y. State of Mind” or “Nas is Like,” but it’s worth checking out, if only to see Premo get his conductor on.
Visit www.regenerationmusicproject.com for more in the RE:GENERATION series.