Haunted comics. Hands down, the most frightful way you could celebrate Halloween would be to read an Al Columbia story.
One Love X Five. Nineteen years ago today, NaS released the fifth and final single off of his debut album, Illmatic. The verses of “One Love” comprise a musical series of open letters written to incarcerated friends.
Cooked up to perfection by Native Tongue lyricist Q-Tip, the recipe for the track utilized spare, yet sublime ingredients: a hypnotic kalimba riff takin from “Smilin’ Billy Suite, Pt II” by the legendary Heath Brothers, topped by a savory Parliament drum break.
While that original mix remains peerless, a wish to keep the young Nasir’s flow fresh over the years has compelled me to seek out alternate versions. And if you follow this blog, you know I’m fond of flipping NaS flows. Below are some of the best remixes and mashups that have been shared over at SoundCloud.
This mom’s creative use of her baby’s nap time is much kinder than say, drawing on a passed out dude’s face in permanent marker—but it’s still in the same arena, right?
Ga ga goo on the ones and twos.
Thomas, tagged up.
…and the dead start to walk in their masquerade.