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Nas in Conversation

3 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 June 2012

Gilles is in conversation with New York rap star Nas, who discusses his tenth album, Life Is Good.

Nas also discusses the passing of the Beastie Boy's MCA, and his favourite lyricist, who is someone quite surprising outside of hip hop.

Album of the week comes courtesy of Ethiopian pianist, Samuel Yirga whose Guzo album comes out at the start of July, plus Gilles makes a family connection with his Bloodlines feature.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for Alabama Shakes

    Alabama Shakes Hang Loose

    Rough Trade

  • Image for The Rongetz Foundation

    The Rongetz Foundation Go Go Soul (featuring Gregory Porter)

    Heavenly Sweetness

  • Image for Akalé Wubé

    Akalé Wubé Mata


  • Album of the Week

  • The Do-Over

    • Image for Don Blackman

      Don Blackman Hearts Desire


    • Image for Sunlight Square Orchestra

      Sunlight Square Orchestra Heart's Desire


  • Album of the Week

    • Image for Samuel Yirga

      Samuel Yirga Nou Se Soleil

      Real World

    • Image for Samuel Yirga

      Samuel Yirga I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

      Real World

    • Image for Nas

      Nas The Don (Massive Attack remix)

      Def Jam

    • Image for Nicolas Jaar

      Nicolas Jaar Why Didn't You Save Me?


    • Image for Dimlite

      Dimlite Se Se Sc


    • Image for Troumaca

      Troumaca Layou

      White Label

    • Image for Cid Rim

      Cid Rim Draw


    • Image for Theophilus London feat. Machine Drum

      Theophilus London feat. Machine Drum Live In Me (Paris 96)


    • Image for Homeboy Sandman

      Homeboy Sandman Hold Your Head

      Stones Throw

    • Image for Joey Bada$$ feat CJ Fly

      Joey Bada$$ feat CJ Fly Don't Front


    • Image for Don Ellis

      Don Ellis Theme from French Connection (Edit)


    • Image for Super Cat

      Super Cat Dance Inna New York


  • Image for Olu Dara

    Olu Dara Jungle Jay (feat. Nas)

    In The World - From Natchez To New York, Atlantic

  • Image for Nas

    Nas The Don

    Life Is Good, Def Jam Recordings

  • Image for Nas

    Nas Nas Is Like


  • Image for Beastie Boys

    Beastie Boys Brass Monkey

  • Image for Beastie Boys & Nas

    Beastie Boys & Nas Too Many Rappers


  • Image for Azealia Banks

    Azealia Banks 1991

    Interscope Records

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'


  • Image for Nas

    Nas Made You Look


  • Image for The Last Poets

    The Last Poets It's A Trip

    Mau Mau Records

  • Image for Nas

    Nas Get Down

    God's Son, Columbia

  • Image for Nas

    Nas Heaven


  • Image for Solis Lacus

    Solis Lacus Peace Please

    Heavenly Sweetness

  • DJ Nuts in the Studio

  • Backroom Babylon

    • Image for A Curva Da Cintura

      A Curva Da Cintura Ce Nao Vai Me Acompanhar

      Mais Um Discos

    • Image for Trio Tekke

      Trio Tekke In Da (Alt Version)

      Trio Tekke

    • Image for War

      War The World Is A Ghetto (Disco Mix)

      United Artists

    • Image for Rudimental feat. MNEK & Syron

      Rudimental feat. MNEK & Syron Spoons

      Black Butter


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