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Throwback Thursday: Nas – Illmatic.


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From the moment you hit play on Illmatic, or any Nas release for that matter, your attention is immediately commanded. From rap fans to aspiring lyricists, Nas has been the catalyst for so much innovation and inspiration. The hood storyteller, the revered lyricist, the flashy thug, the mafioso, the activist, the conscious gangsta; Nas is all those things and more. As Hennessy’s year-long campaign states, for which Nas is prominently featured, it’s all about “Never stop. Never settle.” He is the ultimate embodiment of the hip-hop artist, motivated by artistry and aiming for social change, while still being seduced by the materialistic and destructive elements of the culture. Nas is a multi-faceted artist and person, which is what makes him so relatable, inspirational, and aspirational to fans and artists alike. With his documentary, Nas: Time is Illmatic, hitting theaters, iTunes, and On Demand this week, we take a look at the connections between who and what has inspired him, and how he influenced others along the way.

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The Angry Birds…


I got my hands on the iPhone 4 for Verizon when it came out a few weeks ago, and I’ve been quite happy with it.  But one of the sickest things I’ve come across was the uber-addictive “Angry Birds” game.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a super simple strategy game where you fling different birds at structures in order to destroy green pigs.  Some of the levels are very strategic, and force you to really think about a stupid sling-shot game in terms of structural integrity, comprehensive angle calculations, and speed, weight, and distance approximations.  So need less to say, the nerd in me happy when I have a split second to play.  I never let anyone but my assistant touch any of my cell phones, but letting people play ‘Angry Birds’ is my one exception, so after explaining 100 times to different people what each bird does, I dug up a little chart to show which birds are the best to use when you play.  Check the method below.