Real reality (at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)
Watch Complex’s Feature “When Nas Met Faith,” Parts 1-5
Complex Magazine celebrates 20 years of Illmatic by reuniting Nas and “Illmatic” A&R Faith Newman, who signed the teenage emcee to his first record deal with Columbia Records in a five part discussion series.
Complex Magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a special conversation between Nas and his former A&R Faith Newman. In a the first of a five part series, the two discuss their history together beginning with their first meeting. Newman shares her point of view on why she thought the teenage emcee was so special and how she fought for proper treatment and care for him as an artist with the label. Nas explains how he witnessed the transition from Columbia Records to Sony Music Group and was in essence apart of beginning their first venture into Hip Hop. The two discuss conflict with the label and their apprehensive attitude with his place with there, his personal selection and desire to choose the best producers for the album, and more. Nas and Newman continue to reveal details about the signing process, the early stages of his career, the details behind the track “Genesis,” and the beginning of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic.
We played Prince’s if “I was your girlfriend’ and I had to try to karaoke the talkin part at the end. I suck I know but it’s still worth a giggle or two. (at Howard University)