Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rap Meets Blues: 'Bridging the Gap' - Nas ft. Olu Dara

I love seeing the blues being fused with other genres; it makes for interesting combinations.

One such mix is the 2nd single from famous rapper Nas, off his 2004 album 'Street Disciple'.

Sampling Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy", it features his father Olu Dara (who is also a musician) on the chorus, singing about raising Nas as a child, whose real name is Nasir.

Nas spits some lines about his life when he was young, growing up, and the blues too:

The blues came from gospel, gospel from blues
Slaves are harmonizin' them ah's and ooh's
Old school, new school, know school rules
All these years I been voicin' my blues

There have been many tries to mix these genres together, but Nas brings it hardcore.

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