Monday, September 25, 2006

Music For Life

The feel good track of the year? Well, maybe . . .

From Hi-Tek's forthcoming Hi-Teknology 2, the Cincinnati producer and Nas celebrate the sounds they've each been a part of since early on. Doing his job both in front of the mic and behind the boards, Hi-Tek's trance-like, flute-laced beat offers a nostalgic nod factor, an appropriate setting for this trip back to past days.

It started with rhythms I heard listening to the wall
The bouncing of basketballs on playgrounds and all
The empty bottles that's hollow, wind blowing inside 'em
The flow and the rhyming got my alignment to a science
Mixing with my moms in the kitchen, them spoons rattling
Pots and pans, faucet water pouring, tunes managing
To come from all the fussing and rambling
What I noticed was -- pure music, untampered with
By things show biz does; older thugs showed us stuff
Like how to hold a plug, juice from the street light
It almost could have blowed us up
Crates of records, great sessions had the whole hood jamming
Large speakers, fresh made, smell the wood sanding
Father did his blues smooth, legendary jazz man
Saw his wife secondary to his true passion
Started with my crew rapping, new jacks in '82
Never looked back, now look what it changed me to . . . music

Hi-Tek f/ Nas: Music For Life


Blogger Fletch said...

The tracklistings that I've seen passed around thus far say that the full lineup for this song is, "Music For Life f/J Dilla, Nas, Common, Busta Rhymes & Marsha of Floetry." So make sure you check for the official version when the 17th rolls around.

and leave any thoughts you might otherwise have . . .

September 25, 2006 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Nabs said...


seriously. I can't even begin to imagine how insane the full track will be. I will be picking this up when it drops, definitely.


September 25, 2006 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



BTW, Hip Hop is Dead got pushed back to DEC. 19 Fletch.

September 26, 2006 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks nice

September 26, 2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger Fletch said...

So it has been brought to my attention that this beat (intro, sample, hook, etc.) was used on a Jin song and album that, according to, came out last month. Um . . . okay. Maybe that'll make you rethink the production side of things, but I'm well into double-digits on this Nas-version and don't see myself switching anytime soon. This is pretty much the best verse Nas has spit, on a commercial release, since Road To Zion -- so all year at least. It taps into his knack for the "reminisce" type songs, but also manages to effectively carry over the theme that "music is your environment". Plus, his vocab and rhyme scheme (!) are really on point. . . . and no cussing . . .

The Jin song:
Song provided by Sentenza from

September 26, 2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger neo said...

As always Nas paints a narrative so vivid only he with his signature unique flair can capture..

I jeard it today via

September 26, 2006 5:40 PM  
Anonymous stu top dude said...

song is flames... nas' verse is 10 out of 10... especially liked the "The empty bottles that's hollow, wind blowing inside 'em" line... even Hi-Tek comes nice on the rap side...

September 26, 2006 8:29 PM  

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