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N.O.R.E. Speaks on Blaq Poet's "Hate"
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 3:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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Video: N.O.R.E. Speaks On Blaq Poet's "Hate"      06.09.2009
Queens Emcee Gives Props To Premo & Poet

The Video:

In this exclusive video, we get the chance to hear some nuggets of hip-hop wisdom from N.O.R.E., the Queens-native rapper who guests on Blaq Poet's track "Hate" off Tha Blaqprint. N.O.R.E. opens with an explanation of how he came to be featured on the track after getting a phone call from DJ Premier, and mentions what an honor it was to not only to be requested by Premo but also to be able to record with Blaq Poet. Poet is a fellow Queens native, born and raised in the famed Queensbridge Houses, while N.O.R.E. was brought up in the LeFrak Projects. Showing no signs of territorial animosity, N.O.R.E. was more than eager to collab with Poet for the track, citing Poet as "one of the Original Gangsters of hip-hop." Seeing first-hand how devoted and passionate N.O.R.E. was to work with Poet and Premier on this project, it's no wonder he turned in such a stellar performance on "Hate," the newest single (link below) off Poet's forthcoming Tha Blaqprint, available now on June 30th from Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.

The Background:

Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down," a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. Elsewhere, he appeared on the anthemic LP Nas Presents Queensbridge’s Finest, alongside Jungle and Cormega on “Straight Outta Q.B.” Blaq Poet’s refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap’s most legendary producer, DJ Premier. Preemo, along with fellow luminaries Pete Rock and Marley Marl, laced Screwball’s Y2K album with Poet’s beloved boom-bap. A second album, Loyalty, would follow the next year, thereafter the Screwed Up compilation in 2004. Premier also lent his sonic signature to Poet’s 2006 solid solo debut, Rewind: Deja Screw. Preemo then inked Blaq Poet to his own Year Round Records label. Blaq Poet's new album, Tha Blaqprint, will be available June 30th from Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.


N.O.R.E Speaks On "Hate"
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"Hate" Featuring N.O.R.E
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Tha Blaqprint Album Sampler:
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DJ Premier Talks Up Tha Blaqprint:
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