Nas Doesn’t Need Beats

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1. Nas, "Queens Get the Money"

The just-leaked intro track from Nas's upcoming record is a drumless wonder on which he discusses politics, Arsenio, and iPhones over a spare piano riff. We're excited just imagining what he'll do on this album with actual beats! [Fader]

2. Times New Viking, "Thing With a Hook" (Half Japanese cover)
On this highlight from TNV's recent live set at WFMU, they invite listeners to play along on their saxophones at home, which is enough to make us wish we owned one. [Beware of the Blog]

3. Huey Lewis and the News, "Pineapple Express"
You were probably wondering if Huey Lewis's theme song for the upcoming Seth Rogen movie sounded like you were expecting it to. The answer, happily, is yes. [MySpace via Stereogum]

4. Cool Kids, "Box of Rocks"
Chicago's Cool Kids frequently invite comparisons to Run-DMC, but they sound more like Weezy on this new mix-tape track. [Attorney Street]

5. Immuzikation, "Eat a Dick"
For those of you who (justifiably) slept through Ice T–Soulja Boy feud, mash-up maestro Immuzikation provides a handy (and hilarious) digest of the fracas in one MP3. [ Surviving the Golden Age] —Ehren Gresehover