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CJ Hilton Gets a Co-Sign from Nas

April 29, 2011

When I interviewed Baltimore-born R&B prodigy CJ Hilton last year, J Records was just beginning to gear up promotions for the singer’s debut album. Since then, the label has been slowly raising his profile with a smattering of songs, including features from well known rappers like Tyga and Fat Joe. But by far the biggest hip-hop co-sign Hilton has received to date is from Queens legend Nas, who turns up on the just-leaked new track “So Fresh.”

The feature isn’t a total shock, since one of the producers who’s been helping shape Hilton’s sound and oversaw last year’s The Package Mixtape is Salaam Remi, who produced a number of Nas’s later hits like “Made You Look” and “I Can.” But it’s still a good look that will get a number of the rapper’s fans checking out the track, especially since Nas has maintained a relatively low profile in the last year or two. While Hilton’s velvety voice interpolates the Four Tops’ “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” Remi keeps the drums banging hard, while Nasty Nas manages to spin a yarn about new love so soon after his tumultuous split with ex-wife Kelis: “The wildest part of all is how we became friends/ I was walkin’ out divorce court, she was strollin’ in.”

CJ Hilton, “So Fresh” feat. Nas by EverydayElk

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