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Nas & Jack White Cover a Blues Song From the 1920s in this Clip From the 'American Epic' Documentary

Nas & Jack White Cover a Blues Song From the 1920s in this Clip From the 'American Epic' Documentary

Nas & Jack White Cover an Old Blues Classic

Photo of Nas courtesy of YouTube.

On May 16th, PBS will start airing American Epic, a three-part documentary that will examine music in America during the early 1900s. The documentary series was produced by Jack White, Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett.

The producers have released a clip from the movie, and it’s a great one. It features the legendary rapper Nas talking about blues from the 1920s. Well, he was talking about one song in particular: “On The Road Again,” by the Memphis Jug Band.

In the video the rapper spoke on the song, and blues in general, saying:

“It’s the same as rap music today. They were rapping about street life and gangster life and hustling, just a dark side of the world.”

What’s really cool is Nas and Jack White join together for a quick session where they cover the song. It’s pretty great footage. Fun to watch if you’re a fan of Nas or Jack White or just music history in general.

Watch the clip below.


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