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Music Video: Kanye West Feat. Rakim, Nas, and KRS-One, "Classic"

Music Video: Kanye West Feat. Rakim, Nas, and KRS-One, "Classic"

I love this period of self-reflection that hip-hop seems to be going through right now, with Nas telling us that the genre is dead, KRS-One countering with an upcoming album called Hip-Hop Lives, and Jay-Z boasting about being all grown-up. The new Kanye West collaboration with KRS-One, Nas, and Rakim strikes a similar note, pondering what makes a classic. (Answer: These guys.)

Like the funky bass-laden single itself, the video for "Classic" has a decidedly old-school feel, with DJ Premier fiddling over some 80s-looking electronics and graffiti artists indulging in a little paint-can play. To watch the video,

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