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About Uncommon Nasa

As an emcee, Nasa is inspired by the words of the famed screenwriter and playwright Rod Serling. In response to a question about how he’d like to be remembered 100 years from now, Serling simply said “as a “writer.” Nasa’s music is a story of self—often focusing on defining moments in his life and current events that strike a chord.

As a producer, Nasa throws bricks through windows, weaving intricately layered beats that challenge listeners. His unique methods of chopping samples (sometimes from vinyl and sometimes from his own collection of instruments) came after years of development and help give him a sound that can only be associated with a “Nasa beat.” Getting grimey and dirty things to sound crispy and clean are part of his trademark as a producer, developed by 18 years behind the boards as an Engineer.

Raised on Staten Island, Nasa reps NYC with a ferocious pride. When New York’s indie hip-hop boom hit in the 90s, Nasa was there as a devoted attendee of events, then, he became involved. Nasa has been dedicated to the scene every step of the way. His view of New York City hasn’t changed through the years, though the city has. Despite the evolution of the city, Nasa maintains the same lens.

In addition to his production and writing, Uncommon Nasa is a prolific performer. Now a veteran of nine tours taking him from coast to coast across the United States, Nasa thrives off the energy at live shows and meeting fans of his work. And anyone who’s witnessed Nasa in action will tell you it’s definitely an experience packed with emotion and energy. Keep an eye out for an Uncommon Nasa show near you.

After founding Uncommon Records in 2004, Nasa took a unique approach to producing and promoting the music on his label. Over the years he’s utilized emerging technology to promote and discuss Uncommon’s music and artists. Nasa also coined the phrase “Progressive Hip-Hop” to describe the vivid and envelope-pushing sound and style that he witnessed emerge from the indie scene in New York City and beyond. He is a pioneer for the sub-genre in every sense of the word.

Nasa’s not done by any stretch of the imagination—his foot pressed firmly on the gas pedal, Uncommon’s direction is now geared towards his production of full-length projects and albums of his own unique lyricism. Uncommon Records' focus has shifted toward personal work from Nasa as well as collaborations of meaningful and thoughtful music with peers.

Nasa’s influence has not only expanded due to his skill as MC but also due to the love of underground hip-hop fans and music critics like Anthony Fantano from The Needle Drop. And even one of the most beloved MCs from the underground, Aesop Rock.

Anthony rated 3 of Nasa’s albums (Written at Night, Halfway, New York Telephone) all higher than the average of hip-hop review scores (6.038) that Anthony gives.

Anthony rated Uncommon Nasa’s New York Telephone as a ‘strong 8’ out of 10.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S47nKJ8n0tk

Anthony rated New York Telephone as the 14th best album of 2014 (from the ones he reviewed).
http://youtu.be/6GAUWscCIHg?t=7m58s

Anthony then rated Halfway, which he rated the lowest (by a seemingly large margin) out of the 3 with a ‘light 7’ out of 10. This album did not make Anthony’s year-end list of albums, but he said he still enjoyed the album.
http://youtu.be/ChDzL7bpI3M

Anthony then showed his love for Nasa’s Written at Night rating it as a ‘decent to strong 8’ out of 10.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eir7AorIVXg

Anthony then rated Uncommon Nasa’s Written at Night as the 24th best album of 2017 (from the ones he reviewed).
http://youtu.be/YU-MFIbWsK4?t=4m14s