Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Crenshaw Rapper Nana Releases New EP 'From the District to the World'

The new EP was released alongside a music video for "Bet It Back."

Crenshaw Rapper Nana Releases New EP 'From the District to the World'

Today, insightful LA-bred rapper Nana releases his new eight-track EP 'From the District to the World.' The project fuses Nana's hard-nosed rap with sounds from fellow Angelenos Buddy, Garren, Kent Jamz, and Rae Khalil.

On 'From the District to the World,' "Los Angeles' next great storyteller" (Earmilk) pays homage to Crenshaw while exuding mass appeal beyond his cult-like Californian fanbase. His 2020 debut album 'Save Yourself' was an introspective glimpse into Nana's psyche, but this release hears Nana fine-tune his storytelling abilities to honor the South-Central neighborhood that raised him.

Noteworthy new tracks include "DontPlayDat," a quippy rebuttal to the haters featuring Zoink Gang member (Guapdad 4000, JID, and Smino), Buddy. "Live From The District" is another feat for Nana, which hears him spit fast tempo bars about overcoming the adversity that shaped him into the force he is today.

Reflecting on 'From the District to the World,' Nana says, "The EP is a master class in putting the world on to LA and our get down. Telling the stories of the people that come from where I'm from. But also taking Los Angeles around the world with me, hence the title."

The EP features previously released buzzy singles, "Heaven's Sky," "Legend," and "Bet it Back." Consequence of Sound praised "Heaven's Sky" for how it "captures the power of love over a laidback beat." Similarly, after Nana released "Bet it Back," UPROXX prophesized, "Nana got off to a strong start in 2021, and his first single of 2022 shows no signs of rust."

In addition to having a new record under his belt, Nana just collaborated on two stripped-down performance series. Hear him perform "Bet it Back" for prolific hip hop series A COLORS SHOW and New York-based talent outlet MajorStage.

Nana is eager to tell his story utilizing his weaponry of immaculate flows and quick-witted bars. He erupted on the scene with his debut project Save Yourself in 2020 to high praise from critics and backing from his hometown audience.

After continuing to garner nationwide support, he went on to further the project's story with the release of Save Yourself Sessions, a live performance masterpiece coupled with interviews from collaborators on the project. Nana's intention at the time was to give his listeners hope for a brighter future.

The son of Ghanaian immigrants, Nana veers between hip-hop and R&B as he threads together raw and real stories from life in Crenshaw. He doesn't hold back and speaks the truth, asserting himself as a vibrant burgeoning voice for Los Angeles and the entire culture at large.

Watch the new music video here:

Listen to the new EP here:

Beyoncé Makes History as Most Awarded Artist in GRAMMYs History Photo
After her win for Best Electronic/Dance Music Album, Beyoncé has made history as the most GRAMMY Awarded artist in history with 31 wins. Beyoncé released her latest studio album 'Renaissance,' in July. It features hit singles 'BREAK MY SOUL' and 'CUFF IT.'

Kim Petras Becomes First Transgender Artist to Win Pop Duo GRAMMY Photo
Kim Petras has become the first transgender woman to win the Grammy Award for 'Best Pop/Duo Group Performance' for 'Unholy' at the GRAMMYs. Kim Petras' recent single 'brrr' follows the recent release of Kim's guitar-driven pop single 'If Jesus Was A Rockstar.'

Grammy Award-Nominee Marsha Malamet to Release Lessons To Be Learned, Recorded By Melissa  Photo
Grammy award-nominee Marsha Malamet has announced the release of “Lessons To Be Learned,” recorded by GRAMMY award winner, Melissa Manchester. 

Hamish Hawk Releases New Album Angel Numbers Photo
Each track on Angel Numbers feels like its own world. There are allusions to Leonard Cohen, Karen Carpenter, David Hockney, Dylan Thomas and Britt Ekland and that’s just on the first song, the gloriously panoramic “Once Upon An Acid Glance.” On “Elvis Lookalike Shadows,”  listeners are granted a visitation from Presley in his ’68 Comeback special.

From This Author - Michael Major

The GRAMMYs Reach Largest Audience in Three Years and Its Largest Live-Streaming Audience in HistoryThe GRAMMYs Reach Largest Audience in Three Years and Its Largest Live-Streaming Audience in History
February 6, 2023

THE 65TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS was the most-watched program Sunday with over 12.4 million viewers, up +30% from last year and the largest audience for the GRAMMYs since 202. The program remains Music’s Biggest Night, ranking as the #1 music awards show every year for the past 17 years.

Singer & Composer MALIKA ZARRA Debuts New Release 'RWA (The Essence)'Singer & Composer MALIKA ZARRA Debuts New Release 'RWA (The Essence)'
February 6, 2023

Hailed by The New Yorker as “an enchanting pioneer of Maghreb jazz,” and by CNN International for “redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world,” singer, composer and bandleader Malika Zarra has woven together the complex and varied strands of her musical journey on her third release, RWA (The Essence).

Molly Tuttle Wins Best Bluegrass Album at 65th GRAMMY AwardsMolly Tuttle Wins Best Bluegrass Album at 65th GRAMMY Awards
February 6, 2023

Molly Tuttle won Best Bluegrass Album at last night’s 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards for her acclaimed record, Crooked Tree. Produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas, Crooked Tree explores Tuttle’s love of bluegrass and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski and Gillian Welch.

MEAN GIRLS Movie Musical Now Casting Local New Jersey ActorsMEAN GIRLS Movie Musical Now Casting Local New Jersey Actors
February 6, 2023

The Mean Girls movie musical is seeking local actors in New Jersey this spring. Paramount Pictures is searching for local actors to appear as extras in the Middletown, New Jersey this March and April. The new film is set to star Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Auli'i Cravalho as Janis, Jaquel Spivey as Damian and Reneé Rapp as Regina George.

Snarky Puppy's Empire Central Wins Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at 65th Annual Grammy AwardsSnarky Puppy's Empire Central Wins Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at 65th Annual Grammy Awards
February 6, 2023

Snarky Puppy is sharing a collection of live-in-studio performance videos from the record in celebration of the album’s release and Grammy win; watch/share the videos for “Cliroy,” “Pineapple,” “Trinity,” “Bet,” “Belmont,” “Take It!” and “RL’s,” which continue to receive critical praise from NPR Music, NPR’s “Here & Now,” JAZZIZ, TIDAL and many more.