Nasty Nas surprised the audience during Q-Tip’s performance at New York City’s Ace Hotel, where the Tribe Called Quest member has a residency. Nas, who’s been busy traveling around the world with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to promote their joint release Distant Relatives, linked up with the Abstract to perform “One Love,” their classic collabo off Nas’ seminal debut Illmatic, for VEVO’s Go Show.
“I have not performed for a small crowd like this since the beginning,” said Nas. “But it’s love, it’s what we do. If it’s 200 or whatever amount, it’s on. I have a good time.”
Taking the stage to the tune of his classic “NY State of Mind,” Nasir Jones ripped through the cut before Tip joined him for “One Love” and played hype man on “Made You Look.”
“It’s something that’s sort of common with artists,” said Q-Tip. “When they feel something that feels a certain inspiration in a certain city, something unexpected is in the air and you like to take advantage of those opportunities when they’re there.”