Nas celebrated his No. 1 album Life Is Good with a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The hip-hop icon hit the outdoor stage in Hollywood and delivered his Heavy D-produced single “The Don” as the crowd rapped along. He returned for an encore of “Nasty,” catching up backstage with his labelmate Rick Ross. Watch his performance below.
Nas is not only admired by his hip-hop peers. Some of sports’ all-stars showed their respect to the Don at the 2012 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. In honor of his 10th album Life Is Good, Vince Young, Ray Edwards, Spencer Paysinger, Mario Manningham, Lindsey Berg, and Kim Glass praised the “Nasty” rapper and explained why life is good.
“I went from life’s a bitch to life is good,” Nas told Rap-Up TV. “Like my man B.I.G. said, it feels stupendous. It just feels like I got the torch and I’m running with it. I’m trying to show people my passion for it is still here. I still love it.”
His “Summer on Smash” collaborator Swizz Beatz has plenty of reasons to celebrate life. “Life is good for me because I’m healthy,” said the super-producer. “I have a beautiful family. I have a talent that God gave me. I love giving back. Sky is not the limit, it’s just the view.”
Michael Robinson showed his appreciation for Nas’ lyricism. “He reminds me so much of Biggie [more] than any rapper that’s ever been out,” said the Seattle Seahawks running back. “He tells stories and I really understand his stories.”
Nas stopped by “106 & Park” to celebrate the release of his 10th album Life Is Good on Tuesday. Dressed in all white, the hip-hop icon spoke about his critically-acclaimed new project, dream collaborations (Prince, Sade), favorite female rappers, and Lauryn Hill’s recent tax troubles. He also hit the stage to perform new music including “Summer on Smash” with special guests Miguel and Swizz Beatz.
Nicki Minaj called into the show to congratulate Nas, who she kissed in her video for “Right By My Side.” “To be such a superstar and such an icon, he was so humble,” recalled the “Starships” rapper. “I didn’t really expect that from him. He was the most humble person on the set and it just took my respect for him to another level.”
He also received a surprise call from Mary J. Blige, who appears on “Reach Out” on Life Is Good. “Thank you so much for being so consistent and loving us so much that you would take care of us the way you have, through your lyrics, through your videos. You are the truth,” said Mary, whose favorite Nas song is “One Love.”
The champagne was flowing as Nas celebrated the release of his 10th album Life Is Good at a private party hosted by Moët & Chandon in New York City on Monday night. The intimate event, which kicked off the Moët Rose Lounge series, commenced with a sit-down dinner at Bagatelle.
Q-Tip played DJ as guests including Jay-Z, a camera-shy Beyoncé, Wale, Teyana Taylor, Swizz Beatz, Bridget Kelly, Jermaine Dupri, and “Empire Girls” Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez stopped by to toast the man of the hour.
Nas hit up “The Late Show with David Letterman” on the eve of his album release. Looking dapper in a collared shirt and white pants, the iconic MC performed his single “Daughters” off his 10th album Life Is Good.
With just days to go before his 10th album Life Is Good arrives in stores, Nas caught up with Rap-Up TV at the ESPYS to discuss collaborating with his late friend Amy Winehouse on “Cherry Wine.”
“Amy was just one of a kind. We just clicked like that. May she rest in peace,” said the hip-hop icon. “She’s watching us, she’s holding me down and I’m holding her down here. It’s just love forever.”
He also had a message for those jumping on the Frank Ocean bandwagon following the singer’s revelation about his sexuality. “Everybody’s getting excited about records for the wrong reason,” said Nas, who collaborated with the Odd Future member on the lost song “No Such Thing as White Jesus.” “Listen to the music. The music is number one.”
Nas was feeling good and looking good when he hit the stage at the 2012 ESPY Awards. Throughout the show, the dapper rapper delivered a medley of songs off his upcoming album Life Is Good including “The Don,” “Nasty,” and “Summer on Smash,” for which he was joined by Swizz Beatz. See hip-hop royalty rock the mic in front of sports’ biggest stars.
The summer just got hotter. Nas drops his summertime anthem “Summer on Smash” from his upcoming album Life Is Good, due Tuesday. The Don cooks up a feel-good banger, featuring a cool verse from Miguel and Swizz Beatz’ slick production. Bump this in your Jeep all summer long.