Nas

Apr
20
Beyoncé and Jay Z: Round 2 of Coachella with Usher, Nas, and Solange

Beyoncé and Jay Z

The Carters couldn’t get enough of Coachella. After their surprise appearances last week, Beyoncé and Jay Z returned to the desert for weekend two. The stylish couple was decked out in their finest festival attire—Jay wore a leather motorcycle jacket and Jordans, while Mrs. Carter kept cool in cutoff shorts and an Off-White camouflage jacket.

They made it to the Sahara Tent in time to catch Skrillex’s set. Jay donned a ski mask and Bey filled her water bottle with D’Usse while wildin’ out in the front row. Solange joined the family affair, bringing her son Julez to watch Skrillex perform his hits and remix “Drunk in Love.”

“Thank you Skrillex for making my son the happiest most crunk child alive,” said Solange. “He’s been asking me to see him live for a year now, and last night it’s safe to say his mind was blown!!! lol.”

Earlier in the evening, Hov joined Pharrell onstage to perform a medley of their hits. He also kicked it with Nas, who he performed “Dead Presidents” with last weekend.

While Blue Ivy didn’t make the trip, Bey had some fun with her nephew and caught up with Usher backstage.

Check out more candids of the Carters at Coachella below.

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Apr
20
Lauryn Hill Joins Nas Onstage at Coachella

Nas and Lauryn Hill

Twenty years to the day of its release, Nas returned to Coachella to celebrate the anniversary of Illmatic. After sharing the stage with Jay Z last weekend, the rap god performed his 1994 debut in its entirety and brought out Ms. Lauryn Hill during his late-night set on the Outdoor Theatre stage.

Dressed in black pants and a flowy white top, the Fugees frontwoman performed “Ready or Not” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” before embracing Nas.

“My life was snatched when Ms. Lauryn Hill graced Nas’ encore with her presence!!!!” wrote one fan.

Earlier in his set, Nas also brought out Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to perform “Welcome to Jamrock” and “Road to Zion.”

Check out the surprise moments as captured on Instagram.

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Apr
17
Nas Premieres ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Nas

Nas’ 20th anniversary Illmatic celebration continues. After performing at Coachella over the weekend and releasing his album Illmatic XX on Tuesday, the hip-hop icon premiered his documentary Time Is Illmatic on opening night of the 13th Tribeca Film Festival at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday.

The One9-directed film, which features interviews and concert footage, chronicles Nas’ journey from Queens to the release of his 1994 debut Illmatic.

He was joined by his friends and family including Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Wale, Raekwon, Roxanne Shanté, and father Olu Dara.

“He don’t come out for nothing. This is major,” said Nas of the jazz musician.

Following a musical intro from Alicia Keys, he performed all nine tracks off Illmatic and brought his younger brother Jabari and nephews on stage.

He also thanked Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro. “Thank you Robert Dinero…. TONIGHT WAS ONE OF MY GREATEST NIGHTS EVER!” tweeted Nas.

Watch footage from the Time Is Illmatic premiere and the trailer below.

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Apr
15
Nas Reflects on 20 Years of ‘Illmatic,’ Jay Z Feud, & Notorious B.I.G.

Nas

To celebrate the release of Illmatic XX, Nas stopped by “HuffPost Live” on Tuesday. The hip-hop icon reminisced on the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic and his legacy.

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Apr
13
Nas Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Illmatic’ at Coachella with Jay Z and Puff Daddy

Nas and Jay Z

Hip-hop history was made in the desert. In celebration of Illmatic‘s 20th anniversary, Nas marked the occasion with a late-night set at Coachella on Saturday. Shortly after midnight, the Queens rapper took a trip down memory lane, performing his 1994 album in its entirety and bringing out some fellow icons.

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Apr
10
New Music: Nas – ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell (The Laidback Remix)’

Illmatic XX

On Tuesday, Nas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut with Illmatic XX. The double-disc album features unreleased demos, freestyles, and rare remixes including the Laidback remix to “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” which he premiered today.

Produced by The Creators, the rarity was originally featured as one of the U.K. remixes on the 12″ vinyl.

If you’re at Coachella on Saturday, you can catch Nas performing Illmatic in its entirety during his midnight set.

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Apr
7
Nas Performs with Q-Tip and The Roots on ‘The Tonight Show’

Q-Tip and Nas

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic, Nas stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday. With some help from Q-Tip and The Roots, the hip-hop icon delivered his ’90s classic “One Love.”

They kept the jam session going after the show, performing “The World Is Yours” as a web exclusive.

If you’re at Coachella this weekend, you can catch Nas performing Illmatic in its entirety.

His anniversary compilation Illmatic XX, which features rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles, arrives April 15.

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