Nas

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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Apr
2
Nicki Minaj, Nas, 50 Cent, & Lil Wayne Set to Play Hot 97 Summer Jam

Nicki Minaj, Nas, and 50 Cent

Everyone from 50 Cent to Trey Songz will blaze the stage at Hot 97′s Summer Jam. The lineup for the biggest hip-hop concert of the year has been announced.

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Mar
17
New Music: Nas – ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)’

Illmatic XX

On April 15, Nas will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic with the release of Illmatic XX, a two-disc compilation including rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles.

After dropping his “’93 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle” earlier this month, the veteran MC has liberated a funky remix to his classic cut “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”

Nas will also tour the U.S. this spring, performing the album in its entirety at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Coachella in April.

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary that examines Illmatic, will open at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.

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