Nas Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ‘Illmatic’ with Album, Tour, & Documentary

Illmatic XX

Twenty years after releasing his seminal debut Illmatic, Nas will commemorate the milestone with a 20th anniversary album, tour, and documentary.

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Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy, & Nas Bring Hip-Hop Playlist to Life at Beats Music Launch

Eminem and Dr. Dre

The decade’s biggest hip-hop stars gathered under one roof as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine hosted the launch of Beats Music during Grammy weekend on Friday night. For over an hour, L.A.’s Belasco Theater was transformed into a hip-hop head’s dream as a ’90s rap playlist was brought to life curated by Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg.

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New Music: Rudimental f/ Emeli Sandé & Nas – ‘Free (Remix)’

Free (Remix)

In between plotting his next album, Nas drops some knowledge on the remix to Rudimental’s “Free.” The original, which features Emeli Sandé, appears on the British group’s album Home. Nas uplifts with his powerful words, while Emeli drives it home on the soulful chorus.

The Nas remix will appear on a remix EP, due Nov. 18, along with remixes from Maya Jane Cole, Roy Davis Jr., and Jack Beats.

Next year, Nas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic with an album repackage and concert.

Liberate his remix below.

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Nas Talks New Album, ‘Sinatra in the Sands,’ and Mariah Carey ‘Banger’


Nas has been laying low while he records the follow-up to Life Is Good, but the hip-hop icon took some time to update The Huffington Post on his latest projects including his new album, clothing line HSTRY, and his partnership with Hennessy.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic next year, he is planning to repackage the album and throw a concert.

Nas, who recently turned 40, also shared more details about “Sinatra in the Sands,” his Timbaland-produced collaboration with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, and his “banger” with Mariah Carey.

Check out highlights from the interview below.

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Mariah Carey Hits the Studio with Nas

Mariah Carey, JD, and Nas

Are Mariah Carey and Nas cooking up another collaboration? After celebrating his 40th birthday earlier this month, the pop diva hit the studio with the hip-hop legend this week.

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Ciara, Diddy, Nas, Rick Ross, & 2 Chainz Celebrate Fight Night in Las Vegas


After the fight, it’s the after party. Following Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s victory over Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, the stars turned up in Las Vegas with parties all over the Strip.

Ciara made a quick trip to the Prada store to grab a fresh pair of kicks before heading to The Bank at the Bellagio. The stylish singer, whose bags didn’t make it onto the plane, put up her dukes while sporting a “Lover Not a Fighter” sweatshirt.

The Ciroc was flowing freely as Diddy (who lost $1 million to Rick Ross in a dice game) hosted an after party at the Palms Pool, with guests including Rozay, Tyga, Bow Wow, and 2 Chainz, who was dressed in all white.

After his star-studded bash in New York, a tuxedo-clad Nas celebrated his actual 40th birthday at a pre-fight party with LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes before heading to TAO for the grand finale.

See more pics from fight night below.

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Nas Celebrates 40th Birthday with Mariah Carey, Daughter Destiny

Mariah Carey and Nas

Nas kicked off his 40th birthday celebration with some of his closest friends and family in New York City. The hip-hop icon was dapper in a pink tux as he arrived at the black-tie affair, which was held at Avenue on Thursday night. His daughter Destiny and father Olu Dara were among those who joined him at the dinner table.

Mariah Carey, who collaborated with Nas on the remix to “Thank God I Found You,” rocked a sparkly sling over her injured arm as she toasted the birthday boy, while other guests included Pusha T, Melanie Fiona, Jermaine Dupri, Tyson Beckford, and Maino.

“#LifeIsGood right about now. Celebrating my 40th all night with my people,” tweeted Nas, who turns 40 on Saturday.

Guests sipped Hennessy and dined on lobster and strawberry shortcake, while DJ M.O.S. worked the turntables. The Queens MC received some fancy gifts including a Hublot watch and bottle of Hennessy Paradis Imperial.

See more pics from Nas’ festive 40th below.

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