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Ill Advice: Nas Offers Advice to Kendrick Lamar On Following Up A Classic Album
Nas shares words of encouragement for Kendrick Lamar on the follow up to his debut album, while discussing the pressure and challenges of following up a classic album with Complex Magazine.

It’s no secret that Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, was not an immediate commercial success, but still managed to move the hip hop culture to another level, eventually becoming one of the most successful and praised debut albums in hip hop. Released in 1994, the album spoke of a time and a culture that when paired with the Nas’ lyrical genius, went unmatched by the works of his peers both back then and now. Twenty years later, the success of Illmatic and the timeless body of work continues to draw comparisons between Nas and other hip hop artists of today. More recently, the conversation has shifted to draw comparisons between the success of Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. During a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Nas addressed the comparisons between his debut album, Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. With the massive success of Kendrick’s debut album, the pressure for an equally good or even better sophomore album is thick and can be a trying experience. 
Nas, speaking with Complex’s Insanul Ahmed, offers words of wisdom and advice to Lamar while sharing his experience on the completion of his sophomore album and addresses the comparisons between the two. 

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Ill Advice: Nas Offers Advice to Kendrick Lamar On Following Up A Classic Album

Nas shares words of encouragement for Kendrick Lamar on the follow up to his debut album, while discussing the pressure and challenges of following up a classic album with Complex Magazine.

It’s no secret that Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, was not an immediate commercial success, but still managed to move the hip hop culture to another level, eventually becoming one of the most successful and praised debut albums in hip hop. Released in 1994, the album spoke of a time and a culture that when paired with the Nas’ lyrical genius, went unmatched by the works of his peers both back then and now. Twenty years later, the success of Illmatic and the timeless body of work continues to draw comparisons between Nas and other hip hop artists of today. More recently, the conversation has shifted to draw comparisons between the success of Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. During a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Nas addressed the comparisons between his debut album, Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. With the massive success of Kendrick’s debut album, the pressure for an equally good or even better sophomore album is thick and can be a trying experience. 

Nas, speaking with Complex’s Insanul Ahmed, offers words of wisdom and advice to Lamar while sharing his experience on the completion of his sophomore album and addresses the comparisons between the two. 

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Best In the City! @12amrun #12amrun #XIIAM #Vegas @vegasseven @melindasvegas @nicksakai

Best In the City! @12amrun #12amrun #XIIAM #Vegas @vegasseven @melindasvegas @nicksakai

Finding Your Roots: Listen as Nas Shares His Experience on Discovering His Ancestry
Nas joins Courtney B. Vance, Khandi Alexander, and Anna Deavere Smith in a discussion panel to promote the second season of PBS’ hit series “Finding Your Roots” with Executive Producer, Writer and Presenter Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

On the upcoming second season of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Nas will appear on the show to trace the history of ancestors through five generations. Nas, a fan of the series from the first season, spoke of the experience during the PBS Network’s portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Sharing his reaction from the moment he was presented with documentation from 1859 that showed the sale of an ancestor being sold as a slave, Nas explains, “First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale,” I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”…

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Finding Your Roots: Listen as Nas Shares His Experience on Discovering His Ancestry

Nas joins Courtney B. Vance, Khandi Alexander, and Anna Deavere Smith in a discussion panel to promote the second season of PBS’ hit series “Finding Your Roots” with Executive Producer, Writer and Presenter Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

On the upcoming second season of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Nas will appear on the show to trace the history of ancestors through five generations. Nas, a fan of the series from the first season, spoke of the experience during the PBS Network’s portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Sharing his reaction from the moment he was presented with documentation from 1859 that showed the sale of an ancestor being sold as a slave, Nas explains, “First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale,” I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”…

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Live from London: Nas Performs at Lovebox 2014
Nas headlines London’s 2014 Lovebox Music Festival, performing Illmatic in it’s entirety at East London’s Victoria Park.

Saturday Night, Nas’ European tour stopped in London for a headlining performance at the 2014 Lovebox Music Festival. Taking place on the grounds of London’s Victoria Park, the festival offered fans the rare opportunity to see the hip hop legend deliver a track-by-track rendition of his classic debut album, Illmatic. Dressed in dark denim and a “Queensbridge North Houses” t-shirt, the emcee, who is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the landmark album, took to the venue’s main stage early Saturday evening. Backed by DJ Green Lantern, Nas rocked the crowd with an unforgettable performance of the classic album with tracks like “N.Y. state of Mind,” “Represent,” and “One Love,” where the masses of the audience could be seen pointing one finger in the air while rocking out to the track. Nas continued his performance of the full album before treating the audience to other hits from his catalogue including “One Mic,” “Hate Me Now,” and more..

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Live from London: Nas Performs at Lovebox 2014

Nas headlines London’s 2014 Lovebox Music Festival, performing Illmatic in it’s entirety at East London’s Victoria Park.

Saturday Night, Nas’ European tour stopped in London for a headlining performance at the 2014 Lovebox Music Festival. Taking place on the grounds of London’s Victoria Park, the festival offered fans the rare opportunity to see the hip hop legend deliver a track-by-track rendition of his classic debut album, Illmatic. Dressed in dark denim and a “Queensbridge North Houses” t-shirt, the emcee, who is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the landmark album, took to the venue’s main stage early Saturday evening. Backed by DJ Green Lantern, Nas rocked the crowd with an unforgettable performance of the classic album with tracks like “N.Y. state of Mind,” “Represent,” and “One Love,” where the masses of the audience could be seen pointing one finger in the air while rocking out to the track. Nas continued his performance of the full album before treating the audience to other hits from his catalogue including “One Mic,” “Hate Me Now,” and more..

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Illmatic XX Premiere: Watch the Official Video for Nas’ “Represent”

Watch the world premier of Nas’ new music video, “Represent,” from Illmatic XX, and check out behind the scenes photos exclusively from Mass Appeal.

Twenty years since the track was first released, the world premier of Nas’ video for the 1994 classic “Represent” is finally here. The video, twenty years in the making, was directed by Brian Katz, a young filmmaker from Los Angeles who was personally selected by Nas himself as the winner of Nas and Mass Appeal’s “Represent Illmatic Music Video Contest” held earlier this year. Shot in Los Angeles, the video is a collaboration between Katz and Mass Appeal’s own Jason Goldwatch who assisted Katz in bringing his vision to life. Inspired by the soundtrack of the 1924 silent film, The Thief of Bagdad, which was originally sampled by DJ Premier for the classic track, the music video seeks to draw parallels between the film’s protagonist and Nas. “Represent” appears on Illmatic XX, the 20th anniversary re-release that also features new remixes, unheard freestyles, and rare demos from one of hip hop’s greatest emcees. Illmatic XX was released in April and is available now through iTunes.

Check out the new video and behind the scene photos presented exclusively by Mass Appeal.   

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#RepresentIllmatic: Watch Behinds the Scenes Footage of Nas’ “Represent” Music Video

Complex premieres exclusive behind the scenes footage of Nas’ “Represent” music video from IllmaticXX, which premieres tomorrow.

In celebration of IllmaticXX, Nas along with Mass Appeal held “The Represent Illmatic Video Contest” to give one up-and-coming filmmaker the opportunity to collaborate with Nas and Mass Appeal’s Jason Golwatch to create the first ever music video for the classic track. The winner, Brian Katz, was personally selected by Nas and Goldwatch and invited to work at the YouTube Creator’s Space in Los Angeles, CA. Katz, a native to Los Angeles and long time Nas fan, discusses the inspiration and influences behind the video’s direction and the significance of being apart of such an iconic album. the video will makes it’s world premier tomorrow via Mass Appeal. Check out Complex’s exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of the video.  

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Unity Through Music: Nas to Perform at this Year’s ONE Musicfest
Nas to headline Atlanta’s most anticipated summer music festival, ONE Musicfest, Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale now. 

After much anticipation, Atlanta’s annual ONE Musicfest returns late this summer for their fifth installment of live music and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind outdoor music experience features today’s biggest artists playing three stages complete with VIP seating and party deck reservations, while also offering fans the opportunity to enjoy a variety of food trucks, merchants, gaming, and more. Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. This year, Nas, who is also celebration the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, will headline the festival which takes place September 13th at thier new venue, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Other artists scheduled to perform include Amel Larrieux, Method Man, Redman, Alice Smith, Daley and more acts to be announced soon.
Tickets for the event are on sale now.

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Unity Through Music: Nas to Perform at this Year’s ONE Musicfest

Nas to headline Atlanta’s most anticipated summer music festival, ONE Musicfest, Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale now. 

After much anticipation, Atlanta’s annual ONE Musicfest returns late this summer for their fifth installment of live music and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind outdoor music experience features today’s biggest artists playing three stages complete with VIP seating and party deck reservations, while also offering fans the opportunity to enjoy a variety of food trucks, merchants, gaming, and more. Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. This year, Nas, who is also celebration the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, will headline the festival which takes place September 13th at thier new venue, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Other artists scheduled to perform include Amel Larrieux, Method Man, Redman, Alice Smith, Daley and more acts to be announced soon.

Tickets for the event are on sale now.

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#IllmaticXX: Nas & ESSENCE Music Festival Share 20th Anniversary Celebration
Nas kicks off Fourth of July weekend at the ESSENCE Music Festival, headlining the “Now Playing” concert at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Thursday night, Nas took the stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, as well as the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Music Festival with a special performance during the ESSENCES’s “Now Playing” concert. Performing at New Orlean’s Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Nas headlined a night of entertainment that also included performances from artists K. Michelle, Jesse Boykins III, Jazmine Sullivan and Trey Songz. “It’s an honor to be going out there,” Nas said as he prepared to take the stage. “Twenty years of ESSENCE and at the same time twenty years of my first album. So to do this, like this – it just worked out really crazy.” 
Dressed in a black jacket and 20th Anniversary Illmatic t-shirt, Nas took the stage with a high energy performance of his debut album as the crowd reminisced and joined the emcee rapping lyric for lyric. Backed by DJ Green Lantern and a live band, Nas  continued his performance  mixing in other well known classics including “If I Ruled The World,” “Hate Me Now,” and a remixed version of “One Mic” accompanied by a sample of Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight.” The event kicked off the annual ESSENCE Music Festival celebration consisting of three days of performances from more than 80 artists and 150 guest speakers.  

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#IllmaticXX: Nas & ESSENCE Music Festival Share 20th Anniversary Celebration

Nas kicks off Fourth of July weekend at the ESSENCE Music Festival, headlining the “Now Playing” concert at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Thursday night, Nas took the stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, as well as the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Music Festival with a special performance during the ESSENCES’s “Now Playing” concert. Performing at New Orlean’s Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Nas headlined a night of entertainment that also included performances from artists K. Michelle, Jesse Boykins III, Jazmine Sullivan and Trey Songz. “It’s an honor to be going out there,” Nas said as he prepared to take the stage. “Twenty years of ESSENCE and at the same time twenty years of my first album. So to do this, like this – it just worked out really crazy.” 

Dressed in a black jacket and 20th Anniversary Illmatic t-shirt, Nas took the stage with a high energy performance of his debut album as the crowd reminisced and joined the emcee rapping lyric for lyric. Backed by DJ Green Lantern and a live band, Nas  continued his performance  mixing in other well known classics including “If I Ruled The World,” “Hate Me Now,” and a remixed version of “One Mic” accompanied by a sample of Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight.” The event kicked off the annual ESSENCE Music Festival celebration consisting of three days of performances from more than 80 artists and 150 guest speakers.  

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Chillin with some Gr8 people at the Paris show…

Chillin with some Gr8 people at the Paris show…

Influenced by the King, MJ. #IllmaticXX

Influenced by the King, MJ. #IllmaticXX