Nas Caps Off the Year of Illmatic XX with US Tour in Conjunction with the Theatrical Release of Documentary Film, Nas: Time is Illmatic
Nas: Time is Illmatic Theatrical Release to Begin on October 1st in New York, with Nas’ Tour Dates Kicking Off October 2nd in Rochester, NY.
Nas will be kicking off a North American Fall Tour on October 2, 2014 in Rochester, NY (see below for full tour routing), in conjunction with a special screening of his documentary film, Nas: Time is Illmatic. Each show on the tour will be a special event where the film will screen followed by Nas performing Illmatic start to finish. The film will open theatrically via Tribeca Film beginning in New York on October 1st, with a national expansion to follow. It will be available on demand and iTunes starting October 3rd. The tour and the theatrical release of the film will cap offIllmatic’s20th anniversary celebration.
Nas: Time is Illmaticfollows the trajectory of his 1994 landmark debut album,Illmatic.It traces Nas’ influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.
"I want to thank Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and the Tribeca Film family for all of the love and support they’ve givenTime Is Illmatic,” said Nas. “It is an honor to be in partnership with them, and I feel there is a cultural kinship bonded by the city of New York.”
“When we started this project, Erik Parker and I couldn’t imagine that audiences would one day be able to experience the film with a live performance of Illmatic,the album that started it all. It will make each night a truly special moment for the culture. We are sure people of all generations will be inspired by the story of Nas, the Jones family, and electrified by a live performance,” said One9.
Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled Illmatic XX. PRESS HEREto download it now. In support of the album, Nas will be going on tour this upcoming fall.
Review: Nas Delivers at Squamish Valley Music Festival
Nas celebrates Illmatic 20th anniversary with an outstanding performance at Canada’s Squamish Valley Music Festival.
This weekend, the 2014 Squamish Music Festival descended over Squamish, British Columbia Canada and brought over 35,000 music lovers out for one of Canada’s largest festivals. Taking place at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields, the festival spanned over three days with a very impressive lineup including Nas, Bruno Mars, Lykke Li, The Roots, and more. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas headlined the festival on Friday night, performing the entire album from beginning to end. Dressed in a white t-shirt, denim jeans, and a denim vest, Nas took to the Tantalus stage to take hip hop fans back through time with a performance of N. Y. State of Mind. For one full hour, Nas rocked the audience with a high energy set, performing hip hop classics “One Love,” “The World Is Yours,” and more from the iconic album. Just when the audience thought it was over, the emcee jumped into more classics from his catalogue including “Got Yourself A Gun,” “Made You Look,” and more.
Watch Nas Live at Ibiza Rocks on MTV this Weekend
If you missed Nas’ epic debut at this year’s Ibiza Rocks Festival, MTV Music has got you covered this weekend.
This weekend, MTV Music offers viewers a chance to relive Nas’ epic performance at this year’s Ibiza Rocks Music Festival. Premiering on Saturday at 10pm on MTV Live HD and Sunday at 9pm on MTV Music, MTV will air exclusive highlights from July’s performance where Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of Illmatic with a special performance of the album in it’s full glory. Performing classic tracks from that album including the classics “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” and ”N.Y. State Of Mind,” Nas rocked the audience with some of his biggest hits, like Stillmatic’s ”One Mic.”
Tune in this weekend.
#ArtOfTheChase: Nas Performs at Hennessy V.S Shepard Fairey Event in Chicago.
Nas performs at Hennessy’s #ArtOfTheChase event in Downtown Chicago during Lollapalooza Weekend.
Nas was one busy man over the weekend. With multiple performances scheduled to celebrate this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, the New York emcee found residency in Chicago over the weekend. On Friday, Nas joined Hennessy V.S as they celebrated the launch of the Hennessy V.S Limited Edition Shepard Fairey Bottle at The Art Alliance: The Provocateurs gallery.
Held at the Provocateurs gallery at Block 37, the celebration honored OBEY's Shepard Fairey and the launching of the new Hennessy V.S Limited Edition Shepard Fairey Bottle. Guests of the celebration were treated to a selection of small bites and carefully crafted cocktails infused with Hennessy, such as Shepard Fairey’s own creation, “The Revolution,” during the invite only luncheon. Attendees were also treated to an exclusive preview of the art work on display as well as an exclusive sit down, round table discussion with Shepard Fairey. During the discussion, the artist described the new label and inspiration behind the design and detail of the new limited edition bottle. Fairey, using the popular Hennessy mantra, “Never Stop Never Settle,” also discussed his drive as an artist to inspire others to constantly challenge themselves to create works that provoke, an motivation he took from lyricist masters like Nas.
Partygoers danced to the music of DJ Sean Mac, DJ M.O.S and Fairey before being treated to a special performance by Hennessy Brand Ambassador Nas. Dressed in light denim and wearing a single cold chain with a gold medallion, Nas took the stage to congratulate Fairey on his accomplishments and acknowledge Hennessy for their support of artistry. The legendary emcee immediate proceeded to rock the crowd with a surprise set performing some of his biggest hits including “If IRuled The World,” “Made You Look,” “One Mic,” and more.
Chicago: Nas Performs Illmatic at Lollapalooza 2014
Nas celebrates 20 years of Illmatic with a special performance at Lollapalooza 2014 in Chicago.
This year’s Lollapalooza festival went down in history, as a host of big-name performers from all genres of music took over the “Windy City.” Held in Chicago’s Grant Park, the festival brought many big names to play the three day event including Nas, OutKast, Calvin Harris, Temper Trap, and more. Nas, who is currently celebrating the twentieth anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, performed an unforgettable set on Saturday night.
Dressed in all black and wearing a single gold chain, Nas took to the Palladia stage, beginning his performance with a large screen counting the years backwards from 2014 to 1994, the year in which “Illmatic” was released. Following the countdown, the emcee immediately went into the classic joint “N.Y. State of Mind,” which had the crowd jumping high and singing along to the music word-for-word. Nas kept the energy high as he continued to perform hits from the album including a performance of “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”for which he stopped the show to pay homage to Michael Jackson directly before launching into the 1994 single. Speaking humbly to the crowd on the accomplishment and celebration of Illmatic, Nas said “20 years ago I put out this album. Some of ya’ll were just 1 years-old when this album came out, but damn it feels good to be out here Lollapalooza”.
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.