Watch Nas Tonight on Tavis Smiley
Nas appears on Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS discussing his debut album, Illmatic, and the album’s 20th anniversary.
Watch Nas discuss Illmatic tonight at 11pm PST with Tavis Smiley on PBS. Nas reflects on his debut album and the twenty years that have passed since the album’s historic release. Discussing the landmark release, Author and Philanthropist Tavis Smiley and the Queens’ Native discuss his over two decades of success through hip hop, his recent honor of the establishment of The Nasir Jones Fellowship at Harvard University, and his many other successes in business and beyond.
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Nas to Play Boston Calling Festival This September
Boston Calling announces the lineup for the fall edition of the festival featuring Nas playing a set with The Roots.
Today Boston Calling, the music festival that features a mix of classic and contemporary artists and genres, from hip-hop, indie rock, dance, and pop music, has officially announced their lineup for both editions of the 2014 event, taking place in May with a second part taking place in September. Nas has been scheduled for a performance during the fall edition, going on from September 5 to 7 at City Hall Plaza in Boston. The festival returns to the city after it’s Spring edition, with an impressive and diverse lineup that is sure to provide fun and entertainment for everyone. The fall edition will feature legendary rapper Nas, playing a set with The Roots, Childish Gambino, Lorde, The Replacements, and more.
Pre-sale tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow at 10:00am, and on sale to the general public Monday, April 28th at 10:00am.
Did You Know? 5 Lesser-Known Facts From The Creation Of Nas’ “Illmatic”
Hip Hop DX reveals some of the secrets and lesser-known facts behind the historical production of Nas’ "Illmatic."
Twenty years after it’s release, Nas’ classic album, Illmatic, is still revered as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Nas obviously takes the credit for this phenomenon, showcasing mastery skill level of lyricism and delivery at the young age of 17 years old. The album catapulted the young man from Queens into stardom with songs like “The World Is Yours,” “One Love”, “Halftime”, and “N.Y. State of Mind,” to name a few. Nas was able to cement his place in hip hop through thought provoking lyrics displayed over flawless production from a dream team of producers, handpicked by the emcee himself. The production team, including Q- Tip, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and DJ Premier, will forever share the glory and hold the bragging rights to creating the timeless and meaningful album. Although this album is constantly debated and remains relevant in hip hop conversations and discussions, there are still little known facts that the masses of fans are not aware of such as “One Love” originally being titled “Summer Vacation.”
Hip Hop DX dives deep into those topics as they reveal some of the lesser-known details from the creators of Nas’ landmark album “Illmatic.”
Nas Offers Tech Scholarships to Minorities with Google and Microsoft
Nas partners with Microsoft and Google to fund scholarships in technology, specifically targeting African-Americans and Latinos.
On Thursday, General Assembly, a New York City-based tech educator, announced the launch of the “Opportunity Fund,” a new initiative from Google, Microsoft, and Nasir Jones that will provide scholarships to students who have been historically under-represented in the industry such as women, African-Americans and Latinos. Nas, who has recently co-founded the venture capitalist firm QueensBridge Venture Partners stated “Education, careers and opportunities in technology should not be limited to any one demographic, and I’m happy to support minorities who will see doors open to them as a result of participation in this program.” Students eligible to receive scholarships awards must agree to commit at least 100 hours mentoring local high school students through a number of nonprofits groups including All Star Code, Black Girls Code, CodeNow, Coderdojo and ScriptEd.
Applications for the scholarship are being accepted through May 7th.
Nas Celebrates Illmatic’s 20th Anniversary at Coachella with Damian Marley & Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nas brings out Damian Marley and Ms. Lauryn Hill to celebrate Illmatic’s April 19th twentieth anniversary during his performance at Coachella’s week two.
Twenty years to the day of its release, Nas took to Coachella’s main stage for a once-in-a lifetime performance of his debut album, Illmatic. Last weekend, Nas shocked the audience bringing out two of hip hop’s biggest names, Jay Z and Diddy, to join him in the 20 year celebration. This past weekend was just as explosive when Nas, dressed in all black, brought out two more special guests, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Nas first brought out longtime friend and 2010’s Distant Relatives collaborator, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to perform hits, “Welcome to Jamrock” and “Road to Zion.” Later during the performance, the audience was shocked when without announcement, Nas began performing his 1996 hit “If I Ruled the World” bringing out good friend and fellow musician, Ms. Lauryn Hill to join him in performing one of their biggest hits to date. The two haven’t shared the stage together since 2012’s Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour.
Overall, Nas brought the house down, closing out Saturday night’s festivities with bang, telling the audience “Happy anniversary to all of us.”