"A Night With Nas" at the Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover
Mass Appeal announces “A Night with Nas" at The Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover, a free event taking place March 14th at Austin Music Hall.
Two years after he rocked the stage with a legendary performance with long time collaborator DJ Premier, Nas returns to the SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival. Nas is scheduled for two events at the nine-day music, film, and interactive conference which begins Friday, March 7th in Austin, Tx. Nas will make his first appearance when he joins friend and business partner, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz, in a conversation at 3:30pm this Sunday on the SXSW Interactive Festival stage. Friday, March 14, Nas with co-host Sway, brings attendees A Night With Nas as part of the Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover. The event, which is free with rsvp through Mass Appeal features an impressive lineup with headlining artist Nas, Flying Lotus, B.O.B., A.S.A.P. Mob, Thundercat, and more.
New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from NEW Album Illmatic XX
Exclusively on Pitchfork.com, stream Nas’ previously unreleased freestyle rap recorded in 1993, featuring artists 6’9” and Grand Wizard for Illmatic XX, available April 15th.
Nas has announced that a previously unreleased freestyle rap is now available to stream exclusively on Pitchfork.com TODAY. The track, recorded on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR on October 28, 1993, features artists 6’9” and Grand Wizard. PRESS HERE to listen now.
Nas’ new album, Illmatic XX, is a compilation of rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of his seminal debut release Illmatic. The collection will drop April 15th via SONY Legacy. In conjunction with the new release, Nas will be touring the U.S. this spring and performing the groundbreaking album from front to back. The tour will kick off with special performances at both the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as this year’s Coachella Festival. In combination with the release, Time Is Illmatic – a feature length documentary film that examines the album – will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 16th. More details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Watch Nas Discuss Hip Hop, Sneaker Addictions, and His New Sneaker Boutique, 12AM Run, With Complex
Hip Hop Superstar Nas and Vegas business mogul Nick Sakai discuss the impact of sneakers in hip-hop culture and reveal details on their new business venture, 12AM Run. Complex Sneakers got the inside on the origination of the venture, the meaning of the name, and more on the new sneaker boutique set to open this Spring in Las Vegas.
With the opening of Nas’ new sneaker boutique 12AM Run just around the corner, Nas and business partner Nick Sakai stopped by Complex Sneakers to discuss hip hop and it’s correlation to sneakers and fashion over time. Discussing the very real sneaker obsession of those in the hip hop culture Nas breaks down how this phenomena began in the early eighties with hip hop pioneers Run DMC and their famous ode to their favorite sneakers in My Adidas. He goes further into detail on when his love for sneakers began as a child and also list his top five sneakers of all time. Sharing his thoughts on the recent trend of rappers designing their own sneakers, Nas makes it clear that he’s excited for all of the music-based shoe collaborations in the sneaker game and would like to carry their products in his new shop, which is scheduled to open this Spring in Las Vegas.
Watch: NAS Shares Details on 12am Run
Nas sits down with Nice Kicks’s George Kiel to exclusively reveal details about his sneaker boutique, 12AM Run, coming this Spring to the Las Vegas Strip.
Long time sneaker addict and Hip Hop star, Nas discusses his new sneaker boutique, 12AM Run, with Nice Kicks's George Kiel. The Las Vegas-based sneaker boutique is a collaboration between Nas and co-owner Nick Sakai, set to open this Spring at the new open-air shopping, dinning, and entertainment attraction, The LINQ. Nas gives details on the store's origination concepts and how his vision came together with the experience of Sakai, to create the unique shopping experience that will feature all of the latest brands, exclusive sneakers, and possibly his own line, HSTRY, which premiered last fall. Speaking on his latest venture, Nas also shares details on what’s next for him musically, including the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic. The landmark album celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary this April.
Recap: Nas Performs at The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival
This past weekend marked the triumphant return of The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Celebrating the cross-cultural phenomenon oh hip hop music in the Latin community, Nas took the stage for a headlining performance.
The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival took over the Sun Life Stadium in Miami over the weekend. The musical festival infused with Latin Pop and Hip Hop genres brought together some of the industry’s biggest names for an all day celebration of art, music and culture . Headlining the even with Puerto Rican Sensation Don Omar, Nas took the stage for un unforgettable performance to a crowd of screaming fans. Dressed modestly in all black, Nas got the crowd going with classic hits from his debut album, Illmatic, which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this April. Accompanied by a live drummer, Nas also performed other chart topping hits including "Street Dreams," "If I Ruled the World," "I Can," and a jaw dropping intimate performance of "One Mic" where his momentum moved the crowed to join the performance word-for-word.
”One Nation Under Hip Hop”: Watch Nas Discuss the “Tanning of America”
Watch Nas, Steve Stout, and more discuss the impact of Hip Hop music in America as they come together to discuss The Tanning of America. A new documentary from VH1 that focuses on how hip-hop grew from an urban counter-culture movement to a major force in music, film, television, fashion, advertising, and politics.
Over the weekend, The Paley Center premiered The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, a new VH1 documentary exploring the way hip-hop has impacted every aspect of American life. The documentary will air in a four-part series based on the book by Steve Stoute, featuring classic and rare footage, as well as interviews with hip-hop notables Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Ron Howard, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, Rick Rubin, and more. After the premier of the documentary, an esteemed panel of experts moderated by O Magazine’s Editor-at-Large Gayle King, came together for an in-depth discussion that focused on how hip hop and black culture moved to bring people together or “tan” America. Legendary hip hop icon Nas joined the hour long panel discussing the topics from his expertise in Music, along with Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, FUBU’s founder Daymond John, director and former Yo! MTV Raps host Fab Five Freddy, and Author of the book Steve Stout. The actual documentary will air each night in parts starting on Monday, February 24 at 11pm on VH1.