The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced the addition of two feature films, both with musical roots, to its special screenings program: Alex Gibney’s work-in-progress Untitled James Brown Documentary, and the world premiere of Björk: Biophilia Live. It was also announced that TFF’s Opening Night, the world premiere of Time is Illmatic followed by a performance by legendary rapper Nas, will take place at the iconic Beacon Theatre with tickets for sale to the public. Opening Night is co-sponsored by Hennessy. The 2014 Festival will take place from April 16 - 27 in New York City.
Yesterday, Lollapalooza released the official lineup for one of the countries’ most anticipated music festivals of the year. The three-day event, which takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park (Aug 1st-3rd), will feature over 130 performing acts dispersed between eight different stages. Nas who is scheduled to play Saturday, will join headlining acts Outkast, Foster the People, Fitz and the Tantrums and more. Other artist scheduled to play the festival include Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkey, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Run the Jewels, Warpaint, Blood Orange, and more. Tickets for the event are on sale now.
With the 20 year anniversary of Illmatic approaching next month, Nas has been treating fans and concert goers to live renditions of some of his biggest hits from the landmark album. Mass Appeal x Groove Shark’s SXSW Takeover was not exempt, as Nas performed a medley of songs from the album that got the crowed hyped, including “New York State Of Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” and “The World Is Yours.” Backed by Epic recording artist Nylo, Nas continued to rock the crowd with 1996’s “If I Ruled The World,” before ending his one hour set to a venue os screaming fans. Vibe Media attended the event and captured an epic performance of Nas spitting classic verses from Illmatic’s ”The World Is Yours” at the famed Austin Music Hall. Check it out now.
Nas performs Illmatic in it’s entirety in the heart of New Orleans as headliner of The BUKU Music + Art Project- day one.
Friday night, New Orleans welcomed back one of their largest annual music festivals, The BUKU Art + Music Project. The festival which offers a diverse lineup of the finest EDM, Inide, and Hip Hop music took place at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World with the backdrop of the Mississippi River. Kicking off day one of the festival, New York native and legendary lyricists Nas dressed in a white pullover sweatshirt that read Illmatic 20 Years, arrived to perform at the venue’s famous Power Plant stage. Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas gave a riveting performance of the landmark album in it’s entirety accompanied by fans screaming the lyrics word for word. Spitting classic versus from tracks like “The World is Yours,” “N.Y. State of Mind,” “Halftime,” and more, the crowd went wild on this powerful trip down memory lane. Nas continued to set the scene on fire as he ventured into a medley of tracks from other albums including “One Mic” “Hate Me Know”, and a few songs from his most recent album, “Life Is Good”.
Friday Night in Austin, SWSX’s final weekend kicked off with a legendary show that offered something for everyone. With a diverse selection of artists and performers, and a headlining performance themed, “A Night With Nas”, there’s no question that the Mass Appeal x Groove Shark’s SXSW Takeover show was anything less than spectacular. Taking place at the famed Austin Music Hall, the evening included performances from Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Juicy J, ASAP Mob, and more. The crowd exploded when Nas, dressed in a red Mass Appeal crew neck and FILA bucket hat, triumphantly hit the stage performing his classic “Hate Me Know” and continued to rock the crowd with classics from his legendary album, Illmatic, including New York State Of Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” and “The World Is Yours”. Check out the video recap of the Mass Appeal x Groove Shark’s SXSW Takeover for exclusive footage behind the scenes and highlights from some of the action on stage.
New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from NEW Album #IllmaticXX Today!
“It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)” Now Streaming on massappeal.com
Nas has announced that “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)” is now available to stream exclusively on MassAppeal.com TODAY. 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.