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Recap: A Discussion with Nas and Ben Horowitz at SXSW Interactive 2014
Hip Hop legend and entrepernuer Nas interviews friend, business partner, and Venture Capitalists Ben Horowitz for a deep discussion on the correlation of hip hop and entrepreneurship for SXSW interactive.

SXSW kicked off last week in Austin, Tx with a host of events, performances, and trade shows, celebrating the areas of music, film, and interactive technology. Among the scheduled events was Sunday’s discussion panel with iconic rapper Nas and top investor Ben Horowitz. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their Venture Capitalist firm into a one of the most successful investment firms of our time. Nas, who has collaborated with Horowitz recently on a number of projects including Tristan Walker’s Bevel by Walker & Company, interviewed the Silicone Valley CEO on a number of topics including history, music, entrepreneurship and the parallels of language and ethics of hip hop and business. The two discuss their respective careers, their chance meeting and the development of their friendship and joint business ventures. Nas and Horowitz broke down the elements of success in starting your own business and succeeding on your own terms. The lively discussion, was filled with hip hop quotables and sound advice for those in the audience looking to invest in their dreams.

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Recap: A Discussion with Nas and Ben Horowitz at SXSW Interactive 2014

Hip Hop legend and entrepernuer Nas interviews friend, business partner, and Venture Capitalists Ben Horowitz for a deep discussion on the correlation of hip hop and entrepreneurship for SXSW interactive.

SXSW kicked off last week in Austin, Tx with a host of events, performances, and trade shows, celebrating the areas of music, film, and interactive technology. Among the scheduled events was Sunday’s discussion panel with iconic rapper Nas and top investor Ben Horowitz. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their Venture Capitalist firm into a one of the most successful investment firms of our time. Nas, who has collaborated with Horowitz recently on a number of projects including Tristan Walker’s Bevel by Walker & Company, interviewed the Silicone Valley CEO on a number of topics including history, music, entrepreneurship and the parallels of language and ethics of hip hop and business. The two discuss their respective careers, their chance meeting and the development of their friendship and joint business ventures. Nas and Horowitz broke down the elements of success in starting your own business and succeeding on your own terms. The lively discussion, was filled with hip hop quotables and sound advice for those in the audience looking to invest in their dreams.

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Lehigh University today with my HERO Angela Davis and friend James Peterson.

Lehigh University today with my HERO Angela Davis and friend James Peterson.

Talkin at Lehigh University was amazing tonight. Thank yallllll!

Talkin at Lehigh University was amazing tonight. Thank yallllll!

by @hennessyus “I’m happy with the small things in life. I’m here because of my quest for knowledge” - @Nasnyc on money & fame #SXSW #WildRabbit #HennessyxNas”

by @hennessyus “I’m happy with the small things in life. I’m here because of my quest for knowledge” - @Nasnyc on money & fame #SXSW #WildRabbit #HennessyxNas”

Backstage at interactive with my man Ben Horowitz #12amRun #kicks #askBen

Backstage at interactive with my man Ben Horowitz #12amRun #kicks #askBen

Last night with @dude_br0 @guyoseary and @aplusk #SXSW

Last night with @dude_br0 @guyoseary and @aplusk #SXSW

Memorial Day Weekend: Nas to Headline 2014 Soundset Music Festival
Nas, Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, and more to play the 2014 Soundset Music Festival May 25th. Tickets for the festival on sale tomorrow.

Celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year, Soundset Music Festival organizers announced their 2014 lineup recently with legendary emcee Nas scheduled as a headliner to  for the event. Nas, who’s debut album Illmatic, approaches it’s 20th anniversary this April, will be celebrating with a special re-release of the classic, branded Illmatic XX, and will perform a special set celebrating the landmark album. The day long festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend in Shakopee, Minnesota, will feature two Main Stages and the Fifth Element stage, bringing fans a selection of diverse music from over 40 talented artists. Other headlining performers include Atmosphere and Wiz Khalifa, complimented by a very impressive lineup featuring 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, Earlwolf (Tyler the Creator + Earl Sweatshirt), Chance the Rapper and Pusha T, and more. The day-long festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, and returns to the grounds outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Tickets for the event go on sale March 8th.

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Memorial Day Weekend: Nas to Headline 2014 Soundset Music Festival

Nas, Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, and more to play the 2014 Soundset Music Festival May 25th. Tickets for the festival on sale tomorrow.

Celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year, Soundset Music Festival organizers announced their 2014 lineup recently with legendary emcee Nas scheduled as a headliner to  for the event. Nas, who’s debut album Illmatic, approaches it’s 20th anniversary this April, will be celebrating with a special re-release of the classic, branded Illmatic XX, and will perform a special set celebrating the landmark album. The day long festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend in Shakopee, Minnesota, will feature two Main Stages and the Fifth Element stage, bringing fans a selection of diverse music from over 40 talented artists. Other headlining performers include Atmosphere and Wiz Khalifa, complimented by a very impressive lineup featuring 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, Earlwolf (Tyler the Creator + Earl Sweatshirt), Chance the Rapper and Pusha T, and more. The day-long festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, and returns to the grounds outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Tickets for the event go on sale March 8th.

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SXSW Takeover - 3/14! @massappeal

SXSW Takeover - 3/14! @massappeal

"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.

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"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.

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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.   

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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.   

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