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Nas

Nas is hip-hop's poet laureate, the flashpoint for all the love, hate, respect, controversy and consciousness heaped upon the genre. His debut album, Illmatic, is considered by many to be hip-hop's high water mark. On songs such as "Memory Lane" and "One Love," Nas sounded as he could've been 60 or 16, a shortie on the corner slinging rock or a revolutionary on the capitol steps. But the Queensbridge emcee is too talented to be contained by one style, and successive albums (most notably 1996's It Was Written) found him experimenting with the highly stylized mafioso fantasies that became the genre's bread and butter. After the slaying of Biggie and Pac, Nas risked his legacy with a string of albums that ranged from painfully bad (Nastradamus) to mediocre (I Am...). Fortunately, the emcee's time in the desert was limited, and 2001's Stillmatic announced a revitalized Nas; 2002's strong God's Son and 2004's politically prickly Street's Disciple were similarly great. When he declared "hip-hop is dead" on the 2006 album of the same name, the world listened. Originally titled N*gg*r, his untitled 2008 album was characteristically contentious. He has since released 2010's Distant Relative... See More

Nas Concert Films

  • Live at House of Blues Chicago 2008

    Nas

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 59 min

    Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 25 million records worldwide. This live concert recording at the House of Blues in Chicago consists of outstanding performances of hits like Street Dreams, If I Ruled the World, Get down, Freeze, Got Yourself A Gun, Made You Look and many more.
     
     
  • Live at the Lovebox 2014

    Nas

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 56 min

    Nas comes to London’s Lovebox Festival with his iconic “Illmatic” album (meaning “beyond ill” or “the ultimate”). This album uses samples galore in the best example of hip hoppers honoring banging beats.
     
     
  • Live From the Kennedy Center

    Nas

    Year: 2018

    Runtime: 52 min

    When Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
     
     
  • Made You Look: God’s Son Live

    Nas

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 6 min

    Made You Look: God's Son Live finds legendary rapper Nas on stage at New York City's Webster Hall with a posse of hits ("It Ain't Hard To Tell," "One Mic," "Got Ur Self A...") and guest appearances by Ludacris, Jadakiss and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.
     
     

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