Nas - NewsThe latest news from Nashttp://www.nasirjones.com/newsHennessy V.S Presents NAS: #TimeIsIllmatic Tour<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.2lufrjlokrlqp3w2lyihwy3yk2atnsrljomweyhs830.jpg?1408653921" style="width: 575px; height: 805px;" /></p> <p>Purchase Your Tickets <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/events">HERE</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:43:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/222653Nas Caps Off the Year of Illmatic XX with US Tour in Conjunction with the Theatrical Release of Documentary Film, Nas: Time is Illmatic<p><a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.txcnkzyfdy0o5pmy1vtgfe2yj-ikvt4if93i-3mw7_i.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.6nvbzzdm-gwckqnrewmqjpz82pd72k0nw58fsk920jg.jpg?1407866088" style="width: 269px; height: 290px;" /></a></p> <p>Nas will be kicking off a North American Fall Tour on October 2, 2014 in Rochester, NY (see below for full tour routing), in conjunction with a special screening of his documentary film, <em>Nas: Time is Illmatic</em>. Each show on the tour will be a special event where the film will screen followed by Nas performing <em>Illmatic</em> start to finish. The film will open theatrically via Tribeca Film beginning in New York on October 1st, with a national expansion to follow. It will be available on demand and iTunes starting October 3rd. The tour and the theatrical release of the film will cap off <em>Illmatics</em> 20th anniversary celebration. </p> <p><em>Nas: Time is Illmatic</em> follows the trajectory of his 1994 landmark debut album, <em>Illmatic.</em> It traces Nas influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundations Just Films, Tribeca Film Institutes Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide. </p> <p>"I want to thank Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and the Tribeca Film family for all of the love and support theyve given <em>Time Is Illmatic</em>, said Nas. It is an honor to be in partnership with them, and I feel there is a cultural kinship bonded by the city of New York." </p> <p>When we started this project, Erik Parker and I couldnt imagine that audiences would one day be able to experience the film with a live performance of<em> Illmatic,</em> the album that started it all. It will make each night a truly special moment for the culture. We are sure people of all generations will be inspired by the story of Nas, the Jones family, and electrified by a live performance, said One9. </p> <p>Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled <em>Illmatic XX</em>. <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/illmatic-legacy-edition/id806427685?ign-mpt=uo%3D4">PRESS HERE</a> to download it now. In support of the album, Nas will be going on tour this upcoming fall. </p> <p><strong>TOUR DATES:</strong></p> <p><em>*</em>Will not be screening<em> Nas: Time is Illmatic </em></p> <p>Oct. 2nd <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Rochester, NY<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Main Street Armory*</p> <p>Oct. 3rd <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Albany, NY<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Palace Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 4th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Washington D.C.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Lincoln Theatre (Matinee)</p> <p>Oct. 5th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Glenside, PA<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Keswick Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 8th<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Toronto, ON<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Queen Elizabeth Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 9th<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Detroit, MI<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The Fillmore Detroit</p> <p>Oct. 10th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Hammond, IN<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Horseshoe</p> <p>Oct. 11th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Lincoln, NE<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bourbon Theatre*</p> <p>Oct. 12th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Denver, CO<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Paramount Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 15th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Seattle, WA<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Moore Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 16th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Vancouver, BC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Vogue Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 17th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Las Vegas, NV<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas*</p> <p>Oct. 18th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Los Angeles, CA<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Orpheum Theatre</p> <p>Oct. 19th <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Oakland, CA<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fox Theater<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> </p> <p>Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artists since the 1980s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, he has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe. Since the release of <em>Illmatic,</em> he has released 9 solo albums and three compilations all of which have been certified double-platinum, platinum and gold. Before <em>Illmatic XX</em>, his most recent release was 2012s <em>Life Is Good</em>, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the sixth #1 album that Nas has produced in his career. The collection also received four GRAMMY nominations bringing the rap icons GRAMMY recognition count to 13 overall. <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></p> <p><strong>About Hennessy</strong></p> <p>Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Mot Hennessy USA, Inc. and is produced by Jas Hennessy & Co., a subsidiary of LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Privilege V.S.O.P, Hennessy Black, X.O, Prive, Paradis, Paradis Imperial and Richard Hennessy. For more information, please go to <a href="http://www.hennessy.com">www.hennessy.com </a></p> <p><strong>About Tribeca</strong></p> <p>Film Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and releasing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. Current and upcoming Tribeca Film releases include Gia Coppolas <em>Palo Alto</em>, David MacKenzies <em>Starred Up</em>, and Alex Ross Perrys <em>Listen Up Philip</em>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:44:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/221493Review: Nas Delivers at Squamish Valley Music Festival<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/05/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.fux6psnguwmzslykduzhakvq-smo-pwiqzt82symqwa.png?1407789289" style="width: 575px; height: 393px;" /></p> <p>This weekend, the 2014 Squamish Music Festival descended over Squamish, British Columbia Canada and brought over 35,000 music lovers out for one of Canadas largest festivals. Taking place at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields, the festival spanned over three days with a very impressive lineup including Nas, Bruno Mars, Lykke Li, The Roots, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.9bs8g7ccpa-iql3yfagfrfpgdu1cnvwotq6-tkwkmii.png?1407789850" style="width: 575px; height: 405px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas headlined the festival on Friday night, performing the entire album from beginning to end. Dressed in a white t-shirt, denim jeans, and a denim vest, Nas took to the Tantalus stage to take hip hop fans back through time with a performance of N. Y. State of Mind.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mmy9mpmc9b4cjucvfdjlf7fdzup1wcb90sat9digxna.png?1407790155" style="width: 575px; height: 405px;" /></p> <p>For one full hour, Nas rocked the audience with a high energy set, performing hip hop classics One Love, The World Is Yours, and more from the iconic album. Just when the audience thought it was over, the emcee jumped into more classics from his catalogue including "Got Yourself A Gun," "Made You Look," and more.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mjd3x9lv_baaj4_5ash5xw007l4x9g1cohwfgp54kto.png?1407790209" style="width: 575px; height: 393px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.lx_jjbshrnjk8knix6bzgd330tqkkut-8thyhh-wqik.png?1407790238" style="width: 575px; height: 423px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Review+Squamish+Valley+Music+Festival+delivers+expectations+with+Serena+Ryder+Bruno/10103108/story.html?__federated=1">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:25:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/221393Watch Nas Live at Ibiza Rocks on MTV this Weekend<p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.1omizpigt775rbkvrl0w00dllmxaldtnz3cv-xwqtti.jpg?1407529413" style="width: 575px; height: 863px;" /></p> <p>This weekend, MTV Music offers viewers a chance to relive Nas epic performance at this years Ibiza Rocks Music Festival. Premiering on Saturday at 10pm on MTV Live HD and Sunday at 9pm on MTV Music, MTV will air exclusive highlights from Julys performance where Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em> with a special performance of the album in its full glory. Performing classic tracks from that album including the classics "It Aint Hard To Tell" and "N.Y. State Of Mind," Nas rocked the audience with some of his biggest hits, like <em>Stillmatic"One Mic." Tune in this weekend.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ibizarocks.com/events/news/watch-nas-live-at-ibiza-rocks-this-weekend-on-mtv/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:21:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/221143 #ArtOfTheChase: Nas Performs at Hennessy V.S Shepard Fairey Event in Chicago.<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.kqqkiohdwh7rkechnffg-7xrq15jvajvxukpbw0c2j0.png?1407262347" style="width: 575px; height: 385px;" /></p> <p>Nas was one busy man over the weekend. With multiple performances scheduled to celebrate this years Lollapalooza music festival, the New York emcee found residency in Chicago over the weekend. On Friday, Nas joined <em>Hennessy V.S</em> as they celebrated the launch of the <em>Hennessy V.S</em> Limited Edition Shepard Fairey Bottle at <strong>The Art Alliance: The Provocateurs gallery. </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wvdup7ndi8vhduiq2xfrerouyucubsyqztiy2787umi.jpg?1407262849" style="width: 575px; height: 382px;" /></strong></p> <p>Held at the Provocateurs gallery at Block 37, the celebration honored <em>OBEY</em>s Shepard Fairey and the launching of the new <em>Hennessy V.S</em> Limited Edition Shepard Fairey Bottle. Guests of the celebration were treated to a selection of small bites and carefully crafted cocktails infused with Hennessy, such as Shepard Faireys own creation, The Revolution, during the invite only luncheon.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.unsodf0euufzh2y-s7mncfjb-jo-7ubhuq4qc1y8wuc.png?1407262913" style="width: 575px; height: 379px;" /></p> <p>Attendees were also treated to an exclusive preview of the art work on display as well as an exclusive sit down, round table discussion with Shepard Fairey. During the discussion, the artist described the new label and inspiration behind the design and detail of the new limited edition bottle. Fairey, using the popular Hennessy mantra, Never Stop Never Settle, also discussed his drive as an artist to inspire others to constantly challenge themselves to create works that provoke, an motivation he took from lyricist masters like Nas. </p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/14/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ut7tzr503qomjwyqdqokrnktpnrze4vo3a2tkpbdvvg.png?1407262989" /></p> <p>Partygoers danced to the music of DJ Sean Mac, DJ M.O.S and Fairey before being treated to a special performance by Hennessy Brand Ambassador Nas. Dressed in light denim and wearing a single cold chain with a gold medallion, Nas took the stage to congratulate Fairey on his accomplishments and acknowledge Hennessy for their support of artistry. The legendary emcee immediate proceeded to rock the crowd with a surprise set performing some of his biggest hits including "If IRuled The World," "Made You Look," "One Mic," and more. </p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.1jhf_r6d-3iyxjgv7j-qv8volxzhmhqpzcbmuojmrre.png?1407263018" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.5zqi5yovy-ogkrolfszs4vk3nz-h8kgmzxj_twmqreg.png?1407263051" /></p> <p><a href="http://rollingout.com/photos/event-photos-photos/nas-performs-chicagos-hennessy-v-s-shepard-fairey-event/">Read More</a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:11:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/220643Chicago: Nas Performs Illmatic at Lollapalooza 2014<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/11/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.n5sakbqldl985ayc9pkugfnwdelibjkwpn97qjbshxg.jpg?1407181816" style="width: 395px; height: 594px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>This years Lollapalooza festival went down in history, as a host of big-name performers from all genres of music took over the "Windy City." Held in Chicagos Grant Park, the festival brought many big names to play the three day event including Nas, OutKast, Calvin Harris, Temper Trap, and more. Nas, who is currently celebrating the twentieth anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic,</em> performed an unforgettable set on Saturday night.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.g3jpnvt7ytmszi6p4xrjdwzzfw64n3c4leuna3bcbji.jpg?1407182109" /></p> <p>Dressed in all black and wearing a single gold chain, Nas took to the Palladia stage, beginning his performance with a large screen counting the years backwards from 2014 to 1994, the year in which <em>Illmatic</em> was released.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.xnfyrndcjmlygqvute56irpcl7qkog7j_dxedxcyuke.jpg?1407182141" style="width: 575px; height: 401px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Following the countdown, the emcee immediately went into the classic joint "N.Y. State of Mind," which had the crowd jumping high and singing along to the music word-for-word. Nas kept the energy high as he continued to perform hits from the album including a performance of "It Aint Hard to Tell"for which he stopped the show to pay homage to Michael Jackson directly before launching into the 1994 single. Speaking humbly to the crowd on the accomplishment and celebration of <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas said "20 years ago I put out this album. Some of yall were just 1 years-old when this album came out, but damn it feels good to be out here Lollapalooza".</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.xdbntx_aou7-uwdanav2fmcvcvs6scsvyiqyzdsm8b8.jpg?1407182171" style="width: 575px; height: 384px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/review-nas-outkast-and-iggy-azalea-at-lollapalooza-2014">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:49:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/220513Ill Advice: Nas Offers Advice to Kendrick Lamar On Following Up A Classic Album<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/11/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.yg17r74p-jhqpy9tjyc6-g3ffwir1kef8duvxbjn0so.png?1406583781" style="width: 575px; height: 372px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Its no secret that Nas debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, was not an immediate commercial success, but still managed to move the hip hop culture to another level, eventually becoming one of the most successful and praised debut albums in hip hop. Released in 1994, the album spoke of a time and a culture that when paired with the Nas lyrical genius, went unmatched by the works of his peers both back then and now. Twenty years later, the success of <em>Illmatic</em> and the timeless body of work continues to draw comparisons between Nas and other hip hop artists of today. More recently, the conversation has shifted to draw comparisons between the success of <em>Illmatic</em> and Kendrick Lamars <em>good kid, m.A.A.d city</em>. During a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Nas addressed the comparisons between his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em> and Kendrick Lamars <em>good kid, m.A.A.d city</em>. With the massive success of Kendricks debut album, the pressure for an equally good or even better sophomore album is thick and can be a trying experience.</p> <p>Nas, speaking with Complexs Insanul Ahmed, offers words of wisdom and advice to Lamar while sharing his experience on the completion of his sophomore album and addresses the comparisons between the two.</p> <p><a href="http://http://www.complex.com/music/2014/07/nas-kendrick-lamar-interview">Read the Article Here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/219663Finding Your Roots: Listen as Nas Shares His Experience on Discovering His Ancestry<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zgiidvset5ei-br3umh94xmqab8p-zuohqocvahtuvs.jpg?1406226182" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>On the upcoming second season of PBS "Finding Your Roots" with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Nas will appear on the show to trace the history of ancestors through five generations. Nas, a fan of the series from the first season, spoke of the experience during the PBS Networks portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Sharing his reaction from the moment he was presented with documentation from 1859 that showed the sale of an ancestor being sold as a slave, Nas explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale," I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk." </p> <p></p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160016311&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>Nas will be the first hip hop artist to appear on the show as well as the first participant where researchers were able to trace a participants history through five generations of slavery. The host, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explained, We introduced Nas to five generations weve never been able to do this before for any African American five generations of his enslaved ancestors. During the discussion Nas was asked if the new revelations about his family roots would effect or influence his music to which he replied, "Nothing is planned, but I think in some way it will happen on its own." The panel also featured actors Courtney B. Vance, Khandi Alexander and writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith discussing their experience discovering their history in the second series of the show.</p> <p>The 10-part season 2 of Finding Your Roots will premier this fall on PBS on September 23. </p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/nas-pbs-series-finding-your-roots_n_5617360.html">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:12:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/219293Live from London: Nas Performs at Lovebox 2014<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.nr8kqnw9v1f3omwtq_0blyzktvggrocg2fhq7y958pm.jpg?1405972192" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>Saturday Night, Nas European tour stopped in London for a headlining performance at the 2014 Lovebox Music Festival. Taking place on the grounds of Londons Victoria Park, the festival offered fans the rare opportunity to see the hip hop legend deliver a track-by-track rendition of his classic debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Dressed in dark denim and a "Queensbridge North Houses" t-shirt, the emcee, who is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the landmark album, took to the venues main stage early Saturday evening. Backed by DJ Green Lantern, Nas rocked the crowd with an unforgettable performance of the classic album with tracks like "N.Y. state of Mind," "Represent," and "One Love," where the masses of the audience could be seen pointing one finger in the air while rocking out to the track. Nas continued his performance of the full album before treating the audience to other hits from his catalogue including "One Mic," "Hate Me Now," and more.</p> <p>Other artists who performed at the festival included MIA who also headlined the festival, Chase & Status, The Horrors, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Katy B, Banks, Mount Kimbie, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/21/music-rap-nas-idUSL6N0PW26520140721">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:49:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/218863Nas & Mass Appeal Present New Music Video for “Represent.” Winner of Music Video Contest directs new video for the classic track, in celebration of the year of Illmatic XX<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.2kpka_u2yn2tjq46frrxujgrlz7i4t4xpngteygrkhs.jpg?1405461022" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his seminal debut album Illmatic, Nas held a contest inviting fans to collaborate and produce the official music video for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qOvGyyAmpA"></a> an influential track off of the classic release. This is the first video ever made for the track and was shot at the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/yt/space/los-angeles.html">YouTube Space</a> Los Angeles. </p> <p>One winner, Brian Katz was chosen, and invited to collaborate alongside Nas and Mass Appeals own Jason Goldwatch, who helped bring his video vision to life. Inspired by the songs beat, produced by DJ Premier which incorporates samples from the soundtrack of the classic 1924 silent film <em>The Thief of Bagdad</em>, Brian drew parallel lines between the films protagonist and Nas own life. </p> <p><strong>"As someone who has had Illmatic in heavy rotation for the past 20 years, the opportunity to represent as a true fan in sharing my vision with Nas and have Jason Goldwatch help bring that vision to reality is proof positive that indeed The World is Yours - Brian Katz </strong></p> <p>Nas seminal debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, has been released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled <a href="http://smarturl.it/illmaticxx_itunes?IQid=youtube.represent"><em>Illmatic XX</em>,</a> available now on 2-CDs and 1-LP vinyl via Sony Music Entertainments Legacy Recordings. This exclusive collection features several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary. </p> <p>The release of <em>Illmatic XX</em> on April 15, 2014 charted in the top 20 of <em>Billboards Top 200</em>, reflecting Legacy Recordings aggressive and innovative campaign to elevate the seminal hip-hop record. The anniversary release was supported by a major print and online campaign which included coverage in <em>USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Complex, Pitchfork</em>, and several television appearances on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Real Time With Bill Maher</em> and <em>Charlie Rose</em> to name a few. </p> <p>Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to <em>Time is Illmatic</em>, the Nas documentary which had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will play in select theaters in October 2014. </p> <p>"A portrait of an artist as a hood, loner, tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic [the album] still stands as one of raps crowning achievements. <strong>-Rolling Stone </strong></p> <p>"The meticulously crafted essence of everything that makes hip-hop music great; its practically a sonic strand of the genres DNA." <strong>-Pitchfork </strong></p> <p>[A] masterwork of story-telling, lyricism and beat-making. <strong>-NPR Music</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:49:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/218353#RepresentIllmatic: Watch Behinds the Scenes Footage of Nas' "Represent" Music Video<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xDd3Tf_uLNI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>In celebration of <em>IllmaticXX</em>, Nas along with Mass Appeal held "The Represent Illmatic Video Contest" to give one up-and-coming filmmaker the opportunity to collaborate with Nas and Mass Appeals Jason Golwatch to create the first ever music video for the classic track. The winner, Brian Katz, was personally selected by Nas and Goldwatch and invited to work at the YouTube Creators Space in Los Angeles, CA. Katz, a native to Los Angeles and long time Nas fan, discusses the inspiration and influences behind the videos direction and the significance of being apart of such an iconic album. the video will makes its world premier tomorrow via Mass Appeal. Check out Complexs exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of the video. </p> <p>Get <strong>IllmaticXX</strong> on iTunes <a href="http://smarturl.it/illmaticxx_itunes?IQid=youtube.represent">here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/07/nas-represent-video-behind-the-scenes?utm_campaign=complexmusic+socialflow+07+2014&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:07:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/218093Unity Through Music: Nas to Perform at this Year's ONE Musicfest<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mrawsabnjvjisd1llzqkniiuz2luw3aeekpgtmn9wnc.jpg?1404840002" style="width: 471px; height: 471px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>After much anticipation, Atlantas annual ONE Musicfest returns late this summer for their fifth installment of live music and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind outdoor music experience features todays biggest artists playing three stages complete with VIP seating and party deck reservations, while also offering fans the opportunity to enjoy a variety of food trucks, merchants, gaming, and more. Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlantas diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. This year, Nas, who is also celebration the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, will headline the festival which takes place September 13th at thier new venue, Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Other artists scheduled to perform include Amel Larrieux, Method Man, Redman, Alice Smith, Daley and more acts to be announced soon.</p> <p>Tickets for the event are on sale now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.onemusicfest.com/#tickets">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:19:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/217423#IllmaticXX: Nas & ESSENCE Music Festival Share 20th Anniversary Celebration<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.q3ize7ji9pcyq4d7xctbsf4go7kwpejav_sp34s9j0g.jpg?1404758527" style="width: 575px; height: 366px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Thursday night, Nas took the stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, as well as the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Music Festival with a special performance during the ESSENCESs "Now Playing" concert. Performing at New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Nas headlined a night of entertainment that also included performances from artists K. Michelle, Jesse Boykins III, Jazmine Sullivan and Trey Songz. s an honor to be going out there, Nas said as he prepared to take the stage. Twenty years of ESSENCE and at the same time twenty years of my first album. So to do this, like this it just worked out really crazy.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.h91uxjzi6srzsb9mbyrdq3duo_zdwn-ukgcq9gncjoa.jpg?1404759092" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p></p> <p data-mce-style="color: #000000;" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Dressed in a black jacket and 20th Anniversaryt-shirt, Nas took the stage with a high energy performance of his debut album as the crowd reminisced and joined the emcee rapping lyric for lyric.Backed by DJ Green Lantern and a live band, Nascontinued his performancemixing in other well known classics including "If I Ruled The World," "Hate Me Now," and a remixed version of "One Mic" accompanied by a sample of Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight." The event kicked off the annual ESSENCE Music Festival celebration consisting of three days of performances from more than 80 artists and 150 guest speakers. </p> <p data-mce-style="color: #000000;" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"></p> <p data-mce-style="color: #000000;" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.qrr838kwtic8d1nkaesjd4hldi0uvt9nn8wd67ujjlk.jpg?1404759301" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p data-mce-style="color: #000000;" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.nola.com/essencefest/index.ssf/2014/07/2014_essence_festival_eased_in.html">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:40:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/217293#IllmaticXX: Nas Performs with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.flzkzhqwe0rftepk2h3adw82groxrw66nv99s40sro0.jpeg?1403641312" /></p> <p></p> <p>Last night, Dave Chappelle closed out his series of shows at New York Citys Radio City Music Hall with Nas joining him for the final night to perform the classic <em>Illmatic</em>. Following Chappelles performance, Nas took to the stage to thank the comedienne for allowing him be a part of history before beginning his performance. Dressed in red blazer and wearing gold chains, Nas began his performance of <em>Illmatic</em> in its entirety.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.6jslcqmeeofd6uki2zvadnqd5t-9x_sumfrb7v8xxso.jpeg?1403641349" style="width: 575px; height: 574px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Following the performance of the classic album, Nas praised the orchestra as they exited the stage before jumping into a set of some of his most popular hits from his catalogue including If I Ruled the World, Made U Look, and Hate Me Now. The performance came to a close when DJ Green Lantern dropped "One Mic" and Nas performed the track with Chappelle joining him on stage to celebrate the evening with champagne.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.l9kxofnpzqmhuck5i8_za6obssiaxsv0sxobb-vl1lg.jpeg?1403641532" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-performs-at-dave-chappelles-radio-city-music-hall-set/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:08:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/216273Tonight Watch Nas on BET's THE MESSAGE<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OO_qV2DZYPU" width="560"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>This evening, BET will premier the second installment of their four-part docu-series, THE MESSAGE. The documentary, which premiered last week, takes a look into the history and development of hip hop culture from its inception in the streets of the South Bronx. Covering more than 40 years of history, the series features intimate and exclusive interviews from some of hip hops most influential contributors including Russell Simmons, Nas, Ice Cube, Fab Five Freddy, Clive Davis, and more. The first episode chronicled the birth of hip hop in New York and its independent spread across America to California without the support or endorsement from mainstream media through block parties and the popularity of DJ Kool Hercs sound system and the infectious rhymes of the Universal Zulu Nation and Grandmaster Flash.</p> <p>Other contributors to the series include Birdman, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, MC Lyte, Master P, LL Cool J, Big Boi, Bun B, 2 Chainz, Eve, Angie Martinez, Funkmaster Flex, Luther Campbell, Clive Davis, Mona Scott-Young, Questlove, A$AP Rocky, E-40, David Banner, Nelson George, Big Tigger and Sway. The documentary will also feature the final on-air interview from the late Chris Lighty, who was recognized as a strong force in driving the culture along. </p> <p>Episode Two of THE MESSAGE will premier tonight at 10pm EST. </p> <p><a href="http://www.bet.com/themessage">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:56:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/214193On Sale Now: Dave Chappelle & Nas at Radio City Music Hall<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.-st8g-hm5qp1oahaf4fkbn4vuk4dbqzrvwl5d9rvj5e.jpg?1402507159" style="width: 575px; height: 888px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>As announced on David Letterman last night, hip-hop icon Nas and Chappelle will come together for a ninth and final show at Radio City Music Hall. Nas, accompanied by a full orchestra will perform music for his landmark album <em>Illmatic</em>. Nas recently released <em>Illmatic XX</em> via SONY Legacy. The collection celebrates the anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em>, the album that made him an icon. In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatica feature length documentary that examines the albumopened this years Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide in October. </p> <p>Five consecutive comedy shows and four music and comedy shows make up the Radio City Music Hall run for Dave Chappelle starting June 18 through June 26. As Chappelle approaches the 10th anniversary of his concert movie <em>Block Party</em>, filmed in 2004, in Brooklyn, this run of shows at Radio City are Chappelles first announced NYC engagement in over 10 years. </p> <p>Reserved tickets from $79.50 on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice. </p> <p><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004CB7EECEA24D">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:49:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/214173Making History: Nas Performs Illmatic in South Africa at the Extra Cold Music Festival <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ddr7w5m3xy5wjqvy6_cc_rk010f9ehsd45noivuinr8.png?1402348212" style="width: 512px; height: 331px;" /></p> <p>This past weekend, Nas continued his celebration of the 20th anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em> with an international performance at Castle Lites Extra Cold Music Festival in South Africa. The Timbaland produced concert took place at the SuperSport Park in Centurion where some of hip hops biggest names from the United States and South Africa came together for a unique music experience. Thousands gathered in the large stadium and battled the cold weather for the opportunity to watch the legendary rapper perform his debut album. Dressed in a military jacket and a black leather bomber to stay warm, and backed by a six piece Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra from the U.S. and South Africas own Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Nas opened his high energy performance with the classic "N.Y. State of Mind."</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.oi3jtriwcx3ssalrkkn0ml2xonh1m0yquzyfwo05aja.png?1402348515" style="width: 517px; height: 385px;" /></p> <p>Continuing his performance of <em>Illmatic</em> in its entirety, Nas kept the crowd hyped with other classics from his legendary catalogue before paying tribute to the late South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer Brenda Fassie. Andrea Quaye, Castle Lites general manager spoke of the evening stating Nas is one of the few artists who stays current 20 years on and its for this reason and the fact that he very innovatively collaborated not only with his own Illmatic orchestra but also our very own Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra that allowed him to make history last night.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.jju5_ml9ou_tlbwsoy6t6kzhbwtwhiizaesqtvg2n2m.png?1402348878" style="width: 514px; height: 484px;" /></p> <p>Other artists who performed at the concert included rapper Wiz Kahlifa, Grammy winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Spoek Mathambo, Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Clock with Beatenberg, and Reason. </p> <p><a href="http://www.thenewage.co.za/127784-1022-53-Extra_Cold_music_concert_gets_fans_fired_up">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:59:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/213933Mountain Dew's "Green Label Sound" Profile Nas' Illmatic: 20 Years Later<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.sppr2wb_c6iwoeak1mtryl8l9gupq1x2airs94aqhiw.jpg?1401993604" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Twenty years after its release, Nas <em>Illmatic</em> is still hailed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, widely respected and essential in every hip hop conversation, debate, and discussion, the album is considered a classic. Nas poetic flow and street conscious content has been instrumental in transcending hip hop culture into pop culture with its ability to connect to a diverse group of listeners. Although, the album was not immediately deemed a commercial success, time would prove its true significance. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the definitive masterpiece and has been deemed the "Year of Illmatic." In celebration of the albums anniversary, Mountain Dews "Green Label Sound" and Hip Hop DX take an in-depth look at the albums inception and the key elements that would go on to shape Nass immense legacy. </p> <p><a href="http://green-label.com/sound/illmatic-20-years-later/s/illmatic-20-years-later/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:38:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/213533Game Changer: Watch Nas Discuss Illmatic Impact with Charlie Rose<p><object data="http://www.bloomberg.com/video/embed/vbSACy3BT76gD~xJekJVIw?height=395&width=640" height="430" style="overflow:hidden;" width="640"></object></p> <p>Last week, Nas joined Charlie Rose for PBS tribute to Maya Angelou where the Queens native also took the time to discuss his influences and impact on the game, hip hop culture, and more. During the interview, Nas discussed the current state of Hip Hop in comparison to when his career first began over two decades ago. "Today its a lot easier to get into the rap game but, back then in 94, it was a lot harder," Nas says when describing his journey to success which began with his first feature on Main Sources "Live At The Bbq," followed by the release of his classic debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, released 20 years ago. Discussing the impact that <em>Illmatic</em> had in hip hop, Rose asks the emcee if he felt that his presence changed hip hop to which he replied, "Yes. Yes I did and it was my point to. I was a new voice and being a new voice, automatically it was beyond my control." Speaking on his influences coming up Nas states, "Ive influenced a few artists for sure and Ive been influenced by a lot of artists as well... Slick Rick, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra. Its a wide list." </p> <p>Watch as the two go on to discuss the 20th anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em>, the international release of the new documentary film "Time Is Illmatic," (which premiered at the famous Tribeca Film Festival this past April), and more in detail. </p> <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/video/-illmatic-charlie-rose-06-02-vbSACy3BT76gD~xJekJVIw.html">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:51:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/213093Just Announced: Nas to Perform Live at Chicago's HOB for the Lollapolooza Aftershow<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.nwx4-mxsjhjdisjlzgdpavsawjjsr1pfr5hqpatfpty.png?1401820262" style="width: 450px; height: 497px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Today, Lollapallooza, one of the biggest music festivals in the United States, announced the official lineup for the Lollapallooza Aftershows. The Lollapalooza Aftershows will feature over 40 musical acts playing throughout Chicagos most popular venues, both before and after the actual festival. The Aftershows will feature artist who played this years 2014 festival as well as artists alumni from previous Lollapalooza festivals, giving fans an additional opportunity to see their favorite artist perform live this summer. Among the shows announced, Nas who will also perform at the festival Saturday evening as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for his debut album, Illmatic,will take the stage of Chicagos House of Blues on Sunday, August 3rd.</p> <p>Tickets for the event are schedule to go on sale this Friday, June 6th.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lollapalooza.com/2014/official-2014-lolla-aftershows/">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:05:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/212983Watch Nas' HOT 97 Summer Jam Performance<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dKzsM6AzXmo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>Queens reigned supreme yesterday at HOT 97s 2014 Summer Jam when Nas took the stage performing some of his biggest records and surprising the audience with multiple special guests. Held at the Mets Citifield in Rutherford, NJ, the annual music concert brought out some of Hip Hop and RnBs biggest names including 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and more. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas, dressed in all black and a special edition <em>12AM RUN</em> cap, hit the stage to perform classic cuts from the debut album including hits N. Y. State of Mind, s A B***h, "The World Is Yours," and Reminiscing on his journey of success, Nas humbly thanked the fans and praised the late Michael Jackson for allowing his voice to be heard over the famous track "It Aint Hard To Tell" (sampled from Jacksons "Human Nature"). </p> <p>Continuing his performance, Nas gave a queue to his deejay, DJ Green Lantern, to stop the music before surprising the crowd with a special appearance and salute to rappers Meek Mill and French Montana. The two quickly jumped into performances of their songs of "I Dont Know (Sucidal)," "They Dont Love You No More," "Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)," and more before praising Nas as one of the greatest of all time. Nas returned to take center stage to continue his performance, diving into 1999s "Hate Me Now" before inviting 50 Cent to the stage to begin his set. </p> <p><a href="http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/hot-97-summer-jam-2014-performances-video/">More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:48:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/212763Nas Partners With Education Innovator Koru To Assist College Grads<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.pj-s8seli_cfdhesbzix3d8iplotwo4jofucdrlgcwg.png?1401302608" style="width: 575px; height: 617px;" /></p> <p>Koru, a company focused on transforming the college-to-career landscape, today announced a partnership with Nas, the legendary rapper, songwriter and actor, to bring Nas expertise in real world training and business to college graduates in the Koru program. The Nas Scholarship Fund will sponsor students who are carefully selected by the celebrated musician to receive financial aid. As part of the partnership, Nas and his investment company, Queensbridge Venture Partners, also made a significant investment in Koru. </p> <p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 50 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, nearly half of U.S. employers report difficulty finding qualified recent graduates. Koru is a company that is transforming the often-difficult college-to-career transition with an immersive, experiential learning program. Nas has committed to a role as an engaged and involved partner with Koru to help teach, guide and mentor select college graduates as they enter the workforce. </p> <p>m intrigued by the Koru program because they focus on the true value of grit and what it really takes to be successful in business today, said Nas. m excited to assist students with financial support and I plan to take that one step further by teaching grads what Ive learned in my own experience. </p> <p>Koru runs employer-embedded programs with world-class companies that are actively hiring. College students can apply for the Koru program and an opportunity to receive a Nas Scholarship at<a href="http://www.joinkoru.com">www.joinkoru.com</a>.The program is designed to make recent college graduates workplace-ready and place them inside some of the most exciting, high-growth companies in the US. The deadline for the July program is June 9th and the deadline for the September programs in Seattle and San Francisco is June 30th. </p> <p>re thrilled to work with Nas and are amazed by his commitment to Korus mission of providing a bridge between recent graduates and world-class companies, said Kristen Hamilton, cofounder and CEO of Koru. The level of expertise and knowledge that Nas brings to our team is exceptional and a unique opportunity for the students in our program.</p> <p></p> <p>For more information on Koru, please visit <a href="http://www.joinkoru.com">www.joinkoru.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 28 May 2014 11:40:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/212413Nas' Music Documentary "Time Is Illmatic" Goes Global at Cannes<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zrciaxzcb2h7jnasez2alum7kosjh3ofnjrmugd6x5q.jpg?1400613881" style="width: 575px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>After a successful run at this years Tribeca Film Festival and the acquisition of the North american rights to the film being purchased recently, Nas "Time Is Illmatic" is now set to premier globally. The documentary, written by Erik Parker and directed by One9, chronicles the creation of the 1994 debut album by Nas. The film has been a widely recognized and well received at the Cannes film market, closing deals in Australia, most regions of Europe, and Japan with assistance from David Koh, Dan Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment. In total, Submarine Entertainment has announced deals at Cannes for Australia/New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), the U.K. (Dogwoof), Germany (NFP films), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Parco) and Scandinavia (NonStop Entertainment).</p> <p>Although further details about the films international release have not been released, North American viewers can expect the films release this October in theaters as well as on Video On Demand. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-nas-music-documentary-sells-705882?mobile_redirect=false">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 20 May 2014 11:13:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/211613Coming Soon: Nas’ "Time is Illmatic" Is Coming To Theaters<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.dcvinshnv6slkff4tk_9u8vhqyjwlnuqsbma66hl0bg.jpg?1400179694" style="width: 575px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Tribeca Film has recently announced the acquisition of the North American rights to "Time Is Illmatic," the documentary by Director One9 and Screenwriter Erik Parker which recounts the creation of Nas 1994 debut album, <em>Illmatic.</em> The film opened this past April at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and praise for its authenticity and deep look into the culture surrounding the iconic rapper and album. Now, after sold out dates during the Tribeca Film Festival, fans and moviegoers will have the opportunity to experience the film in theaters across the United States. Speaking on the new announcement, Nas showed gratitude to those who made the release possible stating, "I want to thank Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & the Tribeca Film family for all of the love & support theyve given Time Is Illmatic. It is an honor to be in partnership with them. I feel there is a cultural kinship bonded by the city of New York."</p> <p>The film is expected to be released in theaters this fall during Nas "Year of Illmatic," a year long celebration horning the landmark album with special performances, exclusive interviews, and more. </p> <p><a href="http://tribecafilm.com/press-center/press-releases/tribeca-film-acquires-north-american-rights-to-time-is-illmatic">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 15 May 2014 11:46:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/210963Time Flies: Nas Looks Back on the Making of Illmatic with Red Bull<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/05/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.scwm44sznbxvsoeenetarwl637o1vxdvlvc6t6sb2go.jpg?1399571722" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Continuing the celebration for <em>Illmatics</em> 20th anniversary, Nas discusses the making and the release of the classic album with<strong> Red Bull</strong>s Florian Obkircher. The album, a testimony of times from the perspective of a teenage emcee, would go on to be hailed as one of the most influential pieces of work that hip hop has ever seen, while connecting with the masses. Nas was asked if he knew he was creating a masterpiece to which he replied, "Definitely, it was my intention to make this album a game changer. If we werent talking about it today it would have been just a fail. I definitely knew that this was special. I was excited and really happy because I knew I was coming to change things, for sure." Nas continues the conversation discussing the elements of historical value that he purposely included on the album, if he still listens to the album, and rumors of a sequel.</p> <p>In celebration of the albums anniversary, Nas has issued a re-release of the album, <em>Illmatic XX,</em> complete with new remixes and previously un-released freestyles. </p> <p><a href="http://www.redbull.com/en/music/stories/1331648658812/red-bulletin-interview-with-nas">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 08 May 2014 10:53:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/210293NPR Discusses Nas' Debut Album in "Illmatic": The Making Of A Classic<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.982dlmsna40kfmcqurdtfqez_5lhs7mbalkdpnnfb-u.jpg?1399401149" style="width: 575px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>As the 20th anniversary for Nas<em> Illmatic</em> continues, the album has proven to stand the test of time and continues to remain culturally, politically, and socially relevant. Celebrated by many as the holy grail of hip hop, <em>Illmatic </em>was born out of a time where hip hop music was in a transition of turmoil for many fans who were upset with the commercial material that was taking over the airwaves. It was at this critical moment that a teenage emcee would reclaim hip hop with the release of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Nas, who was only 17 years old during the recording of the album, painted vivid depictions of personal struggle and real life situations that resonated with the masses, making him a household name and Illmatic a timeless classic. "<em>Illmatic</em> remains the pinnacle of Nas career. The stories within it the disappearance of the middle class, the climbing number of black men in prison could have been written today." NPRs Frannie Kelley takes a look at the making of Nas classic album, <em>Illmatic</em> with exclusive interviews from Faith Newman, Minyah Oh, and Nasir Jones, himself. </p> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2014/05/01/307724568/illmatic-the-making-of-a-classic?ft=1&f=1039">Listen Now</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 06 May 2014 11:28:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/210073Castle Lite Presents Nas, Timbaland & Wiz Khalifa In Concert<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.lhch0dlgzn8gmzdj3ztxre6nyniaiuzvjzedqddkzvu.png?1399403420" style="width: 575px; height: 275px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Castle Lite has officially announced the line up for their Extra Cold Music Concert, taking place June 7th at the Supersport Park in Centurion, South Africa. The South African concert aims to present to fans a unique platform where local and international artists have the opportunity to showcase their talent. Nas, who is still celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album <em>Illmatic</em> will perform the classic album it its entirety. The concert is being produced by Grammy award-winning artist Timbaland featuring Nas and Wiz Khalifa as headliners and some of South Africas most popular local talent, including Mi Casa, Beatenberg, Zakes Bantwini, Spoek Mathambo and Reason. Tickets for the concert are on sale now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.castlelite.co.za/event/extra-cold-musicbr-concert-producedbr-by-timbaland">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 05 May 2014 12:09:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/21009320 Years Later: The Best of Nas' "Illmatic" with Miss Info<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ahd8nf5hb0yczw6qpeifbtgjuyjd_9weujcuil7laj0.jpg?1399055465" style="width: 575px; height: 371px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>The year was 1994 and the rap scene was in the middle of a full transformation when Nas debut album,<em> Illmatic</em>, came across the desk of The Source Magazines intern, Minya Oh. The young intern, better known these days as Miss Info, was assigned to review the album and immediately after hearing it, crowned the album with the prestigious honor of <em>5 Mics. </em>Speaking of the iconic album, Miss Info states "Illmatic represents the best that hip-hop can be, alongside one of the best judgments I ever had the honor to make, and all the special memories of a wide-eyed, un-jaded time in New York City life." Twenty years later, in celebration of the albums anniversary and re-lease, <em>Illmatic XX</em>, Complex Magazine and Miss Info take a trip back down memory lane to share some of her most memorable moments from <em>Illmatic</em>. </p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/the-best-of-nas-illmatic/?utm_campaign=complexmag%2Bsocialflow%2B03%2B2014&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 02 May 2014 11:08:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209773Nas to Play The Squamish Valley Music Festival in Canada<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.66mjjwolavc8thcwxj5cmm3dbyo38-nmutpyzvkhkvc.jpg?1399044656" style="width: 575px; height: 767px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>The Squamish Valley Music Festival returns this year with more than 60 performers set to play three day event. Today, Live Nation Canada has announced the full lineup for the festival with new additions Nas, The Temper Trap, Chvrches, Phantogram, Tune-yards, James Vincent McMorrow, Magic!, Wildlife, and Reuben And The Dark, all adding to the already diverse lineup. Erik Hoffman, Vice-President of Talent for Live Nation Canada, said "the latest additions to the lineup are a snapshot of the festival itself, with artists spanning genres and countries." Nas, who is currently celebrating the 20 year anniversary of his debut album <em>Illmatic</em>, is set to perform the entire album at the festival. Other art its scheduled to perform include Eminem, The Roots, Bruno Mars, and more. The festival takes place from August 8 - 10 at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish.</p> <p>Tickets for the festival are on sale now. </p> <p><a href="http://squamishfestival.com">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 02 May 2014 08:30:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209693Nas to Headline Essence Festival Kickoff<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.msfwfz9ke5ymtgplwn3q99krmuvftsncwv0-izkbzuk.jpg?1398970017" style="width: 448px; height: 448px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Announced today, the 2014 ESSENCE Music Festival will kick off its 20th anniversary with a special performance from Nas, who has been selected to kick off the Essence Festival weekend as the main headliners for their "Now Playing" Thursday Night Concert. "ESSENCE is excited to welcome hip-hop legend and musical prodigy Nas to kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration, especially as he commemorates his own impressive 20 year milestone," said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. Like Nas <em>Illmatic</em>, the festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Speaking of the 20th anniversary Ebanks states, "ESSENCE Festival promises 20 stages of programming to honor our 20th anniversary with more than 70 artists performing across our music stages." The annual festival takes place in New Orleans and provides a weekend of non-stop entertainment. Other artists announced to take the stage during the festival include Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, K. Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan, and Prince who is scheduled to take the main stage on July 4th.</p> <p>Tickets for the festival are on sale now. </p> <p><a href="http://www.essence.com/2014/04/30/nas-headline-essence-festivals-nowplaying-thursday-night-concert">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 01 May 2014 11:39:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209613Time Magazine: "Nas’ Illmatic Stands the Test of Time for 20th-Anniversary Reissue"<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.kv2kxnv3rezaqptdet8aqqwz7t0abtodhtcnyi_ys4c.jpg?1398876867" style="width: 470px; height: 470px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Twenty years after its release, <em>Illmatic</em> continues to receive praise as a hip hop testament of time. Appealing to listeners who share similar struggles as Nas did growing up in the projects, the album is an honest depiction of inner city life and one kids determination to succeed. Speaking for those who have no voice, <em>Illmatic</em> addressed a number of economic, racial, social and political issues that are still relevant in todays society. <strong>Time Magazines</strong> Brian Josephs writes "Millennials will never be able to 100 percent relate to Nas struggle, but the concept of The Struggle is a very human one that echoes from the Westchester suburbs and Brooklyns Flatbush corners. Thats what Nas eloquently and fluidly speaks to throughout <em>Illmatic</em> a masterpiece that balances self-determinism with the harsh reality of simply staying alive to see a tomorrow whose worth is repeatedly in question."</p> <p>The in-depth article breaks down the classic album and the true significance of its re-release. </p> <p><a href="http://http://time.com/74539/review-nas-illmatic-20th-anniversary/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:17:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209443Just Announced: Nas to Perform at Preakness InfieldFEST 2014 <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.szy7bd5534af2mwqf7yh3ieymixyvxg9oblo9hald1c.jpg?1398800596" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Today, the Maryland Jockey Club announced the full lineup for this years <strong>InfieldFest at Preakness</strong>with Nas joining Lorde and EDM DJs Frank Walker and Glenn Morrison on the main stage. The festival offers a diverse music selection for fans of every genre, featuring a blend of Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, and more. In a press release issued today, Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas states" Nas credibility and appeal as a superstar artist speaks to a broad range of devoted and loyal fans. As he marks the 20th anniversary of<em> Illmatic</em>, one of hip-hops greatest albums, Nas continues to captivate audiences with his unique and personal style. We are thrilled to welcome him to InfieldFest. The annual festival will take place on Saturday, May 17th at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. Tickets for the event are on sale now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.preakness.com/infield/infieldfest">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209403IllmaticXX: Read 10 Short Stories Inspired by Nas’ ‘Illmatic’<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.qfuuux4qmxcd0qw4hyfqar30jcgqawwxwughxslvd3u.jpg?1398795719" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Twenty years after its release, Nas debut album <em>Illmatic</em> continues to inspire the masses for its ability to connect with listeners and paint vivid tales of struggle, triumph, and real life experiences of a kid from New Yorks Queensbridge housing projects. The album, which debuted April 19, 1994, has continued to sustain its relevancy and remains classified as one of the greatest albums in hip hop over the past twenty years. Standing the test of time, the album has become widely known throughout hip hop and American culture for fans of every generation. Paying homage to the albums 20th anniversary, <strong>Myspace</strong> came together with ten writers to paint their versions of the album, track by track, each delivering a short reinterpretation of the time period that was <em>Illmatic</em>. </p> <p><a href="https://myspace.com/discover/trending/2014/04/11/10-short-stories-inspired-by-nas-illmatic/">Read 10 Short Stories Inspired by Nas </a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:20:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209393It'a a Celebration: Nas Celebrates 12AM RUN and IllmaticXX at 1 OAK in Las Vegas<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ie33qhvkvbo4xbhc_ez7wz2pkg13vhhs0yfasggckoc.jpg?1398788369" style="width: 575px; height: 863px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Nas has got a lot to celebrate these days, this month the hip hop legend celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, the premier of a new documentary, "Time is Illmatic," at The Tribeca Film Festival and most recently, the opening of his new sneaker boutique, <em>12AM RUN</em>, on the famous Las Vegas Strip over the weekend. Following the opening of Nas took the celebration to The Mirages<strong> 1 OAK</strong> where the hip-hop legend gave an unforgettable performance to celebrate his new venture as well as the 20th anniversary of his classic album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Nas arrived on the red carpet for phtos dressed in a special edition black and gold <em>12AM RUN</em> t-shirt complimented with dark denim, before proceeding inside the packed venue.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.v2req-kj0u6gs13sngg0ysgzojr4l_8brajef59ri9m.jpg?1398788447" /></p> <p></p> <p>Taking the stage shortly before 1:00 am, the legendary emcee opened his performance with classic joints from his career including 1999s "Hate Me Now" and 2002s "Made You Look," before going into classic tracks from his debut album,<em> Illmatic</em>. Amongst the celebrities in attendance were Boys II Men singer Shawn Stockman and West Coast hip hop legend, Too Short, who were both invited on stage to perform some of their biggest records.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.vuschj4keic8o5i3kp8t3s1tvd7ffcuroulrbxhup8.jpg?1398788651" style="width: 575px; height: 863px;" /></p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.vy5p6tk-4xcejpwv-cfatjykmw9dgfij1nisf5jjqpy.jpg?1398788800" style="width: 575px; height: 614px;" /></p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://hauteliving.com/2014/04/haute-event-nas-celebrates-20th-anniversary-illmatic-1-oak/478613/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:01:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209343Watch Nas Talk "Time is Illmatic" on NOW with Alex Wagner<p><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_wag_3nas_140424_224295" width="635"></iframe></p> <p>Nas makes a guest appearance on MSNBCs<em> NOW with Alex Wagner</em> discussing "Time is Illmatic," a new documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival based upon the creation of his debut album "Illmatic." The lyricist discussed the 20th anniversary of the timeless album that would vividly tell the story of a young teenager from New Yorks inner city. Making his second appearance on the show, Nas discusses Hip Hop culture and its development over time into American culture, elaborating on what inspired his debut release. The two continue the conversation discussing hip hop in the nineties, the bridging of styles between the west and east coast, and the social and racial issues that still plague our country twenty years after later.</p> <p><a href="http://Nas makes a guest appearance on MSNBC's NOW with Alex Wagner discussing "Time is Illmatic," a new documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival based upon the creation of his debut album "Illmatic." The lyricist discussed the 20th anniversary of the timeless album that would vividly tell the story of a young teenager from New York's inner city. Making his second appearance on the show, Nas discusses Hip Hop culture and it's development over time into American culture, elaborating on what inspired his debut release. The two continue the conversation discussing hip hop in the nineties, the bridging of styles between the west and east coast, and the social issues that still plague our country twenty years after later/ More">More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:35:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209273Nas Celebrates Grand Opening of 12AM RUN<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wdbdqz89ex7p6t3yrmf77tcafg6rjnini9iuefq8nd4.jpg?1398705680" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Located along the world famous Las Vegas Strip, <em><strong>12AM RUN</strong></em> is among the newest retail shops located at the newly opened shopping promenade, <em>The Linq</em>, which features the 550 foot tall ferris wheel attraction, "The High Roller."</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.grcwy4x6jqbbiz1tezijniywmf0mfwyvt04kj9bm0z4.jpg?1398709300" style="width: 575px; height: 482px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>The stores launching brought out tons of fans, celebrities, shoppers, and sneaker heads looking to get their hands on fresh merchandise including <em><strong>12AM RUNnew collaboration with popular brand, <em>The Hundreds,</em> appropriately titled <em>High Rollers</em>,s <em>Air Foamposite Pro Yeezy,</em>Kevin Durants <em>Aunt Pearl Collection</em> and other newly re-stocked sneakers and basketball favorites.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.13mo3dn1wv6whyffgbmgh2yyr2oyuyxen9eowgnzoq8.jpg?1398709488" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.est-ee4eobwqxqveme05w7ogxu3z2wehj_gkszmcmq8.jpg?1398705880" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:10:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/209213Still Charged: Nas Discusses 20 Years of Illmatic on NPR<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.55h9bmwwzy8qbtnakhvgmjd13ctdhtq0nc6joks4qq.jpg?1399403056" style="width: 575px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Two decades after the release of Nas <em>Illmatic</em>, the legendary artist sits down with NPRs Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of <em>A Tribe Called Quest</em> to reflect on the history of hip hop, his experience since the albums debut, whats in store for him next, and more. While speaking with NPR, Nas revealed that hes been working on his new album for over a year and that the new documentary based on the album, "Time Is Illmatic," served as a source of motivation and inspiration for the lyricist to finish up his upcoming album. Nas stated, I wasnt really, really, really inspired, to tell you the truth, until we started to, kind of, embark on this twentieth anniversary, Nas says. It wasnt til then that I really started to feel it. Cause I got a chance and I gotta give credit to the documentary guys [who made Time is Illmatic]. Them showing me the footage and stuff really like it really lets you know where you come from and everything, and where you at now. I salute them dudes, man One9, Erik Parker, the whole crew over there thats put that film together because thats helped me find the inspiration. I found it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/MicrophoneCheck/2014/04/23/305629896/nas-im-still-charged-20-years-after-illmatic">Listen to the Interview</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:01:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/210083Watch Nas Tonight on Tavis Smiley<p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wa9hkdg_laaqcl6-d-oey8nithratn6bo7hmwmqespy.jpg?1398305720" /></p> <p></p> <p>Watch Nas discuss <em>Illmatic</em> tonight at 11pm PST with <em>Tavis Smiley </em>on PBS. Nas reflects onhis debut album and the twenty years that have passed since the albums 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 <em>The Nasir Jones Fellowship </em>at Harvard University, and his many other successes in business and beyond.</p> <p>Tavis Smiley appears through PBS Broadcasting and is available on through television and online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/nas/">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:07:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208763Nas to Play Boston Calling Festival This September<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.yusds-9jk2vvpvb1nuunkrg7ag8ptq3keka6gath1j0.jpg?1398275246" style="width: 575px; height: 767px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>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 its 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://fall.bostoncalling.com">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:45:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208733Did You Know? 5 Lesser-Known Facts From The Creation Of Nas' "Illmatic"<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.a-facnxjdzx2jwelg5i1q0a8cilha2lrmey7ezcj2p0.jpg?1398182607" style="width: 575px; height: 371px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Twenty years after its release, Nas classic album, <em>Illmatic,</em> 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."</p> <p>Hip Hop DX dives deep into those topics as they reveal some of the lesser-known details from the creators of Nas landmark album <em>"Illmatic."</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2352/title.memory-lane-5-lesser-known-stories-from-the-creation-of-nas-illmatic-">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208533Nas Offers Tech Scholarships to Minorities with Google and Microsoft<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ct_xi7hta7gpbdosjongg1q23naoht0uqgg0wqjef1e.jpg?1398120778" style="width: 575px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>On Thursday, General Assembly, a New York City-based tech educator, announced the launch of the Opportunity Fund, a new initiative from <strong>Google,</strong> <strong>Microsoft,</strong> 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 <strong>QueensBridge Venture Partners</strong> stated Education, careers and opportunities in technology should not be limited to any one demographic, and Im 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 <em>All Star Code, Black Girls Code, CodeNow, Coderdojo and ScriptEd</em>.</p> <p>Applications for the scholarship are being accepted through May 7th. </p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-teams-with-google-and-microsoft-in-search-for-tech-diversity/">More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:42:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208483Nas Celebrates Illmatic's 20th Anniversary at Coachella with Damian Marley & Ms. Lauryn Hill<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mwmrm_l9mgk2go1qwgeesgln6coxd58ok6h2rehxqr0.jpg?1398103955" style="width: 575px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Twenty years to the day of its release, Nas took to Coachellas main stage for a once-in-a lifetime performance of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Last weekend, Nas shocked the audience bringing out two of hip hops 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 2010s <em>Distant Relatives</em> 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 havent shared the stage together since 2012s <em>Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour.</em></p> <p>Overall, Nas brought the house down, closing out Saturday nights festivities with bang, telling the audience Happy anniversary to all of us.</p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-brings-out-damian-marley-lauryn-hill-at-coachella/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:07:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208443Watch Complex's Feature "When Nas Met Faith," Parts 1-5<p><script height="349px" width="620px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=c1MHd5bDrHV-_eOoxgLV-Z7U_C0WWPWw&pbid=556f8260656c47a4ab49bf6f2dde85f3"></script></p> <p></p> <p>Complex Magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas <em>Illmati</em>c with a special conversation between Nas and his former A&R Faith Newman. In a the first of a five part series, the two discuss their history together beginning with their first meeting. Newman shares her point of view on why she thought the teenage emcee was so special and how she fought for proper treatment and care for him as an artist with the label. Nas explains how he witnessed the transition from Columbia Records to Sony Music Group and was in essence apart of beginning their first venture into Hip Hop. The two discuss conflict with the label and their apprehensive attitude with his place with there, his personal selection and desire to choose the best producers for the album, and more. Nas and Newman continue to reveal details about the signing process, the early stages of his career, the details behind the track "Genesis," and the beginning of Nas debut album, <em>Illmatic.</em></p> <p>Part Two - The Label Wanted to Drop Me</p> <p></p> <p><script height="290px" width="518px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=27d37151bd224f639655a1ebb847455c&ec=93Zmg0bTpc7BQITeB2pEO2X1XzfJl9gu"></script></p> <p></p> <p>Part Three - The Producers</p> <p></p> <p><script height="290px" width="518px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=4zMXg1bToqr7fKAamZGTcM3kYiljq1bs&pbid=27d37151bd224f639655a1ebb847455c"></script></p> <p></p> <p>Part Four - Dont Boo That Jacket!</p> <p></p> <p><script height="290px" width="518px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=27d37151bd224f639655a1ebb847455c&ec=JkczY3bTq0gXeZv0MocttcZrEydy_OEf"></script></p> <p></p> <p>Part Five - The Genesis</p> <p></p> <p><script height="290px" width="518px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=27d37151bd224f639655a1ebb847455c&ec=ViNmg4bTpx-zd0or9Ba6xugEa6jExwHN"></script></p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/nas-interview-faith-newman-illmatic-memory-lane-part-one">More from Complex</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:56:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208233Rap Genius & Nas Breakdown "Illmatic" in it's Entirety <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.aurs_hakrzu0y-bvtbpf6kep_-i-vneohjy3yx4wids.jpg?1397836525" style="width: 575px; height: 579px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Its been almost twenty years since the release of Nas debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, the album that quickly transformed a teenage emcee from the Queensbridge projects to a household name. Hailed as a hip hop classic and timeless reference to New Yorks inner-city life, the album has stood the test of time with the meaning of its content sparking debates for the last two decades. Celebrating the albums greatness and twentieth anniversary, Rap Genius and Nas have come together to break down the entire album, word for word. Check out the verified annotations from Nas himself and get the re-masterd re-release of the classic album, <em>Illmatic XX</em>, available now. </p> <p><a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas">More from Nas and Rap Genius</a></p> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_89">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-ny-state-of-mind-lyrics">N.Y. State of Mind by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/89/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_231">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-lifes-a-bitch-lyrics">s a Bitch by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/231/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_109">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-the-world-is-yours-lyrics">The World Is Yours by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/109/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_108">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-halftime-lyrics"> by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/108/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_730">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-memory-lane-sittin-in-da-park-lyrics">Memory Lane (Sittin in Da Park) by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/730/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_454">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-one-love-lyrics">One Love by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/454/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_731">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-one-time-4-your-mind-lyrics">One Time 4 Your Mind by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/731/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_704">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-represent-lyrics"> by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/704/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script> <div class="rg_embed_link" id="rg_embed_link_729">Read <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-it-aint-hard-to-tell-lyrics">It Aint Hard to Tell by Nas</a> on Rap Genius</div> <script src='//rapgenius.com/songs/729/embed.js?dark=1&u=47098'></script><p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:44:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208213Back Down Memory Lane with VIBE and Nas' Brother Jungle<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3jylGLeTyKM" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>In the second Edition of VIBE Magazines video tour with Nas brother Jungle, the two take viewers on a tour on the famous Queensbridge housing project that Nas and his brother grew up in during the time of Illmatic. After taking viewers back into the apartment where the young emcee grew up, VIBE and Jungle continue their tour of Queens, making stops in their neighborhood to significant places mentioned throughout <em>Illmatic</em>. Jungle revisits the tragic scene of where Nas childhood best friend, known asIll Will, was murdered while re-telling the events of the fateful evening. The events of that evening would further motivate Nas to make it out of the hood and reach the levels of success that he has over the last two decades. They further the tour with a visit to the exact scenes where the video for "A Queens Story" was shot as well as the cover for his debut album, giving viewers a real life look at the albums famous artwork.</p> <p>Take a look at this exclusive tour and get insight on the makings and the legacy of one of Queensbridges most famous emcees.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/article/video-nas-brother-jungle-takes-vibe-back-queensbridge-projects">More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208123Fuse TV Presents: 'Illmatic' at 20: Nas Reflects on His Landmark Debut<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JuesxECUKOw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>In a three part series, <strong>Fuse TV</strong>, with help from Nas himself, chronicle the creation and the significance of his debut album <em>Illmatic</em> which celebrates its 20 year anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. Beginning with Nas first feature on Main Sources "Live at the Barbeque" the world was awaken by the talent of a teenage emcee with a mastery skill level from Queens. Nas reflects on the real life times of the era including his personal life, the albums production process, and the way the release shaped his career while solidifying his place in hip hop. Speaking on the importance of the album Nas states "<em>Illmatic talked about every element of young life in the streets. And you can relate to that in Compton, you can relate to that in Chicago, you can relate to that in Oakland. It was me being that guy the hustler, the young man who has a dream to get out this neighborhood.</em>"</p> <p>The three part series also features appearances from Nas brother Jungle, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Irv Gotti, Kevin Liles, and more. Watch the in-depth special presentation on Fuse TV tonight as it concludes at 7:30pm EST.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fuse.tv/2014/04/nas-illmatic-anniversary-special-1?campaign=scl%7Cotr%7Ctl">More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:56:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208063Nas' "Time Is Illmatic" Premiers at Tribeca Followed by a Special Performance of "Illmatic" <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.isznovxsnibgddjsvhz3jebsnqobibmq2kjburz0pf8.jpg?1397757751" style="width: 575px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Last night, The Tribeca Film Festival opened at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City , premiering the new documentary "Time is Illmatic". The film from Director One9 and writer Erik Parker, focuses on Nass youth in Queensbridge, the housing project across the East River from Manhattan, where he dropped out of school in junior high and his best friend was shot to death after a night at the movies, all contributing to the landmark album that kicked off his career and cemented his place in hip hop. Introduced by Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro as "not just about the making of an album, but about the making of an artist here in our hometown", the film kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival celebration with an inspiring focus on music and inner city life in the 1980s. Notable attendees of the premier included Pete Rock, Michael Rapaport, Wale and Raekwon to name a few. The Tribeca Film Festival will run through April 27th. </p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.-mnjatlstazzjdhqgqc2guqxha3okau4bgonl1ik2pk.jpg?1397758165" style="width: 575px; height: 424px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Following the films premier, Nas took the stage, dressed in all black and Timbaland boots, for a riveting performance of his classic work that initially inspired the film, <em>Illmatic</em>. Celebrating its 20 year release anniversary, Nas who was accompanied by fellow New York native and musician Alicia Keys gave a one-an-a-kind performance of the album in its entirety also calling upon his brother, Jabari "Jungle" Fret, to assist on one of the songs. DJ Green Lantern hosted the turntables of the performance where Nas was said to be inspired by the recollection of his roots as he rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience." <em>Illmatic</em> celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend on April 19th where Nas is set to give a once-in-a lifetime performance experience to celebrate the albums place in the hip hop community as well as the milestones hes reached throughout his career which spans well over two decades. The re-mastered and re-released album, <em>Illmatic XX</em>, became available April 15th.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/04/17/nas-opens-tribeca-film-festival-with-illmatic-film-concert/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:59:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/208033Nas Reflects on His Life in 20 Songs with Rolling Stone<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.fsn1byruyees3irc36uvv2fave-jyl-wshnrnir_iu.jpg?1397660224" style="width: 567px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>In celebration of the re-release of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas took some time to reflect and share the music that has impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking candidly on the album that skyrocketed the then 19 year old young man into success, Nas states, "It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what Ive come from; my accomplishments; my dreams." From his first feature in 1991 on <em>Main Sources </em>"Live at the Barbeque" to 2012s "No Introduction" of his last album, <em>Life is Good,</em> the Queensbridge lyricist shares details on the imagery and thought sequence of the true significance of each track.</p> <p>Nas also touches on the inspiration for his next album which he hopes to deliver to fans by the end of this year stating, "I didnt know that this would inspire me, but this time has made me reflect and made me aware of where I am today. I think I could have put together a good new album without this 20-year anniversary, but I dont think it would have nowhere near the depth that I think its going to have now." Nas re-mastered re-release of <em>Illmatic XX </em>is out now and can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or other local music retail shops. The documentary chronicling the album, "Time is Illmatic" will premier today at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/nas-my-life-in-20-songs-20140415">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:29:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207873Digital Day Schedule - Today<p>Illmatic XX, the 20th anniversary celebration of the landmark album that made Nas an icon, is out today via SONY Legacy. This exclusive collection features several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary. The New York Times called the release a densely textured, deeply lyrical portrait of life in Long Island Citys Queensbridge projects [that] signaled the resurgence of the moribund New York hip-hop scene and helped pave the way for Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z and a new generation of New York rappers.</p> <h3><a href="http://smarturl.it/illmaticxx_itunes" target="_blank">Download Illmatic XX on iTunes.</a></h3> <p>Nas will participate in a series of online events TODAY to celebrate the 20th Anniversary. The events include a Huffington Post Live segment, Reddit "Ask Me Anything", @iTunesMusic Twitter chat and GoogleTalks chat. An overview of each event and a schedule is included below.</p> <p>In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will open the Tribeca Film Festival tomorrow night. The movie delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.</p> <p><strong>Overview:</strong></p> <p><strong>11:00am ET:</strong> Huffington Post Live - 30 minute live interview segment streaming in real time on <a href="http://Live.HuffingtonPost.com">Live.HuffingtonPost.com</a>. Segment will include live fan participation via Skype and Google+ Hangout.</p> <p><strong>12:30pm ET:</strong> Reddit Ask Me Anything - 1 hour open forum Q&A between Nas and the Reddit Community. Nas can pick and choose what questions to answer and the community will up-vote quality questions to the top of the stream.</p> <p><strong>2:00pm ET:</strong> Twitter Chat hosted by @iTunes - 30 minute twitter chat moderated by @iTunes. Fans will be prompted to submit questions for the chat using hashtag #AskNas</p> <p><strong>4:00pm ET: </strong>@GoogleTalks- 1 hour live chat at Google offices that will stream on Google Videos and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/talksatgoogle" target="_blank">YouTube</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/Illmatic.png" style="width: 240px; height: 241px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:16:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207703Hennessy V.S and Nas Celebrate 20 Years of Illmatic<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/14/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.xxrrpwst7r_ar6bmeybksxdzq2oc5-7llwdjhyberrc.jpg?1397571609" style="width: 575px; height: 850px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Following his amazing performance on the Coachella stage Saturday night, where he amazed the crowd with special appearances from Jay Z and Diddy, Nas along with Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch on Sunday offering a sneak peak of the new documentary film, "Time is Illmatic." Held at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, guests of the event included Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Damon Wayans, Jernaine Dupri, and more. Guests were treated to brunch while they sipped on classic and innovative Hennessy concoctions throughout the day before being treated to an exclusive screening of the trailer for Time is Illmatic, co-created and produced by Illa Films producers, One 9 and Erik Parker. Time is Illmatic will premier at this years Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16. Nas 20th anniversary re-release <em>Illmatic</em>, <em>Illmatic XX </em>is available today.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/nas-x-hennessy-host-time-illmatic-documentary-screening">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:18:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207743A Trip Down Memory Lane with Nas' Brother Jungle and Vibe Magazine<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yi_dUhazzWs" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Take a trip back down memory lane with Nas Brother Jungle and <strong>Vibe Magazine</strong> as the celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Get a never before seen look as <strong>VIBE </strong>and Jungle journey back to Queens to the very projects that raised Nas for a first hand tour of the emcees neighborhood and famous housing projects. Jungle details their life growing up, friends and neighbors who would come out to support, and the countless hip hop ciphers that took place in the apartment and building. Get a glimpse of Nas shared bedroom with his brother and hear details of their sibling rivalries and juvenile spats over music and clothes. Meet the new tenants of Nas Queens bridge fifth floor apartment and get a view of the very window that would inspire Nas to rhyme about the things he saw daily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/article/interview-nas-brother-jungle-revisits-their-childhood-apartment-queensbridge">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:23:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207653Watch Nas Perform Illmatic LIVE at Coachella<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mash1luhpbexf65vzb3wgemexfry8yezrf2srdaboi8.png?1397499969" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic, Nas performed the album in its entirety to kick off his memorable set at Coachella Saturday night. Dressed in all black, Nas took the stage delivering classic lyrics from the 1994 album with the crowd following along with every word. As a special surprise for the fans, Nas took his performance to the next level bringing out Jay Z for a mind-blowing performance of "Dead Presidents" and "Where Im From," sending the crowd into a frenzy. Continuing to awe the audience, Nas performed other hits from his catalogue including "Made You Look," "One Mic." and "Hate Me Now," in which he surprised the crowd again, this time bringing out Diddy to share the stage for the epic performance. </p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-coachella-full-set-ft-jay-z-diddy/">Watch Now</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:15:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207613Watch Nas' "Time Is Illmatic" Trailer<p><iframe frameborder="0" height="321" scrolling="no" src="http://video.vulture.com/video/Time-Is-Illmatic-Trailer/player?layout=compact&read_more=1" width="416"></iframe></p> <p>As part of the year of <em>Illmatic</em> and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nas debut album, The Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate its opening with the premier of <em>"Time Is Illmatic,"</em> a new documentary that chronicles the course of Nas 1994 debut album release, <em>Illmatic</em>. The film, from Director One9 and written by Erik Parker, traces Nass influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era, reps for Tribeca report in a statement. The world-premiere screening of the film will take place on April 16, followed by a special performance featuring the emcee performing the album in its entirety. Nas<em>Illmatic XX</em> is available for pre-order and will be released April 15th.</p> <p><a href="http://http://massappeal.com/nas-time-is-illmatic-documentary-trailer/">Read More</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:36:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207583Nas Celebrates "Illmatic XX" With An Exclusive Limited Edition Merchandise Bundle<p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/News%20POst%20Images/Illmatic%20Merch.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 316px;" /></p> <p>In commemoration of the 20th anniversary and re-issue of Nas debut album Illmatic, Nas is releasing an exclusive limited edition merchandise bundle via his official web store in conjunction with Bravado Merchandising. Options for the merchandise bundle include a one of a kind Illmatic XX t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt, and signed or unsigned special edition lithogram. There are only 200 autographed and numbered lithographs, and 300 unsigned lithographs available. Get your copy and merchandise bundle while supplies last.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/illmatic-xx-merch-bundle" target="_blank">Read More</a></p> <p><a href="http://nas.shop.bravadousa.com" target="_blank">Purchase Here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:36:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207473Recap: Watch Nas Discuss Illmatic on REVOLT Live<p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/News%20POst%20Images/Nas%20Revolt%20Live.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 490px;" /></p> <p>Yesterday, Nas paid a special visit to REVOLT Live to discuss the twentieth anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic. Speaking with hosts Sibley and DJ Damage, Nas went into detail on the making of the album, the process of its release, and the massthat soon followed and propelled his career. Among topics addressed, Nas discussed the accidental role he played in leaking the album through his friends, the similarities of artist using their childhood photos on their album covers following Illmatics release, and the overall impact the landmark album made in hip hop. Fans got a chance to submit personal questions to the emcee via Instagram video which Nas answered on the show. Nas was surprised with a special Illmatic anniversary cake on stage honoring the 20 years since the albums release on April 19, 1994. Nas will release Illmatic XX on April 15th to commemorate the landmark album, featuring remastered versions of the classic album as well as unheard remixes, freestyles, and more. Illmatic XX is amiable for pre-order though iTunes.<br /> <br /> Check out the video links below:<br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1ky8XxF" target="_blank">Part 1</a><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1eqi4hm" target="_blank">Part 2</a><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/PWjpB8" target="_blank">Part 3</a><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1evliug" target="_blank">Part 4</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:23:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207453Watch Nas LIVE on REVOLT TV Today<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.lbqvfc03do0bfao9rhhtqxoqwbkwu0ziri3gqjdjjpk.jpg?1397662977" style="width: 575px; height: 329px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Watch a live and exclusive interview with Nas today REVOLT TV. Beginning at 5pm EST and 2pm PST, Nas will begin a live broadcast in celebration of the anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Fans are invited to tune in and ask him questions via social media with a 15 second video using the hashtag "#<strong>AskNas</strong>". Tune it this afternoon for this special appearance!</p> <p><a href="http://revolt.tv">More Information</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:21:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207253Clash Magazine: Nas On The Mass Hysteria Of "Illmatic"<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.l7aie-pby3laywcbzdcke8gj3k1havtlbkxxex8sog0.jpeg?1397663318" style="width: 575px; height: 391px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>In an exclusive interview, Nas dives deep into the mass hysteria of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, with <strong>Clash Magazine</strong>s Grant Brydon. Speaking of the classic album Nas shares his feelings of being overjoyed while experiencing slight anxiety while preparing for the 1994 release, "I knew it was from what I wanted to hear," he says. "I didnt know how many other people would agree. Because you never know when its your first record, you can only have a hunch. The closer it came to it being released I started to feel it more and more. Working on it I felt like it was the best thing ever! But then, as its about to be released, you realise that there is a world out there and theyve gotta approve, and you go from there."</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.qahtztbfnxg89yxp_gotaun7pvawpkhkxl3qzkx-fpw.jpeg?1397663399" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Nas goes further to discuss the impact of the album and the positive experiences hes had since the release, "Ive been on two of my dream labels. Its like getting everything you ever wanted," he says. "Things can happen for whoever, whoever you are. If you focus, you can get whatever you want if its meant to be. And thats how its worked out for me." The album will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new release titled <em>Illmatic XX</em> featuring unheard remixes and exclusive freestyle recordings on April 15th.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.a7i0ebbupb5p5imetxbodxdgwiwsb0hgkcwsr6uskx4.jpg?1397663474" style="width: 575px; height: 586px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.clashmusic.com/features/interview-nas-on-the-mass-hysteria-of-illmatic">Read the Full Interview</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:20:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207243New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from New Album Illmatic XX Today!<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.x1sc3wsbxu5fxq66u8j4v72va0gg1xn8cdzzmpuoo9i.jpg?1397663542" style="width: 470px; height: 470px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Nas has announced that <em>It Aint Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix) </em>is now available to stream exclusively on Okayplayer.com. <a href="http://www.okayplayer.com/news/throwback-thursday-nas-aint-hard-tell-laidback-remix-mp3.html#slide1">PRESS HERE</a> to listen now. Nas new album, <em>Illmatic XX</em>, is a compilation of rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of his seminal debut release <em>Illmatic.</em>The collection will drop April 15th via SONY Legacy.</p> <p>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 kicked off last month with a special performance at the <strong>Kennedy Center in Washington D.C</strong>. Nas will also appear at this years <strong>Coachella Festival</strong>. In combination with the release, <em>Time Is Illmatic</em> a feature length documentary film that examines the album will open this years <strong>Tribeca Film Festival </strong>on April 16th. </p> <p>Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artists since the 80s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, he has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe. Since the release of <em>Illmatic</em>, he has released 9 solo albums and 3 compilations all of which have been certified double-platinum, platinum and gold. His most recent release was 2012s <em>Life Is Good,</em> which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the sixth #1 album that Nas has produced in his career. The collection also received four GRAMMY nominations bringing the rap icons GRAMMY recognition count to 13 overall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.okayplayer.com/news/throwback-thursday-nas-aint-hard-tell-laidback-remix-mp3.html#slide1">Listen toIt Aint Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)</em></a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:56:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/207223Still Ill: Create Your Own Illmatic Artwork <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.e9xm71kpzlprxc3pstk7gxqm7pthygnijovjh9lfnkg.jpg?1397663609" style="width: 470px; height: 470px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Celebrate the release of <em>Illmatic XX</em>, the 20th anniversary edition of Nas album, <em>Illmatic</em> by creating your own <em>Illmatic XX</em> cover art. Create yours now for a chance to win Nas concert tickets! The Grand Prize winner will receive 2 tickets to a Nas performance and an autographed CD and merch prize pack. Two more First Prize winners will also receive autographed CDs and merch prize packs.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.1u-ewyupfo589oouytjbgdkhp0wxwqrdxi0wb7t_2i0.jpg?1397663739" style="width: 575px; height: 579px;" /></p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://illmaticxx.nasirjones.com">Create Your Artwork Now for a Chance to Win</a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:39:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206943Listen to Nas Discuss the Making of Illmatic with Zane Lowe<p>As the 20th anniversary of <em>Illmatic</em> approaches, Nas recalls the making of the album that would change hip hop and go on to impact his generation and many more to come. In an intimate interview with B<em>BC Radios</em> Zane Lowe, Nas goes in to detail describing the social, cultural, and political factors that inspired him to make the classic album. Discussing his childhood and his experiences growing up in the inner city, Nas describes his world in detail, writing rhymes in his notebook, witnessing the first black mayor of New York City, and the increase of drugs, guns, and crime in his hometown. Nas goes further to explain the pressure he faced as an emcee as he strived to create a body of work that his peers and those who looked up to and admired in hip hop culture at the time would respect. Listen to the interview and pre-order the special anniversary edition of <em>Illmatic XX</em>, available April 15th.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01x1r4r">Listen Now</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" src="http://www.bbc.co.uk/emp/embed/smpEmbed.html?playlist=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fiplayer%2Fplaylist%2Fp01x1r4r&title=Zane%20Lowe%3A%20Ed%20Sheeran%20and%20Nas%3A%20Nas%20talks%20to%20Zane%20Lowe&product=iplayer" width="400"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:59:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206923#ILLMATIC XX: Nas and Mass Appeal Present: The Represent Illmatic Video Contest<p>In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Nas seminal debut album <em>Illmatic</em>, Mass Appeal & Maker Studios are excited to invite you to collaborate and produce a new music video for an influential track off of the album.</p> <p></p> <p>HOW TO ENTER</p> <p>Step 1: Come up with a music video concept for the song and make a pitch video for your idea. Tell Nas what you want to make with his help, and why you should be chosen to come to Los Angeles and create with him. </p> <p>Step 2: Upload your pitch video to YouTube, explaining your concept for the music video and how you would bring it to life. In the video description include the hashtag #RepresentIllmatic. </p> <p>Step 3: Fill out an entry form to submit your video. Your imagination and creativity are your only boundaries. Whatever you do, make it Illmatic. </p> <p></p> <p><strong>Deadline for submissions is April 16th, 2014. </strong></p> <p>The submissions will be judged and selected by Nas & Mass Appeals own Jason Goldwatch. One winner will be invited to the YouTube Creators space in Los Angeles, CA to collaborate alongside Nas and Jason Goldwatch from Mass Appeal, who will help to bring their video vision to life. </p> <p>The final music video, and a behind-the-scenes making of video will be premiered on Mass Appeal as well as on the Maker Music YouTube Channels. The winner will have the unique distinction of being a part of Illmatics illustrious history, one of the most legendary hip hop albums ever created. <em>Illmatic XX</em> is available for pre-order now on iTunes.</p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-represent-illmatic-contest/">More Information</a></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pT4dtKDdOIY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206893Watch Nas Perform "One Love" on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon<p>Backed by The Roots and original producer from the <em>Illmatic</em>, Q-Tip, Nas took a trip down memory lane performing hits the classic and controversial track "One Love" last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. The two continued their visit to 1994 performing "The World Is Yours", another classic track from 1994s <em>Illmatic</em>. Nas will be releasing the <em>Illmatic XX </em>album on April 14th, just four days before<em> Illmatic </em>turns 20. The double-disc edition will include a remastered version of the original album, rare remixes, an unreleased song (m a Villain), and a never-before-heard freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show from 1993. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes. Watch both performances below.</p> <p><a href="http://http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/4026">Read More</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" seamless="seamless" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/eJVzXmHMGDVs?form=html" width="480"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" seamless="seamless" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/NV1UW_PGanyr?form=html" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206863Watch Nas on Real Time With Bill Maher<p>Last Friday, Nas made his HBO debut appearing on the weekly talk show Real Time With Bill Maher. Joining the esteemed discussion panel that featured journalist Carrie Sheffield, MSNBCs television host Alex Wagner and host Bill Maher, the Queensbridge rapper briefly spoke on his timeless debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, before sharing his views on the social problems that plague American culture. Speaking in-depth, Nas addresses the serious problems of gun violence in impoverished neighborhoods across America and the noticeable influx of guns made available to the youth. Continuing the discussion, Nas discusses a number of topics including DeSean Jackson being released by the Philadelphia Eagles for his alleged gang ties, the recent Fort Hood shooting, the plight of inner-city living, Black Republicans and more. Watch the video now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hbo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher/index.html#/">Read More</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="480" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="http://www.hbo.com/data/content/global/videos/embed/data/1374407.html?width=640&height=480" style="overflow:hidden" type="text/html" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:14:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206853Nas to Perform at the 2014 Hot 97 Summer Jam<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ram49uohddcan-1rf7dmnmleeaajzg6o0hxs_0jqy7y.jpg?1397663976" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>This years lineup for the 2014 <em>Hot 97 Summer Jam</em> has been announced with Nas joining 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Young Money, and more. Continuing the 20th anniversary celebration of the release of <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas will take the stage for an unforgettable performance. The annual event, taking place at Metlife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ, will be held Sunday, June 1st. Other artist scheduled to perform at the concert include The Roots, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Jhene Aik, Kid Ink, and more. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, April 4th.</p> <p></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wo3mpsfw281edievpxmtmnvsmi3mtr1hxngileim6he.jpg?1397664015" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.hot97.com/summerjam/">More Information</a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:29:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206883Watch as Nas & Michael Eric Dyson Discuss The Current State Of Hip-Hop At Georgetown University<p>As an extension of the Kennedy Centers One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University hosted a A Conversation with Nas and Michael Eric Dyson. The sold out event, which took place March 27th was opened by legendary hip hop producer and academic scholar 9th Wonder and featured a musical set of Nas classics. Hosted in the Nations Capitol, Nas and Dyson embarked on a serious and honest discussion on hip hop and its current state, the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, as well as the legendary artists overall contribution and influence on American culture. Moderated by James Peterson, Director of African Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, the 90 minute addressed serious social issues with Nas discussing members of the hip hop culture not taking a greater responsibility to rap about topics that touch on social justice issues, the future of the youth and the social issues that plague the development of minorities in this country. The two discuss their shared history of experiences with loved ones in the prison system, as well as how they came to know each other personally through attending previous discussions panels on hip hop and social issues. 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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas will take the stage to perform the album in its entirety. The show will be Nas only UK Illmatic performance. Other performers scheduled to perform include MIA, The Horrors, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Hercules & Love Affair, and more. Nas is releasing Illmatic XX as a special 20th Anniversary Edition on April 15. Tickets for the event are on sale now.</p> <p>More info<a href="http://loveboxfestival.com/" target="_blank"> HERE</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/Nas_01.jpg " style="width: 403px; height: 403px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:52:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206203Listen To Nas' "Life's A Bitch" (Nostalgic Version)<p>Exclusively through<a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/nas-lifes-a-bitch-arsenal-mix-illmatic-xx/" target="_blank">Spin.com</a>, Nas releases a new track from the anniversary album Illmatic XX, "Lifes A Bitch," the Nostalgic Version.<br /> <br /> Illmatic XX is a double-disc package that features a remastered version of the album and a number of alternate mixes and unreleased tracks, unreleased demos, and even a throwback freestyle from Nas 1993 appearance on The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show on WKCR. The album, which can be pre-ordered now through iTunes will be released April 15th, followed by the premier of the new documentary, "Time is Illmatic," at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16th.<br /> <br /> Source:<a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/nas-lifes-a-bitch-arsenal-mix-illmatic-xx/" target="_blank">Spin.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/unnamedcopy2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/unnamedcopy2.jpg " style="width: 470px; height: 470px;" /></a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:54:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206123One Mic: Nas Plays Sold Out Shows Celebrating Illmatic's 20th Anniversary<p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.28qishv4zo0lixqh73etwabckit6ub_du6ojbvcqom4.jpg?1397664142" style="width: 575px; height: 389px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>Last weekend, in the Nations Capitol, Nas performed at the famous Kennedy Center for two sold out performances to kick off the Kennedy Centers One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival. Backed by an eighty-piece orchestra, Nas dressed in a black tuxedo, performed his classic album <em>Illmatic</em> in its entirety to a full house of a diverse crowd. <em>Mass Appeal Media</em> was along for the epic event and captured exclusive photos oh the once in a lifetime performance. Nas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, <em>Illmatic</em>, with a special release titled <em>Illmatic XX</em> which is avaible now through iTunes for pre-order before the official release on April 15th.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.2pcnwwpub7xke43zvcli4bkruxwk-k5dd6lcibs8rdy.jpg?1397664201" style="width: 575px; height: 389px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-one-mic-kennedy-center-illmatic-xx/">Read More</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:05:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/206873Summerfest 2014: Nas Announced to Perform July 1st<p>Billed as the "Worlds Largest Music Festival," Milwaukees <a href="http://www.summerfest.com/" target="_blank">Summerfest</a> has announced their official 2014 lineup. The grand festival which spans over 11 days will take place at the 75 acre Henry Maier Festival grounds. The festival will run June 25 - 29 2014 and pick up again Jul 1 - 6 2014. The diverse festival will cater to the needs of every music fan as it offers top performances from all genres of music including pop music, contemporary country, punk, indie rock, indie pop, metal, soul, EDM, hip hop, and more. Nas was announced to perform at the festival and is scheduled to take the stage July 1st. Other artists announced to perform at the festival include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Outkast, Ludacris and more. <a href="http://www.summerfest.com/" target="_blank">Tickets for the event are on sale now</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.u7jun1zo2utgujro_uy-yun3ze5pxlpq6q8r5_lve9k.jpg?1396027912" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205903Tribeca Film Festival Announces Ticket Sales for Nas' "Time Is Illmatic" Documentary<p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/nas_tribeca.jpg" style="width: 530px; height: 397px;" /></p> <p>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 Gibneys work-in-progress <em>Untitled James Brown Documentary</em>, and the world premiere of <em>Bjrk: Biophilia Live</em>. It was also announced that TFFs Opening Night, the world premiere of <em>Time is Illmatic</em> 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.<br /> <br /> Tickets to Opening Night on April 16 will be available at <a href="http://www.tribecafilm.com/openingnight" target="_blank">tribecafilm.com/openingnight</a> beginning on March 27 at 11:00 a.m. for American Express Card Members and on April 1 at 11:00 a.m. for the general public. Director One9s documentary <em>Time is Illmatic</em>, follows the trajectory of Nas 1994 landmark debut album, widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop.<br /> <br /> Music is a prominent thread throughout the Festival this year, and the <em>Untitled James Brown Documentary</em> and <em>Bjrk: Biophilia Live</em> are great compliments to our already exciting slate, said Genna Terranova, Director of Programming. Nas and his work have been beloved by New Yorkers for years and we are thrilled to be celebrating his music with everyone on opening night. Information on the late additions in the special section can be found below:<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Untitled James Brown Documentary</strong></em>, directed and written by Alex Gibney. (USA) Work In Progress, Documentary. James Brown changed the face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the journey from rhythm and blues to funk. More than that, this American legend - who willed himself to life after he was stillborn - was a classic embodiment of the American dream. The son of a "turpentine man" from rural South Carolina, Brown became one the greatest live performers ever known, the "hardest working man in show business," and a self-made millionaire. As he often said, it was "show AND business." Once successful, one of his first orders of business was to launch the soundtrack for a new civil rights movement: "Say It Loud: Im Black and Im Proud." With unique cooperation of the Brown estate, this is a definitive documentary biography of the James Brown story and legend, 1933-1974. The screening will be followed by a special conversation with Director Alex Gibney on April 27.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Bjrk: Biophilia Live</strong></em>, directed by Nick Fenton & Peter Strickland. (UK) World Premiere, Documentary. From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Bjrk. Directors Nick Fenton & Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Bjrk live in performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation from apps created by the worlds top 10 designers combined with science and nature archive and found footage. This is inspired by the themes of the album which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena - atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation. The film will screen at TFF on April 26.<br /> <br /> For festival tickets please visit <a href="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets" target="_blank">www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:17:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205863See Nas Live at Lollapalooza 2014<p>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 Chicagos 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 artists 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lollapalooza.com/tickets/" target="_blank">Buy Tickets Now!</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/14/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.frpumnkbvf_8aqcnjod0ep108kzil12weki2ugj9qjc.jpg?1395945921" style="width: 575px; height: 889px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:43:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205853Watch Nas Perform "The World Is Yours"<p>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 Sharks 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 Aint Hard To Tell, and "The World Is Yours." Backed by Epic recording artist Nylo, Nas continued to rock the crowd with 1996s "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 Illmatics "The World Is Yours" at the famed Austin Music Hall. Check it out now.</p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iKP7eZr_n0I" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/article/sxsw-nas-performs-world-yours" target="_blank">Check out the full story over at Vibe.com!</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:21:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205693Too BUKU: Nas Performs at The BUKU Art + Music Project<p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/nas_buku_1.jpg " style="width: 580px; height: 385px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/nas_buku_2.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 415px;" /></p> <p>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 venues famous Power Plant stage. Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas gave a riveting performance of the landmark album in its 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.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2014/03/buku_music_art_project_night_o.html" target="_blank">Nola.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:56:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205543SXSW Recap: Watch Nas Perform at Mass Appeal x Groove Shark's SXSW Takeover <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4VSZEnKUYKg" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Friday Night in Austin, SWSXs 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", theres no question that the Mass Appeal x Groove Sharks 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 Aint Hard To Tell and "The World Is Yours". Check out the video recap of the <a href="http://massappeal.com/mass-appeal-grooveshark-sxsw-takeover-recap/" target="_blank">Mass Appeal x Groove Sharks SXSW Takeover</a> for exclusive footage behind the scenes and highlights from some of the action on stage.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:21:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/205083New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from NEW Album Illmatic XX Today! <p><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/nas/News%20POst%20Images/nas-illmatic-xx-main.jpg" /></p> <br /> <p>Nas has announced that It Aint Hard to Tell (Remix) is now available to stream exclusively on MassAppeal.com TODAY. <a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-it-aint-hard-to-tell-remix-premiere/" target="_blank">PRESS HERE</a> to listen now.<br /> <br /> 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 years Coachella Festival. In combination with the release, Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will open this years Tribeca Film Festival on April 16th. More details to be announced in the coming weeks.<br /> <br /> Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artists since the 80s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, he has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe. Since the release of Illmatic, he has released 9 solo albums and 3 compilations all of which have been certified double-platinum, platinum and gold. His most recent release was 2012s Life Is Good, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the sixth #1 album that Nas has produced in his career. The collection also received four GRAMMY nominations bringing the rap icons GRAMMY recognition count to 13 overall.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:44:00 -0700http://www.nasirjones.com/news/204953Memorial Day Weekend: Nas to Headline 2014 Soundset Music Festival<p>Celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year, <em>Soundset Music Festival</em> organizers announced their 2014 lineup recently with legendary emcee Nas scheduled as a headliner to for the event. Nas, whos debut album <em>Illmatic,</em>approaches its 20th anniversary this April, will be celebrating with a special re-release of the classic, branded<em> Illmatic XX</em>, 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4114644&pl=soundset">Purchase Tickets</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.bjowqmnxuyfvxwkn5dzkkqz9ncljijzxghrsvfhsvq4.png?1394219143" style="width: 575px; height: 890px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:09:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/204503"A Night With Nas" at the Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover<p>Two years after he rocked the stage with a legendary performance with long time collaborator DJ Premier, Nas returns to the <em>SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival</em>. 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 <em>Andreessen Horowitz</em>, in a conversation at 3:30pm this Sunday on the<em> SXSW Interactive</em> Festival stage. Friday, March 14, Nas with co-host Sway, brings attendees <em>A Night With Nas</em> as part of the <em>Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover.</em> 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.</p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/mass-appeal-groovesharks-sxsw-takeover/">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.2sglwc0zvoru5pjlb2dsxcxymexpq1crircvkjj6stk.jpg?1394106590" style="width: 575px; height: 882px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:42:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/204213New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from NEW Album Illmatic XX<p>Nas has announced that a previously unreleased freestyle rap is now available to stream exclusively on <a href="http://pitchfork.com">Pitchfork.com</a> TODAY. The track, recorded on <em>The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show</em> on <em>WKCR</em> on October 28, 1993, features artists 69" and Grand Wizard. <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/54218-listen-nas-rare-1993-freestyle-from-the-stretch-armstrong-and-bobbito-show/">PRESS HERE</a> to listen now. </p> <p>Nas new album, <em>Illmatic XX</em>, 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 <em>SONY Legacy</em>. 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 <em>Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.</em> as well as this years <em>Coachella Festival</em>. In combination with the release, <em>Time Is Illmatic </em> a feature length documentary film that examines the album will open this years <em>Tribeca Film Festival </em>on April 16th. More details to be announced in the coming weeks. </p> <p>Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artists since the 80s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, he has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe. Since the release of <em>Illmatic</em>, he has released 9 solo albums and 3 compilations, all of which have been certified double-platinum, platinum and gold. His most recent release was 2012s <em>Life Is Good</em>, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the sixth #1 album that Nas has produced in his career. The collection also received four <em>GRAMMY</em> nominations bringing the rap icons <em>GRAMMY</em> recognition count to 13 overall.</p> <p><a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/54218-listen-nas-rare-1993-freestyle-from-the-stretch-armstrong-and-bobbito-show/">Listen Now</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/14/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.hvpkcv3ra0eibqztwrq7bwcfae9bxvik9_stfxops9y.jpg?1394013742" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:23:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/204123Watch Nas Discuss Hip Hop, Sneaker Addictions, and His New Sneaker Boutique, 12AM Run, With Complex<p>With the opening of Nas new sneaker boutique <em>12AM Run</em> just around the corner, Nas and business partner Nick Sakai stopped by <em>Complex Sneakers </em>to discuss hip hop and its 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 <em>My Adidas.</em> 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 hes 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2014/02/nas-on-sneakers-hip-hop-12amrun/view-all">Read More</a></p> <p><script height="349px" width="620px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=hxY252azoVKuH0or_0F4pzPtmWU-K62z&pbid=556f8260656c47a4ab49bf6f2dde85f3"></script></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:34:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/203693Watch: Nas Shares Details on 12AM Run<p>Long time sneaker addict and Hip Hop star, Nas discusses his new sneaker boutique, <em>12AM Run</em>, with <em>Nice Kicks</em>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 stores 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, <em>HSTRY</em>, which premiered last fall. Speaking on his latest venture, Nas also shares details on whats next for him musically, including the re-release of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. The landmark album celebrates its 20 year anniversary this April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nicekicks.com/2014/02/26/interview-nas-reveals-everything-you-need-to-know-about-his-sneaker-boutique-12am-run/">Watch The Video Now</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.5ybeyigt3o36wre0af1q-pmqca76kkwzt7uv5ckrakk.png?1393450522" style="width: 575px; height: 347px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:29:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/203643Recap: Nas Performs at The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival<p><em>The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival </em>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 industrys 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, <em>Illmatic</em>, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this April. Accompanied by a live drummer, Nas also performed other chart topping hits including <em>"Street Dreams," "If I Ruled the World," "I Can,"</em> and a jaw dropping intimate performance of <em>"One Mic"</em> where his momentum moved the crowed to join the performance word-for-word.</p> <p><a href="http://http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2014/02/nas_don-omar_review_photos_soulfrito-music-festival_miami_2014.php">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.fjucuagq7svmrhvzgddwnuvxb18th-7sndaycqycb2s.jpg?1393324871" style="width: 560px; height: 365px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:30:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/203343 "One Nation Under Hip Hop": Watch Nas Discuss the "Tanning of America" <p>Over the weekend, <strong>The Paley Center</strong> premiered The <em>Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop,</em> 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 <em>O Magazine</em>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 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, <em>FUBU</em>s founder Daymond John, director and former <em>Yo! MTV Raps</em> 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.paleycenter.org/brightcove/videos/screening-room-2013a.html?bcpid=1679254821001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAADpP62yk~,CYkGoUDqnqWmJHL5SetwJ75jDx87buG6&bctid=3237465952001">Read More</a></p> <p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="537" id="flashObj" width="486"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=3237465952001&playerID=221161720001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAADpP62yk~,CYkGoUDqnqXwjxBzr8ZZKUGJUGaM1ZMb&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=3237465952001&playerID=221161720001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAADpP62yk~,CYkGoUDqnqXwjxBzr8ZZKUGJUGaM1ZMb&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" height="537" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="486"></embed></object></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:24:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/203203Ready for Launch: Nas Celebrates 12AM:Run Launch at 1 OAK<p>With the opening of his new sneaker shop <em>12AM:Run</em> vastly approaching, Nas celebrated its launch Tuesday night at Las Vegas 1 OAK at The Mirage Resort and Casino. Dressed in all black, the emcee arrived on the red carpet for photo opportunities after dining at STACK Restaurant and Bar with his entourage earlier in the evening. Inside the nightclub, celebrity guests including Boxing Champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather, NFL Player Dwight Freeney, Bow Wow, Rico Love, and more joined the celebration for the sneaker shop which will open this Spring. Those in attendance were treated to a very special performance from the emcee as he took the stage just after midnight for an unforgettable performance of some of his biggest hits. Nas performed to an at-capacity crowd of screaming fans who sang along while he enthusiastically delivered a play list of his greatest hits including Hate Me Now, Made You Look, and the 1996 hit If I Ruled the World.</p> <p><a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/hip-hop-superstar-nas-hosts-the-12am-run-launch-party-at-1-oak-nightclub">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.4pcomd3qrvc5vq6wi42h2jjesurplffmh3r79slyxfk.jpg?1393011753" style="width: 575px; height: 925px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:32:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/202943Time Is Illmatic: Nas Documentary to Open Tribeca Film Festival<p>This Spring, The Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate its opening with the premier of <em>Time Is Illmatic</em>, a new documentary that chronicles the course of Nas 1994 debut album release, <em>Illmatic</em>. The film, from Director One9 and written by Erik Parker, "<em>traces Nass influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era,"</em> reps for Tribeca report in a statement. Speaking on the project, Nas gave thanks to the Tribeca Film festival and expressed how honored he is to witness the film debut in his home town of New York. He also thanked everyone involved in the process stating "<em>I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers."</em>The world-premiere screening of the film will take place on April 16, followed by a special performance featuring the emcee performing the album in its entirety.</p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/tribeca-film-festival-2014-nas-documentary_n_4815705.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.6b53taatkl_s8sa2ank3yy_o1afy3ze3azacou2095s.jpg?1392839178" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:42:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/202543Bridging The Gap: Nas & Don Omar Headline Soulfrito 2014<p>This Saturday, February 22nd, Hip Hop Legend Nas will take the stage at the 2014 <em>Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival.</em> The urban music festival returns this year, following a six year hiatus, and will take place at the Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium. Speaking on the mission of the grass roots organization founder Melissa Giles states" <em>Soulfrito began in 2002 as a way to bridge the gap between the African American and Latino communities in South Florida.</em>" The festival has been instrumental in the rise of Reggeaton music and some of its biggest stars including Pit Bull. This years festival will feature Nas as the headliner who is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic. Other performers include Don Omar who is also headlining the event, as well as rappers Juicy J and Bust Rhymes, Reggaeton duo Plan B, and more. The all day festival, hosted by Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez, consists of live music performances, DJs, live art and digital installations by Multi-Cultural talent. Tickets for the event are on sale now.</p> <p><a href="http://http://soulfrito.com">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.tm1cvbmapxko8rbmqlw8blj6pprlsnqvmzmcninkejs.jpg?1392823648" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:45:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/202423100% Authentic: Nas Discusses New TV Series "Street Dreams"<p>With the recent announcement of Nas new television show, <em>Street Dreams</em>, in development, many are speculating as to what the story line may encompass. Recently, Nas sat down with <em>Rolling Stone Magazine</em> to discuss exclusive details on his new project and how it came about. The show will be a dramatic series following the trails and tribulations of a young Nas forging his career in the 1990s. Nas, who is heavily involved in the project revealed to the magazine, <em>"Im hands-on with everything, so this show is 100 percent authentic. Even if I dont look cool in it, I just want it to be real and raw. I didnt see this as a full autobiography at first. But I have so much thats happened in my life already, there was no room for fantasy. I wanted it to be entertaining, but everything from my life seemed to be so strong. Its all reality. Theres nothing from my life I didnt want in there."</em> The emcee and his team has been busy developing this project for the past two years as another means to tell the story of the Queensbrigde rapper. Nas, who is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, will not only co-write the scripting of the show but will also contribute music to the new series which is still in development.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nas-vows-autobiographical-series-street-dreams-is-fully-authentic-20140213">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/05/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.yb30chjf8pdtcen6w9kdmoh9fd-74najnaqsl_6pq8g.jpg?1392331264" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:17:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/201853Street Dreams: New TV Series Based on Nas<p>It has recently been announced that Xbox Entertainment Studios will embark on a new venture,<em>Street Dreams</em>, a new TV series inspired by the life of rapper Nas and his journey growing up in his Queensbridge neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. The television series will be developed by Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios and Director Jonathan Levine whos most recent credit includes 2013s zombie love story <em>Warm Bodies</em>. Nas will also be on board as a writer and and music contributor for the series while his manager, Anthony Saleh will serve as an Executive Producer of the series. The half-hour series, <em>Street Dreams</em>, is said to be "loosely based" on Nas experience, trails, and tribulations as an up-and-coming rapper in the 1990s in his hometown of Queens, N.Y.The title of the new series originates from Nas sophomore album, <em>It Was Written</em>, released in 1996 featuring the popular single,<em>Street Dreams</em>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/xbox-developing-1990s-comedy-series-based-on-rapper-nas-life/">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.encvytiqbj1djhinq2iv4zqldr88-eref19qwcoxmes.jpg?1392229506" style="width: 425px; height: 413px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:22:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/201713Going For Gold: Nas' "I Can" Inspires Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson <p>February 5th marked the much anticipated <em>2014 Winter Olympics Games,</em> beginning with a grand ceremony followed by the start of the competition games on February 7th. The international multi-sport event is being held in Sochi, Russia this year and features the top athletes from around the world competing in their sport on behalf of their country. Among those athletes is Jamie Anderson, an American snowboarder from South Lake Tahoe, California. Watch as Anderson talks to <em>ABC News</em> to share her success story and learn how she drew inspiration from Nas 2002 song, "<em>I Can"</em>. A Song that she says inspired her to win the gold medal in the inaugural Womens Slope-style Snowboarding Event.</p> <p><a href="http://http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/jamie-anderson-danced-nas-gold-medal-run-22451030">Read More</a></p> <p><iframe height="360" src="http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=22451030" style="border:none;" width="640"></iframe><br /> <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/us?cid=11_extvid1">See more US News from ABC</a>|<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/international?cid=11_extvid2">ABC World News</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:37:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/201553Complex Controversy: Nas Illmatic vs. It Was Written<p>This April, the hip hop community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas classic debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Released April 19, 1994, the album is cherished as a classic and debated by many as the hip hop bible. Classic production, extraordinary wordplay, and the point of view of a 17 year old teen growing up in the projects seemed to connect with the masses and resonate a feeling of culture in the hip hop youth. There arent many arguments against the significance of the album and the talent of the young MC, who was 19 years old when the album was released. Nas created a legacy with Illmatic and fans were eagerly awaiting for the next chapter of that legacy with the release of his sophomore album, <em>It Was Written</em>. Released two years after <em>Illmatic</em>, the album took to appeal to a more mainstream audience and proved to be Nas most commercially successful release to date. The album included the iconic track <em>If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)</em> featuring Lauryn Hill, as well as other classics including <em>The Message </em>and <em>Street Dreams</em>. Both of these albums are special in their own rite and deserve equal praise for the impact they forged during what many consider to be the golden era of hip hop. Complex Magazine weighs in on both albums to decide which album ranks best on their list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/nas-it-was-written-better-than-illmatic">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mmemxvnxwhmsu4ckqfdk5xtgaksxw8kipz4hqf_9ysi.jpg?1390454264" style="width: 575px; height: 371px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:00:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/199063It's A Celebration: Nas To Perform "Ilmatic" In Its Entirety At BUKU Music + Art Project<p>The final line up for this years <strong>BUKU Music + Art Projec</strong>t has been announced with Nas headlining his first performance at the New Orleans two-day Music Festival. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nas debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas will take the stage with Legendary Collaborator and friend, DJ Premier to perform the classic album in its entirety. The album, released April 15, 1994, has been deemed a classic by the hip hop community and features hits <em>"It Aint Hard To Tell", "N.Y. State of Mind", "The World Is Yours"</em>, and more. The performance will be a landmark opportunity for all in attendance. Other artists scheduled to perform at the festival include Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Chance The Rapper, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tyler The Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and more. The festival will take place March 21-22 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Tickets for the event are available now.</p> <p><a href="http://thebukuproject.com">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.-vp8jtkly10_aglnjm4r9guzukci2abjoqek0qjywwg.png?1391683307" style="width: 575px; height: 888px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/200803Never Stop. Never Settle. Hennessy & Nas Celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC<p>Although no home teams were actually playing in Sundays big game at MetLife Stadium, the city was rocked when New York native and hip hop legend Nas hosted the Hennessy <em>Never stop. Never settle."</em> Gala. Taking place after the Super Bowl, the event celebrated the success of their three year campaign that has featured stars like Manny Pacquio in the past and most recently named Nas as their Wild Rabbit Spokesperson and Brand Ambassador in 2013. Held at Spring Studios in New York City, Jay Z and Beyonce, Tyson Beckford, Estelle, Luke James, and more were seen on the red carpet and partying throughout the night. Guests danced and chilled out to the sounds of DJ White Shadow and Mark Ronson, while being served Nas signature drink, The Hennessy Big Apple, before being treated to a musical performances from Kelly Rowland and surprise guest, Fantasia. At the end of the evening, Nas took the stage and performed a variety of classics including "<em>NY State of Mind"</em> from his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, which approaches it 20 year anniversary this year. Nas surprised and stunned the audience when he brought out long time friend and collaborator rapper AZ to relive some of their classic moments as the crowd, screaming with excitement, went wild.</p> <p><a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/hennessy-celebrates-the-end-of-the-super-bowl-nyc-with-nas-and-friends">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/05/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.y-nsh2zrr3yjyxtgduxjynpcqgjlyxukthwxis5ile4.jpg?1391624181" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:12:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/200673Nas Announces the Year of Illmatic XX: A Celebration of the Landmark Album That Made Him an Icon <p><strong>Nas</strong> has announced that his seminal debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, will be released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled <em><strong>Illmatic XX,</strong></em> on <strong>April 15th</strong> by <strong>SONY Legacy</strong>. This exclusive collection will feature several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary. <a href="http://RapGenius.com">RapGenius.com</a> is now exclusively streaming the <em>It Aint Hard To Tell (Stink Mix).</em> <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Nas-it-aint-hard-to-tell-stink-mix-lyrics">PRESS HERE</a> to listen now. In addition, fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/illmatic-legacy-edition/id806427685">iTunes</a> and both the <a href="http://2CD">2CD</a> set and <a href="http://1LP vinyl">1LP</a> vinyl via <a href="http://Amazon.com">Amazon.com</a>. Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the <strong>John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts</strong> as well as this years <strong>Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.</strong> Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks. </p> <p><em><strong>With Illmatic, I didnt think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now Im a man from that past and Im supremely grateful. Theres a Nigerian proverb What is past is prologue. m here today because of Illmatic. - Nas </strong></em></p> <p><strong>Tracklisting: Disc 1: Remastered original album </strong></p> <p>1. The Genesis </p> <p>2. N.Y. State Of Mind </p> <p>3. Lifes A Bitch </p> <p>4. The World Is Yours </p> <p>5. Halftime </p> <p>6. Memory Lane (Sittin In Da Park) </p> <p>7. One Love</p> <p>8. One Time 4 Your Mind</p> <p>9. Represent</p> <p>10. It Aint Hard To Tell </p> <p><strong>Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio </strong></p> <p>1. Im A Villain (previously unreleased)</p> <p>2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)</p> <p>3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)</p> <p>4. It Aint Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)</p> <p>5. One Love (LG Main Mix)</p> <p>6. Lifes A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)</p> <p>7. One Love (One L Main Mix)</p> <p>8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)</p> <p>9. It Aint Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)</p> <p>10. It Aint Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single) </p> <p>In conjunction with the release, <strong><em>Time Is Illmatic</em></strong> a feature length documentary film that examines the album will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers <strong>One9</strong> (director/producer) and <strong>Erik Parker</strong> (writer/produer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. <em>Time Is Illmatic</em> is supported by The Ford Foundations Just Films and Tribeca All Access. More information will be released on the film in the coming months. For more information go to <a href="http://www.TimeIsIllmatic.com">www.TimeIsIllmatic.com</a>. </p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/05/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zjlymvv8s2nx2yyk-dzejnkeasju4sr4uovvfpge7le.jpg?1391504056" style="width: 575px; height: 244px;" /></p> <p>With the release of <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today. The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip hop recordings of all time. <em>Illmatic </em>contributed to the revival of the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the top of many best album lists. Today, the collection remains one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with <em><strong>Rolling Stone </strong></em>proclaiming, "a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner, tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic [the album] still stands as one of raps crowning achievements. <em><strong>NPR</strong></em> Music called the collection [a] masterwork of story-telling, lyricism and beat-making, while upon the albums release, <em><strong>The Village Voice</strong></em> gave Nas the title of, "one of the most important writers of the 20th century." </p> <p>Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artists since the 80s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, he has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe. Since the release of <em>Illmatic</em>, he has released 9 solo albums and 3 compilations all of which have been certified double-platinum, platinum and gold. His most recent release was 2012s <em>Life Is Good</em>, which debuted at <strong>#1 </strong>on the <strong>Billboard</strong> Top 200, marking the sixth <strong>#1</strong> album that Nas has produced in his career. The collection also received four GRAMMY nominations bringing the rap icons GRAMMY recognition count to 13 overall.</p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/200433Las Vegas: Nas Hosts Haze Nightclub for Super Bowl Weekend<p>This weekend marked the celebration of the National Football Leagues Super Bowl 48 and although the game took place in New York, Las Vegas was definitely the place to be for the pre-gaming celebrations. Saturday night, Haze Nightclub, located at The Aria Resort and Casino, welcomed Hip Hop superstar Nas to host their exclusive pre-game Super Bowl celebration. Arriving just after midnight and dressed in luxury street wear, the emcee posed for photos on the red carpet with business associates and friends before being escorted to his exclusive VIP table. Once inside, Nas drinking Hennessy with his entourage, partied with friends and fans throughout the night before treating partygoers to a musical journey of some of his biggest hits. Speaking to a screaming crowd, Nas took the opportunity to announce the opening of his new sneaker shop located at <em>The Linq </em>on the Las Vegas strip, <em>12am Run</em> before spitting classic versus from his impressive catalogue of classics including songs <em>It Aint Hard To Tell, If I Ruled The World, Hate Me Now, </em>and<em> Made You Look</em>. In attendance was Nick Sakai, Nas friend and business partner in his new venture <em>12am Run</em>, Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://hauteliving.com/2014/02/haute-event-nas-puts-rare-performance-haze/446717/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=haute-event-nas-puts-rare-performance-haze">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.nymuk7gvnru8w6cjslihfjtox5eg8dkowhb0_ms6p6k.jpg?1391449306" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:33:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/200213Take it Back: Nas Performs Classics at Beats Music Launch<p>Friday Night marked the launch and celebration of Beats Music, a new innovation in music streaming from the creators of Beats by Dre. The private celebration was held at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles featuring celebrity guests and performances. DJ Jazzy Jeff provided the music for the guests which included guests, Paul McCartney, Drake, Paris Hilton, Macklemore, Selena Gomez, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Scherzinger, Queen Latifah, and more. Music executives and partners of the brand, Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor, and Ian Rogers presented a specially curated 90s playlist with live performances from the decades most notable artists. One of the legendary and most talked about performances of the evening came when Nas took the stage. Performing in front of his peers and fans, Nas rocked the evening with classic performances of hits including <em>Nas Is Like </em>and<em> If I Ruled The World</em>. The evening also featured performances from Diddy and Ma$e, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman and Method Man, Cypress Hill, Geto Boys, Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet, Souls of Mischief and The Pharcyde.</p> <p><a href="http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/beats-by-dre-grammy-party-2014-photos-video-diddy-mase-eminem/">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.yyz6iqrnt5eqp9t8rjn_wdi2ixxsiszmnzqmxt8zkqc.jpeg?1390930971" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:16:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/199563Recap: Nas Honored At 2nd Annual VIBE Impact Awards<p>This weekend Los Angeles was on fire with tons of celebrations and award events celebrating music in every capacity. Among those celebrations, was the 2nd Annual VIBE Impact Awards where Nas was honored for his immeasurable contributions to hip hop and the hip hop community. The private ceremony was held at a secret location where the MC was celebrated by friends, family, colleagues, and peers in the industry including former Manager and friend Steve Stoute, long time collaborators and friends Music Producers No I.D. and Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, and more. Speaking on the significance of the honor, Vibe Media editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall stated "We didnt want the VIBE Impact Awards to be a lifetime achievement award. We want to honor someone who has made a lasting contribution to hip-hop and will continue to do so in the future". Hip hop artist J. Cole also took a moment to deliver a heartfelt speech on the impact Nas made on his life personally and professionally as he passionately praised the MC for his skill and integrity as an artist.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/photos-nas-honored-2nd-annual-vibe-impact-awards">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zc9jnigo-jquww0k9ygdtxgd_otonoj54ipid-b6x40.png?1390852153" style="width: 340px; height: 280px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:44:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/199363Primitive Apparel Presents Nas & Paul Rodriguez at AGENDA Emerge <p>Earlier this month, The AGENDA Emerge Trade Show took place in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center. Primitive Apparel was on site to capture exclusive footage from the events much talked about discussion panel with Hip Hop legend and entrepreneur Nas and Professional Skater Paul Rodriguez. The footage goes backstage of the event and features Paul Rodriguez discussing the success of the speakers of the panel, with emphasis on Nas and the impact hes had on the professional skaters life. The two discuss their new ventures as entrepreneurs in fashion and possible collaborations between Nas <em>12am Run</em> Sneaker Shop and Rodriguezs Clothing Store, <em>Primitive Apparel.</em> Check out the video for exclusive clips from backstage, the discussion panel, and even a hint to the opening date of Nas highly anticipated Sneaker Shop opening on the Las Vegas Strip.</p> <p><a href="http://hypebeast.com/2014/1/primitive-apparel-presents-agenda-emerge-video-featuring-paul-rodriguez-and-nas">Read More</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LvmFecKu0XM" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:32:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/198863The Source Magazine Presents the MLK Acknowledgement Award to Nas & The Game<p>In celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 25th Anniversary of their publication, The Source Magazine honors and acknowledges the work of members from the Hip-Hop community whose deeds and actions have demonstrated courage, compassion, and the will to serve others. This year, Nas, along with The Game, were honored for their acts of philanthropy and charity throughout their serving communities. Nas was specifically honored for his call to action last year in the case of a single and unemployed father of eight, Stanley Young. Young, a recent widow and laid off construction member in Washington DC, came to the attention of the MC when his manager was visiting the city and saw a news segment of the man pleading for assistance after losing his home in a fire started by a near by facility. Nas, who was on tour in Japan was sent an email with Youngs story and immediately reacted, calling for a call to action to raise money for the man and his family. Within days, Nas used his social media and celebrity platforms to garner attention and raise over $40,000 to assist the single father and his family through the online donation site, <em>Crowdtilt</em>. Nas also donated $10,000 to the Young Family and released the following statement, As a single father I couldnt help but feel for Stanley. He has my [utmost] respect as a man. It takes a real one to do whatever it takes to help his family. I want to help the Young family get a fresh start on life and I want the world to know that they can help make a difference if they stick together. We are learning an incredible lesson and Stanley is the teacher of that lesson. I cannot wait to meet them in person. Humbling himself as a man and a human being, Nas stripped his celebrity in order to prove to the public and the youth especially, that we all have duty to impact the lives of one another and take care of our communities.</p> <p><a href="http://http://thesource.com/2014/01/20/the-source-magazine-presents-the-mlk-acknowledgement-award-to-nas-the-game/">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.3uh0mwwccquexxhibkv98ot8s-1ve017brjeyya8vbw.jpg?1390331324" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:05:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/198713SXSW: Nas To Interview Ben Horowitz at SXSW Interactive<p>South by Southwest kicks off March 7th with an amazing and impressive schedule. The nine day event features a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place annually in Austin, Texas. Nas returns to the event for a special engagement interviewing Co-Founder & Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz. The two gentlemen, who recently partnered in a number of investments including <em>Crowdtilit, Coinbase, Bevel</em>, and more, will embark on a lively discussion designed to empower business leaders and entrepreneurs. Drawing on his experience in investments like 12 Society, Mass Appeal, and most recently Las Vegas Retail Sneaker Boutique 12am Run, Nas will discuss the ups and downs of investing in your dreams. Venture Capitalist Horowitz will discuss his success in the famed Silicone Valley as well as other experiences in building a successful business. Both Nas and Horowitz will share their knowledge and expertise on the challenges of starting, running and navigating through the inevitable pitfalls of a business. The conference, <em>The Hard Things About The Hard Things</em>, will take place Sunday, March 9th at 3:30pm.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/nas-interview-ben-horowitz-sunday-march-9-sxsw-interactive">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.vppaizvcqjml9mf2exmj9ituck1ir-8mbkmacfa9pqk.jpg?1389996694" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:02:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/198513The People Want Nas - The Source Magazine Presents: The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014<p>April 2nd, 2013 was a very important day in the news. Connecticut lawmakers came to an agreement for stricter gun laws, North Korea reinstated its nuclear plant, and the U.S. was hit with record breaking low temperatures throughout the country. This was also the day that Queens-born hip hop legend Nasir "Nas" Jones would send a tweet that carried shockwaves through the hip hop community. The tweet was simple and read "Eh-um.... Dropping next album title next month." In an instance, the internet exploded with buzz on Nas new album. Rumors of collaborations, release dates, and more soon followed all over the internet, fueling the anticipation and anxiety of the fans. Since then, the world has been patiently waiting and anticipating the 11th solo album of one of hip hops greatest lyricists and storytellers. Now, The Source Magazine counts down their list of the most anticipated albums of the year, featuring Nas.</p> <p><a href="http://thesource.com/2014/01/14/the-source-magazine-presents-the-30-most-anticipated-albums-of-2014/27/">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.vl0lacx-d3an9mgjbqkuw9szjnwjwbtxpec9yg6h27g.png?1389809005" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:49:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/198033One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide: Nas to Celebrate Illmatic 20th Anniversary at The Kennedy Center<p>Generally recognized as one of todays finest orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra, located in Washington DC, has been coined as the orchestra of the capital of the United States. The orchestra, which usually covers classical and pop performances, has recently ventured out into the constant emerging world of hip hop and announced the week long celebration <em>One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide</em>. The celebration honors the works of Nasir "Nas" Jones and celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. Released on April 19, 1994 by Columbia Records, Illmatic has been proclaimed by many as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Praised for its superb production, vivid and accurate portrayal of inner city life, and lyrical mastery, the album ushered in a new phenomena at the time, teenage sensation, Nas. Tickets for the event went on sale December 4, 2013 to the public.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=NOPSD"><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ekbadqvn69pl0dcm9awrni51ba3hkv8ffuvkdpv6ea8.jpg?1389725832" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.nasirjones.com/">www.nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:51:00 -0800http://www.nasirjones.com/news/197833