Making History: Nas Performs Illmatic in South Africa at the Extra Cold Music Festival

Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM by User 6 Comments

This past weekend, Nas continued his celebration of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic with an international performance at Castle Lite's Extra Cold Music Festival in South Africa. The Timbaland produced concert took place at the SuperSport Park in Centurion where some of hip hop's 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 Africa’s own Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Nas opened his high energy performance with the classic "N.Y. State of Mind."

Continuing his performance of Illmatic in it's 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 Lite’s general manager spoke of the evening stating “Nas is one of the few artists who stays current – 20 years on and it’s 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.”

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.   

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  1. stan_South africa avatar

    On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM, stan_South africa said:

    nas can you pleas man share this type of show videos with us fans, very hard to get anything frm you on the net especially shows like this 1 , all we get is this new rapper , i can get any good quality nas show on youtube excpt for mybe the 1 u did with kayslay during the war with jay and maybe the summer jam with lauren hill everything else is either low quality or doesn't exsist

  2. Johnny Cass avatar

    On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Johnny Cass said:

    What an absolute privilege it was to have been part of the #ILLMATIC XX anniversary celebration!!! I was only 7 years old when Illmatic originally dropped, I only discovered it years later and have considered it the Holy Grail of this rap shit ever since! For most of us, this was indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity, something to scratch off the bucket list! From Queensbridge to Johannesburg!!! We got to witness arguably the greatest emcee of all time! The Illmatic Wonder, The Last Real Nigga Alive, he who needs No Introduction just One Mic... NASTY NAS!!! From NY State of Mind to Joburg State of Mind!!! Much love and respect to ya!!! HIP HOP LIVES!!!

  3. galafani avatar

    On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:11 AM, galafani said:

    wow! Nas is a beast on stage! performed with fervour, energy and passion! he was fresh. crowd was amazing. loyal fans of different races, men and women, young and old.


  4. Tshediso avatar

    On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM, Tshediso said:

    Its a moment i will never forget in my entire life. On our way home we weree screaming brave hearts. Thanks Nas for keep it real since day one# no one can touch Nas

  5. EezyJHB avatar

    On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM, EezyJHB said:

    Historic night. The best concrete that I have ever been to. I'm still in awe at the fact that I saw my favourite artist perform in my hometown. I thank you from the bottom of my heart Nasir Jones! glad to have shook your hand, but most importantly watch you do what God put you on this earth to do, which is to inspire us, the younger generation through poetry and song! I left your concert with new found gusto and determination not to let my circumstances overcome me. We are all warriors, from QB to JHB! Much Love, Much respect, One Love.

    PS: Shout out to your team for getting this whole thing in motion - Anthony, G Code, Marcus Harvey and Kevin Eny! I thank you for being the cogs in the machine that is the Illmatic experience. The Hipster Orchestra and the JPO. I will never forget 7 June 2014!

  6. Dumisani avatar

    On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM, Dumisani said:

    My friend and I were holding a #Hennessey bottle high up in order to get Nas's attention. Since were we were standing 5m from the left side of the stage. He saw it and gave props…WOW. It turned out to be a good plan because we knew he cited this bottle throughout his classic illmatic album.

    What a dream come through to finally see Nas the Legend (I still can't believe it). I would like to let Nas know that we were all there just to see him that's why were ignored the cold weather.

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