Memorial Day Weekend: Nas to Headline 2014 Soundset Music Festival
Nas, Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, and more to play the 2014 Soundset Music Festival May 25th. Tickets for the festival on sale tomorrow.
Celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year, Soundset Music Festival organizers announced their 2014 lineup recently with legendary emcee Nas scheduled as a headliner to for the event. Nas, who’s debut album Illmatic, approaches it’s 20th anniversary this April, will be celebrating with a special re-release of the classic, branded Illmatic XX, and will perform a special set celebrating the landmark album. The day long festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend in Shakopee, Minnesota, will feature two Main Stages and the Fifth Element stage, bringing fans a selection of diverse music from over 40 talented artists. Other headlining performers include Atmosphere and Wiz Khalifa, complimented by a very impressive lineup featuring 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, Earlwolf (Tyler the Creator + Earl Sweatshirt), Chance the Rapper and Pusha T, and more. The day-long festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, and returns to the grounds outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Tickets for the event go on sale March 8th.
"A Night With Nas" at the Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover
Mass Appeal announces “A Night with Nas" at The Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover, a free event taking place March 14th at Austin Music Hall.
Two years after he rocked the stage with a legendary performance with long time collaborator DJ Premier, Nas returns to the SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival. Nas is scheduled for two events at the nine-day music, film, and interactive conference which begins Friday, March 7th in Austin, Tx. Nas will make his first appearance when he joins friend and business partner, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz, in a conversation at 3:30pm this Sunday on the SXSW Interactive Festival stage. Friday, March 14, Nas with co-host Sway, brings attendees A Night With Nas as part of the Mass Appeal & Grooveshark SXSW Takeover. The event, which is free with rsvp through Mass Appeal features an impressive lineup with headlining artist Nas, Flying Lotus, B.O.B., A.S.A.P. Mob, Thundercat, and more.
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New Music: Nas Premieres Exclusive Track from NEW Album Illmatic XX
Exclusively on Pitchfork.com, stream Nas’ previously unreleased freestyle rap recorded in 1993, featuring artists 6’9” and Grand Wizard for Illmatic XX, available April 15th.
Nas has announced that a previously unreleased freestyle rap is now available to stream exclusively on Pitchfork.com TODAY. The track, recorded on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR on October 28, 1993, features artists 6’9” and Grand Wizard. PRESS HEREto listen now.
Nas’ new album, Illmatic XX, is a compilation of rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of his seminal debut release Illmatic. The collection will drop April 15th via SONY Legacy. In conjunction with the new release, Nas will be touring the U.S. this spring and performing the groundbreaking album from front to back. The tour will kick off with special performances at both the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as this year’s Coachella Festival. In combination with the release, Time Is Illmatic – a feature length documentary film that examines the album – will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 16th. More details to be announced in the coming weeks.
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Watch Nas Discuss Hip Hop, Sneaker Addictions, and His New Sneaker Boutique, 12AM Run, With Complex
Hip Hop Superstar Nas and Vegas business mogul Nick Sakai discuss the impact of sneakers in hip-hop culture and reveal details on their new business venture, 12AM Run. Complex Sneakers got the inside on the origination of the venture, the meaning of the name, and more on the new sneaker boutique set to open this Spring in Las Vegas.
With the opening of Nas’ new sneaker boutique 12AM Run just around the corner, Nas and business partner Nick Sakai stopped by Complex Sneakers to discuss hip hop and it’s 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 My Adidas. 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 he’s 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.