Nas to Play Boston Calling Festival This September
Boston Calling announces the lineup for the fall edition of the festival featuring Nas playing a set with The Roots.
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 it’s 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.
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.
Did You Know? 5 Lesser-Known Facts From The Creation Of Nas’ “Illmatic”
Hip Hop DX reveals some of the secrets and lesser-known facts behind the historical production of Nas’ "Illmatic."
Twenty years after it’s release, Nas’ classic album, Illmatic, 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.”
Hip Hop DX dives deep into those topics as they reveal some of the lesser-known details from the creators of Nas’ landmark album “Illmatic.”
Nas Offers Tech Scholarships to Minorities with Google and Microsoft
Nas partners with Microsoft and Google to fund scholarships in technology, specifically targeting African-Americans and Latinos.
On Thursday, General Assembly, a New York City-based tech educator, announced the launch of the “Opportunity Fund,” a new initiative from Google, Microsoft, 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 QueensBridge Venture Partners stated “Education, careers and opportunities in technology should not be limited to any one demographic, and I’m 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 All Star Code, Black Girls Code, CodeNow, Coderdojo and ScriptEd.
Applications for the scholarship are being accepted through May 7th.
Nas Celebrates Illmatic’s 20th Anniversary at Coachella with Damian Marley & Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nas brings out Damian Marley and Ms. Lauryn Hill to celebrate Illmatic’s April 19th twentieth anniversary during his performance at Coachella’s week two.
Twenty years to the day of its release, Nas took to Coachella’s main stage for a once-in-a lifetime performance of his debut album, Illmatic. Last weekend, Nas shocked the audience bringing out two of hip hop’s 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 2010’s Distant Relatives 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 haven’t shared the stage together since 2012’s Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour.
Overall, Nas brought the house down, closing out Saturday night’s festivities with bang, telling the audience “Happy anniversary to all of us.”
Watch Complex’s Feature “When Nas Met Faith,” Parts 1-5
Complex Magazine celebrates 20 years of Illmatic by reuniting Nas and “Illmatic” A&R Faith Newman, who signed the teenage emcee to his first record deal with Columbia Records in a five part discussion series.
Complex Magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic 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, Illmatic.
Rap Genius & Nas Breakdown “Illmatic” in it’s Entirety
Two decades since arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time was released, Nas breaks down every lyric of the landmark album “Illmatic,” widely debated as the “Hip Hop Bible.”
It’s been almost twenty years since the release of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, 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 York’s inner-city life, the album has stood the test of time with the meaning of it’s content sparking debates for the last two decades. Celebrating the album’s 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, Illmatic XX, available now.
In the second Edition of VIBE Magazine’s 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 Illmatic. Jungle revisits the tragic scene of where Nas’ childhood best friend, known as Ill 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 album’s famous artwork.
Take a look at this exclusive tour and get insight on the makings and the legacy of one of Queensbridge’s most famous emcees.
Fuse TV Presents: ‘Illmatic’ at 20: Nas Reflects on His Landmark Debut
Celebrating 20 years of “Illmatic,” Fuse TV offers a unique perspective of the creation of Nas’ landmark and timeless debut album with interviews from Nas, DJ Premier, Faith Newman and more.
In a three part series, Fuse TV, with help from Nas himself, chronicle the creation and the significance of his debut album Illmatic which celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. Beginning with Nas’ first feature on Main Source’s “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 album’s 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 “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.”
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.