Nas - NewsThe latest news from Nashttp://nasirjones.com/newsDid 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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:42:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:07:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:56:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:44:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:56:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:59:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:29:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:16:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:18:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:23:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:15:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:36:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:36:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:23:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:21:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:20:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:56:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:39:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:59:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:14:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:29:00 -0700http://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. Check out the video now.<br /> <br /> <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="270" id="flashObj" width="480"><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=3402287935001&playerID=1954972954001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAABxzD2EAE~,omXLTEHtYLffOiQDtScIhRSOO30nsBA4&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=3402287935001&playerID=1954972954001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAABxzD2EAE~,omXLTEHtYLffOiQDtScIhRSOO30nsBA4&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" height="270" 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="480"></embed></object><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/03/nas-and-michael-eric-dyson-discuss-hip-hop-at-georgetown-university" target="_blank">Complex.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:59:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/206233Lovebox Presents Nas Performing Illmatic (UK Exclusive)<p>The Lovebox Festival has announced their full lineup for their famed three-day festival, taking place in Victoria Park in Hackney, London. 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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:52:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:54:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:05:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:17:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:43:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:21:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:56:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:21:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:44:00 -0700http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:09:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:42:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:23:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:34:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:29:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:30:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:24:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:32:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:42:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:45:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:17:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:22:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:37:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:00:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:12:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:33:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:16:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:44:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:32:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:05:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:02:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:49:00 -0800http://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://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:51:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/197833Recap: Nas at AGENDA Emerge<p>Hosted at the Center Theatre, the AGENDA Emerge trade-show and industry conference brought together a group of largely successful gentlemen to share advices, tips, and stories of their success. Among those men, was Hip Hop legend and entrepreneur Nasir "Nas" Jones who joined Professional Skater Paul Rodriguez for a special one-on-one conversation. The two discussed their collaboration on the 2010 Nike global campaign to promote Pauls sneakers "The Nike SB Zoom Paul Rodriguez 4". Narrated by Nas and directed by Nike SBs own Jon Humphries, the 60-second commercial chronicles Rodriguez journey through New York City as he travels through his favorite spots to ultimately spend time with his idol in the studio, Nasir Jones. Nas continued the panel discussion discussing his new business venture, luxury sneaker store, 12AM Run, set to open this year in Las Vegas, Nv.</p> <p><a href="http://business.transworld.net/145787/features/agenda-emerge-features-p-rod-nas-huf-karmaloop-tom-campion-keynote-speaker">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.jjzjymj5etwmkrrslno3gpycifkyeefus0ghj6m243s.jpg?1389645461" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:29:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/197673Discover the Heart of Hip Hop at Harvard University With Nas and San Francisco Design Studio, Ammunition Group <p>Last year Nas was honored by the prestigious Harvard University with the establishment of The Nasir Jones Fellowship. Professor of African and African American Studies and founder and director of the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute Marcyliena Morgan states The main purpose of the fellowship,is to support people doing work that has to do with the ways hip-hop itself reaches out to youth through the world, and particularly how it brings together issues of social justice, art and politics. That relationship and how difficult it can be is an important aspect of what were looking at. Hip-hop has been a way of getting the word out in very difficult situations. San Francisco Design Studio, Ammunition Group, recently journeyed to discover and explain the development and creation of The Nasir Jones Fellowship at Harvard University. The short documentary features Nas discussing the importance of Hip Hop to the youth and the significant value of bringing the art form to the prestigious university.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.ammunitiongroup.com/by-design/hiphopatharvard/"><font color="#222222" face="arial" size="2">More Information</font></a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/81456085" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:46:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/197653See Nas at Coachella 2014: Tickets On Sale Today<p>The official lineup for the years biggest music festival has been announced with Nas scheduled to perform for two nights at the weekend music festival. The hip hop icon returns to the desert after a legendary performance with Damian Marley for their Distant Relatives collaboration in 2011. Nas joins other performers including Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Lana Del Rey, Solange, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Ellie Goulding, The Internet, Duck Sauce and more. Taking place in Indio, Ca, the three day, two weekend event will also be headlined by OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire. The impressive and diverse lineup duplicates over the course of three days on April 11-13 and April 18-20 with Nas playing the second day of each weekend. Tickets for the event go on sale today at 10am PST.</p> <p><a href="http://www.coachella.com/festival-passes/">Purchase Tickets and More Information</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.hddmdzvyvov3zt8dusa1ejmxks33ierxqutxbo_vhs4.jpg?1389353542" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 10 Jan 2014 03:12:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/197333VIBE Impact Awards to Honor Nas<p>Nas has been announced as the honoree of the 2nd Annual VIBE Impact Awards, an invite-only gala which honors and salutes entertainers whose achievements have changed and shifted pop culture. The collaboration event presented in partnership with Malibu Red, returns to Los Angeles after honoring the work and accomplishments of RnB Songstress Mary J. Blige last year. Nas receives the honor in celebration of his accomplishments over the past two decades, as well as in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>. <em>Illmatic</em>, released on April 19, 1994 on Columbia Records, marked the entrance of one of hip hops greatest lyricists and storytellers with classics like "<em>It Aint Hard To Tell</em>", "<em>The World Is Yours</em>", and "<em>One Love"</em>. VIBEs Editor-in-Chief Jermaine Hall describes <em>Illmatic</em> as "arguably hip-hops most flawless piece of work. Nas ability to clearly capture his surroundings in song is a special talent." The exclusive event will take place January 24th in a private venue located in Downtown Los Angeles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/article/nas-honored-second-annual-vibe-impact-awards?utm_source=sc-tw&utm_medium=ref&utm_campaign=Nas">Read More</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.z9es-3_b_gz7rlqteor5dtk036y4t8lp9ta_koic53e.png?1389299684" style="width: 500px; height: 428px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:32:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/197183A One-on-One Conversation With Nas at AGENDA Emerge<p>This evening marks the second day of the 2013 AGENDA Emerge conference, a well respected and curated platform where industry insights and business intricacies are shared. Powered by Group Y, the creative and brand building conference highlights todays most iconic creative directors, industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the youth marketplace. This evening guests will have the opportunity to experience a one-on-one conversation with Nas to discuss his new business venture, Luxury Sneaker Shop, 12amRun, opening in Las Vegas this year. Other guests at the conference include Founder and CEO of Karmaloop, Greg Selko, Tom Campion, Founder of Zumiez, Professional Skater Paul Rodriguez, and Keith Hufnagel of Streetwear Brand, Huf. Tickets for the event are available.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agenda-emerge-long-beach-tickets-9446160721">Purchase Tickets Here</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wq_kk72jbshpesbvyy4zzofb-tabzyyhy4tw7-8igqu.jpg?1389200576" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:59:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/196983Remembering Mandela: Nas Recalls Seeing Nelson Mandela in New York City With His Mother<p>Artists, photographers, musicians, and more celebrated the annual Art Basel in Miami last weekend. Nas was in attendance to perform at The Pulse Art Fair hosted by Hennessy and The FADER Magazine and allowed guests the opportunity to view a collection of work from five iconic photographers whos work embody the Hennessy mantra Never stop. Never settle.. During the evening Nas stopped for an interview with The <em><strong>305.com</strong></em> to honor and celebrate the life of South African Activist, Nelson Mandela who passed away at the age of 95 years old the same day. Nas shares his admiration for Mandela as well as his memory of going to see him in New York when he was younger with his mother, after the activist was released from prison. Nas continues the interview discussing his love for the city of Miami, his new business ventures including Mass Appeal and technology investments, as well as his plans for the future.</p> <p><a href="http://the305.com/2013/12/06/the305-com-interview-with-nas-at-art-basel-during-the-hennessys-pulse-art-fair-event/">Watch The Interview Here</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ufdHG_63Tr4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/193483Hennessy VS Presents Nas at Art Basel<p>Celebrating art and the art community last night, Hennessy and The FADER Magazine hosted an exclusive invite-only party for the The Pulse Art Fair. Guests attending the event were greeted by Hennessy ambassadors along with special cocktails to enjoy throughout the evening. The event featured work from five iconic photographers whos work embody the Hennessy mantra Never stop. Never settle. and bring it to life. Nas took the stage at the end of the evening to perform some of his classic hits, including 1994s "One Love," for the screaming crowd. Nas was joined on the stage by Busta Rhymes and continued to party off stage with members of the Wu-Tang Clan.</p> <p><a href="http://exclusiveaccess.net/hennessy-vs-present-nas-at-art-basel/">Read The Article Here</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.gw7jxdpqdu4lh0v5ek_jn0dhmrfr6dlt0pjhl9h8epw.jpg?1386363637" style="width: 311px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ymlnd4p6ezxbg8mecgfs0t7dj2ngmewabktkamnpoa8.jpg?1386363687" style="width: 575px; height: 347px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.cdzhyqyh2tuybobdillzznwmurdynavup19aa08whsu.jpg?1386363735" style="width: 373px; height: 400px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.yzqdnlysclpsqagmt1is26waa4w3b1dboahsmgjiadu.jpg?1386363777" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ef--7lk3256mpmqn9a06ttchutdgvol6weo8qebmsje.jpg?1386363819" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/14/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.gkgyksmlhq5qr5vsrkdzha1pv1zn-6nj7cqfnt-aiqk.jpg?1386363846" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.uoddm61tvvthqlshdda1g1s9n98rmeqmao3fajfa6s0.jpg?1386363868" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.erchcvxdov2erdethsnh-u1myzsjt5tqf5urf_in3xw.jpg?1386363895" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:51:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/193423Watch Nas Discuss New Film "Black Nativity" <p>Black Nativity opened last week to much praise and favorable reviews. The holiday movie based on the famed Langston Hughes play of the same title follows a Baltimore teens quest to find spirituality and faith while spending time with his estranged relatives in New York. Discussing his scene with Jacob Latimore, Nas opens up and gets personal about the way Latimores character dealt with not having his mother around and draws comparisons to his real life experience of loosing his mother. Nas goes on in this exclusive interview about his experience working on the film, the cast, and the importance of the holiday musical thats in theaters everywhere this season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blacknativity/?gclid=CLK1jPu8hbsCFUpBQgodURsAVg">Watch The Interview & Check For Showtimes in Your Area</a></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JSSQkHfwGN8" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/192593"Black Nativity" Opens Today & Scores High With Critics<p>Famed writer and director, Kasi Lemmons brings movie goers a holiday musical drama based on a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes celebrated play, "Black Nativity". The film follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to Harlem to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. Starring Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese, and Luke James, the film which opens today, scored positive reviews amongst critics. Kam Williams (AALBC.com) gave the film 4 Out of 4 Stars and calls the film "A timeless parable as memorable for its uplifting spirituals as for its moving message about the importance of faith and family." Screen Dailys John Hazelton praised the soundtrack and the director and cast for pulling off the musical numbers during the heavy and dramatic scenes throughout the film. While Kristine Francis (celebdirtylaundry.com), calls the film The Musical Event Of The Holiday Season. "Black Nativity" is in theaters everywhere today.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blacknativity/?gclid=CLK1jPu8hbsCFUpBQgodURsAVg">Watch The Trailer & Check For Showtimes in Your Area</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yfhupIQ1JnE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:16:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/191713Tyrese and Nas Talk Black Nativity on BET's 106 & Park<p>Nas and Tyrese appeared on BETs 106 & Park last night to discuss their new movie, "Black Nativity". The holiday musical also stars Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, and is directed by famed Kaci Lemmons. The two dropped by the set of the music video countdown show to discuss their experience working on the film which opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow. Nas explains the background of the play turned movie and shares why he feels honored to be a part of such a historical project, honoring the work of Langston Hughes. He goes further to share what it was like working with saucy an amazing cast and if he will return to the silver screen in the future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bet.com/video/106andpark/full-episode/nas-and-tyrese-bring-christmas-to-106-106-and-park-full-3319.html">Watch The Episode Now</a></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yZij8pXv5m8" width="560"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:08:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/191603Talk Stoop With Nas on His 40th Birthday<p>Appearing on NBCs Talk Stoop for his 40th birthday, Nas sits down with host Cat Greenleaf to reflect on life, the course of his career, and more. Nas gives his take on the evolution of hip hop since his career began and the state of the genre today. The MC goes further to explain the meaning behind his controversial album, "Hip Hop Is Dead", which was released in 2006, and whats missing in hip hop music today. Nas also shares his daily mantras with Cat; "Life Is Good" and "Never Stop. Never Settle", while discussing what motivates him and makes him smile these days.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mXd_PArhxg">Watch The Video Here</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4mXd_PArhxg" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/191243Shredded Beats: Nas Headlines at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom<p>Backed by DJ Green Lantern, Nas took the stage in Denver Colorado last week to headline So-Gnars Fall Shredded Beats concert. Performing at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, the legendary MC opened his performance with "Locomotive", a track from 2012s "Life Is Good," before moving on to perform classic hits like "It Aint Hard To Tell" and "Made You Look". Performing in front of screaming fans, the aggressive MC engaged the audience in a lyrical medley of classic tracks including The World is Yours, Hate Me Now and Got Yourself a Gun, as well as newer material from his last album, Life is Good.</p> <p><a href="http://www.heyreverb.com/blog/2013/11/18/nas-at-cervantes-masterpiece-ballroom-11-15-13-photos-review/81218/#22">Read The Article Here</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zkzoacf_z2gizrhy7mj3qo6zsgpqcef2zjycg0n52v0.jpeg?1385072919" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.krm2sfbnbmeekom0y6wohygp5ewahp1wtouvaqln7es.jpeg?1385072991" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.edse4zu5qwbdbh051zwgoqozyynrvggjp92olzu08cm.jpeg?1385073046" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.sxiwbxhm_gixxhaoucuokhjby7mresuvgmvnad1ulra.jpeg?1385073097" /><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/05/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wazm5-jogrng5u5f-8jtlb8-_4rkg4jdmd9fgwu11ss.jpeg?1385073151" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:13:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/190943Shake The Dust- A New Documentary Executive Produced By Nas <p>It was recently announced that rapper Nas, also known as Nasir Jones, is preparing to debut his first project as executive producer for the upcoming documentary film, "Shake The Dust". The film, from journalist Adam Sjoberg, focuses on hip hop and break dancing while traveling across across the world chronicling and capturing the stories of young hip-hop fans. Speaking of the project Nas stated, "What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet. After hearing Adams vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment." Along with serving as the executive producer for the film, Nas will also contribute original music for the films soundtrack.</p> <p><a href="http://thesource.com/2013/11/11/nas-to-executive-produce-upcoming-documentary-shake-the-dust/">Check out the original article</a></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dXaLLP6GJx4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:16:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/189303#ILLMATIC20: Nas Releases 12" Vinyl Reproduction of 1992's Halftime <p>Originally recorded for the Zebrahead soundtrack by an emerging American MC calling himself "Nasty Nas," this explosive debut, in the words of Vibe magazine, "created a niche that only Illmatic could fill." The single also launched the career of one of the most durable, provocative and poetic rappers in hip-hop history. This facsimile reproduction of the original 12" vinyl includes the full "Halftime" A-side (1. radio edit, 2. LP version. 3. LP version instrumental) and B-side (1. Butcher Remix 2. Butcher Mix instrumental). The Nas "Halftime" release provides a fitting overture for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of Illmatic in 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home">Check out the original article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wcfd2aqw33agqzandw7jc80wche9upqdnu4kz-nvwzo.jpg?1384280290" style="width: 575px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:16:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/189213Keeping Up With Nas: A Day in the Life of Nasir Jones<p>Spend the day with Nas and find out what an average day for the iconic rapper consists of. From working on his next album, to cultivating his own high-end fashion line, to spending quality time with his family and friends. Nas, a devoted family man, celebrated philanthropist, hip hop scholar, and one of the most multi-faceted musical artists in the industry shares exclusives on what its like to walk in his shoes with lifestyle magazine, Haute Living.</p> <p><a href="http://hauteliving.com/2013/11/day-life-keeping-nas/411691/">Check out the full article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.mredsis_i99x8ufym7zuzzrqkrld1jkrptv24doz3la.jpg?1384196279" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:52:00 -0800http://nasirjones.com/news/188963Knowledge Is Power: Nas Introduces Harvard Fellowship<p>Nas was in attendance at Harvard University yesterday to announce the brand new Hip Hop fellowship by the Hip-Hop Archives and the W.E.B Du Bois Institute. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship is the result of a major endowment from an anonymous donor and will fund scholars and artists who show productive scholarship and creative potential in the arts in connection with hip-hop. Speaking to students and educators, Nas, a high school drop out, explained how instrumental music was to his own education. The legendary artist went further to explain how hip-hop is just as important to society in this era as computer science. Nas spent the day at the university speaking and working closely with students.</p> <p>Check out the rest of the <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nas-introduces-harvard-fellowship-20131031" target="_blank">Rolling Stones article</a></p> <div><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.uda0bag62ntbtdpnn4wae5q6dgzjko3s-doxppqix-8.png?1383329652" style="width: 569px; height: 369px;" /></div> <div><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.g8nehrsjdcaaorhjhwbbaulnnwq_60f8_elxncgmbw4.jpg?1383329684" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></div> <div><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.giqhjjl9zizgf5dtbttlmp7gozhxykhhrsi1vupcctk.jpg?1383329697" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></div> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:12:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/187493Behind The Scenes With Nas For Hennessy's New Television Campaign<p>Hennessy takes you behind the scenes of their latest television campaign starring Malcolm Campbell and narrated by Nas. The short video, directed by Ross Haines, goes behind the scenes and onto the set of the latest Hennessy television campaign; honoring Malcolm Campbell as the greatest speed record chaser of all time. The clip takes a look at Campbells life and accomplishments that embody the brands pursuit of achievement to "Never Stop, Never Settle". Nas explains the similarities between the Englishman who lived nearly 65 years ago and himself and why Campbells life is so inspiring.</p> <p>Check out the<a href="http://www.hennessy.com/us/wild-rabbit/"> original article</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CQ8937mC4P4" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:34:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/186873The Man Who Couldn't Slow Down: Nas Introduces Malcolm Campbell for Hennessy<p>Hennessy and Nas recently came together to celebrate the latest induction to the Hennessy Wild Rabbit campaign, Martin Campbell. An English racing motorist who devoted his life to the pursuit of speed, Campbell is listed in history as the greatest speed record chaser of all time. Through his career he set a total of nine world land speed records and was also the first human to break the 300 mph barrier. Martin passed away in 1948 but his legacy still lives on and inspires those who "Never Stop" and "Never Settle". Nas narrates the new Hennessy advertisement celebrating the passion and devotion of Martin Campbells need for speed.</p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sb2x87zq0qI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Make sure to check out the <a href="http://www.hennessy.com/us/wild-rabbit/" target="_blank">full article</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:43:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/186713Complex Features Nas in The 10 Best Rappers of the '90s<p>The 90s is arguably one of hip hop and rap best decades in regards to production, style, and lyricism. Hip Hops biggest names today all got theyre start in the 90s including Snoop Dogg, Nas, Outkast, and Jay Z. When Nas stepped on to the scene on Main Sources 1991 track "Live at the Barbecue," it was evident that he possessed a remarkable talent that surpassed his peers. His debut album, Illmatic, immediately solidified his place in hip hop history, as it is still held as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Complex Magazine breaks down Nas achievements throughout the decade of the 90s including four solo albums, one group album, and a number of chart topping singles to prove why Nas is one of "The 10 Best Rappers of the 90s."</p> <p><a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2013/10/best-90s-rappers/nas">Check out the original article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.po93gprbxn5wctdgbevdpiirtme0dqcbdqxmdv_8n1q.jpg?1382646386" style="width: 575px; height: 371px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:25:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/186013Living The Good Life, Nas On New Album, Hennessy Partnership, and New Business Ventures.<p>The past 16 months have been phenomenal for Nas. The MC released his sixth solo album to reach number 1 on the Billboard charts, "Life Is Good," last summer and has been busy living the album title ever since. With Grammy nominations, a sold out world tour, philanthropy, and countless honors including the establishment of The Nasir Jones Fellowship at Harvard University, life for the legendary MC is indeed good. Nas recently sat down with The Huffington Post to give exclusive details on his new album, and other new music including collaborations with Mariah Carey and Jay Z. He discusses his partnership with Hennessy and what its like to serve as the brand ambassador for Hennessys 2013 Wild Rabbit campaign. Nas, who recently turned 40 last month, also discusses his other investments including, his new high end fashion line, HSTRY, and his expanding investment portfolio.</p> <p>Check out the original article on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/nas-new-album-nasir-jones_n_4122025.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">Hufington Post</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/11/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.nkhpmgjrsxlavs2eildqlbriiwrcyoh6wkxll9t4u-a.jpg?1382468520" style="width: 570px; height: 238px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:59:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/185563Hennessy Celebrates The Launch of The "GQ Men" Book With Nas and Dwayne Wade<p>Last weekend, Hennessy joined GQ Magazine to celebrate the release of the "GQ Men" Book. The "GQ Men" Book is a collection of photographs featuring the most stylish gentlemen of the magazines 56 year history, highlighting the evolution of mens style and fashion. Hosted by professional basketball player, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, the event gathered all of the industrys best dressed gentlemen at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, South Beach. As a guest of honor, Nas arrived wearing a crisp white collarless shirt and black pants by Dolce and Gabbana, paired with a pair of black and white Vivienne Westwood slippers. Guests at the party were served hand crafted appetizers and decadent deserts with Hennessy infused cocktails before being treated to a special performance by Nas himself. Nas performed some of his classics songs from his career, including "Hate Me Now," "Aint Hard to Tell," "If I Ruled the World," and "Made You Look."</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2013/10/gq-men-book-launch-dwyane-wade-nas.html">original article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.phm0syd2rdr7aqavkttepaqb9zzzkxjvioa8knitdxo.jpg?1381940923" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.p_o4ferun2nwgsqiqnfsytioih4zuyfxj05le03b8ew.jpg?1381940938" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.qhky4aypeazo3yrp2pce4uuwayybenqxiqrveqr9au0.png?1381940957" style="width: 421px; height: 598px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.npfkpoxbiim1sjgsd87gnvbobmgamimawjb98unhahk.jpg?1381940975" style="width: 575px; height: 397px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.b9ugogj7vsh1vmht1sbwe67hvy5rckrwo09kvqp9p6y.png?1381940995" style="width: 379px; height: 513px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:27:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/184443Drake, Young Jeezy, Ludacris and More Party With Nas at Prive<p>Accompanied by a small entourage, Nas entered the venue shortly after midnight dressed in a vintage t-shirt, custom vest, and premium denim. He then made his way over to a reserved area where bottles of Hennessy were immediately brought out for him to enjoy with his guest which included Young Jeezy. Smoking a cigar, Nas partied the night away while stopping to take photos with his peers and fans. Other celebrity guests in attendance included Drake, Ludacris, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://hiphopwired.com/2013/10/12/nas-drake-jeezy-ludacris-party-atl-photos/21/">Check out the full story</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/05/00/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.p8yxcinnp4r1lc6gtigouwzzyz-xfevnrd7ydjecrtq.jpg?1381862396" style="width: 575px; height: 896px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.b8figlji7ypa64ol_2glpqhfwcmdfl2zk2bz_p-igb4.jpg?1381862410" style="width: 575px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.bn_dgwkpzlaohk_cdzxk5rooo0_crgpvr2pcf1zdibe.jpg?1381862422" style="width: 575px; height: 913px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/07/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.4tn8_syhwi4iu63pimaont2fsnhwh3snuwiybxmhequ.jpg?1381862439" style="width: 575px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.he4t2bkz-ifaz5p8umji2oyz-u2p8twgbi0zphplqqe.jpg?1381862456" style="width: 575px; height: 645px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/11/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.hy034qwnayuuywxaks8_x9xh_5jxo_ct24sqvrcx3ys.jpg?1381862470" style="width: 575px; height: 653px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.tpnf9e2vkud_sxmdesygpzsoosnwbuyybc2vt39kec8.jpg?1381862484" style="width: 500px; height: 957px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.skbh3rjmwbulo50j---bvw2crx3uw5upyi-ccwzecbu.jpg?1381862496" style="width: 500px; height: 776px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:38:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/184303Video: Nas Assist Job Seekers With New App, Proven<p>If youre job hunting right now or know someone else who is, the Proven job search app may just be the source youre looking for to help with the mass unemployment the U.S. economy has been dealing with for some time. Nas recently announced his new role as an advisor and promoter of the applications services which allow users to search for and apply for jobs from their mobile device or smart phone. The application targets those who face difficulty in finding employment due to lack of ownership of a personal computer, as well as those who seek jobs through popular classified websites like Craigslist and other employment websites. Along with his new role as an advisor for the application and its services, Nas also joins founder Pablo Fuentes and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as an investor in the San Francisco based business.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.inflexwetrust.com/2013/10/10/video-nas-invested-in-this-app-to-help-people-find-jobs/">original article</a></p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OcVOprjMfM0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:00:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/183893Atlanta: Nas Hosts Hennessy V.S Event at Vanquish<p>Last Thursday, Nas was in attendance to hosts the Hennessy V.S Event at Vanquish Lounge in Atlanta, Ga. The event included a start studded celebrity guest list which included Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, Jazze Phae, and more. Nas, smoking his signature cigar was seen enjoying the evening while dancing and laughing with friends as he sipped Hennessy.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://thesource.com/2013/10/11/sightings-nas-evan-ross-ashlee-simpson-party-in-atlanta-and-more/">original article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.7ciwk_eoca6tdha7ztaecivc4inw5lppi1fhxusufc4.jpg?1381778301" style="width: 433px; height: 650px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/02/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.dzkl6fi9nzi3fi1xx4mswmpzapnyhf35x9y6rtk7dkg.jpg?1381778313" style="width: 575px; height: 372px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/13/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.do7mkwxhu3oudaldhytwf5lkwxm7yke-azlc7b2yxi8.jpg?1381778327" style="width: 464px; height: 650px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/10/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.iretozaj4gacopj8dafrw6aetmozqahxuzj22dm4biy.jpg?1381778340" style="width: 464px; height: 650px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.rwzbc6xqzbch5canypda4p0yvoshgcoyhy8og157xho.jpg?1381778377" style="width: 464px; height: 650px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:15:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/183883"Jobs are a concern for the nation, and Proven is all about that, so I’m all about Proven," Nas On New Tech Investment<p>With his recent seven figure investment into the Brooklyn based bi-monthly urban lifestyle magazine, Mass Appeal, it aint hard to tell that Nas has been busy making big moves this year outside of hip hop. Today it was announced that Nas has invested in the San Francisco-based job employment search application Proven. Proven gives users the opportunity to search and apply for jobs online from their smart phones. The application targets those who are not necessarily in high profile jobs or careers, including blue-collar workers and those of low-income, who dont own a personal computer. Nas was introduced to Proven through the Menlo Park investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, a firm that has invested $15 million in the successful web company Rap Genius. When speaking of his new business venture Nas states, Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers, Nas said. We want to stay with the new. Nas expertise and experience prompted his new role with the Proven team to serve as an advisor and a key player to assist with promoting its services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-nas-invests-proven-20131002,0,3067395.story">Check out the full article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/01/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wgrp3qsems_5w1xruayp0is3j5agxpbrse2dhis2c08.jpeg?1380923204" style="width: 575px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:45:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/182353"I Learned. I Evolved. I Am Still Here. I Am." Nas Shines in Mass Appeal's Latest Release<p>Nas latest interview with Mass Appeal Magazine features the legendary rapper discussing his growth through the evolution of hip hop. Nas discusses growing up in Queensbridge, the struggles and obstacles that he endured on his way to success, and the trends of hip hop in the music business. Speaking to Mass Appeal, Nas states "I represent the art side of hip hop because, even in its most primitive stages, hip hop as a whole is an ever-evolving masterpiece. A spectacle we can create for all to behold. A form we should honor and respect." Nas continues the discussion while offering wisdom and precious advise to push positivity and progression to the masses with special emphasis to the youth.</p> <p><a href="http://massappeal.com/nas-is-like-we-all-shine/">Check out the full article</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/11/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.cflnqh6jgcyp8wlslgd4vyw6cmtlovtb-yaol3uta4a.jpg?1380832857" style="width: 575px; height: 827px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:39:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/182143Available Now! Shop Nas' HSTRY Fall Collection Online<p>The wait is over! The highly anticipated clothing line from Nas in collaboration with Grungy Gentlemen, HSTRY, has arrived and is available for purchase through HSTRYs online boutique. Shop the 2013 Fall Collection for signature leather and wool outwear, stylish flannel shirts and a variety of accessories including the famed Italian leather face mask and Italian leather backpack.</p> <p><a href="http://hstryclothing.myshopify.com/" target="_blank">Check out the full collection</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/04/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.6ffqfww4lkt8l22mhonvuvu_y6swutq7aj8tssawbuq.png?1380314350" style="width: 575px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.fraj1cxpl5-jeavlw27h8il3e6o5lhcokrr7gamk2yq.png?1380314367" style="width: 575px; height: 332px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.3jihewioy2tfx3gcihttycmstfm7ezg2brnu44j7eqa.png?1380314381" style="width: 575px; height: 331px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:37:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/180943The Good, The Bad, and The Nasty: A Complex View of Nas' Best Work <p>"One of the greatest hip hop albums of all time" is a common phrase when discussing a Nas album, rather it be a solo effort or a collaboration project. Beginning with his debut album, "Illmatic," where every track has been hailed a classic from "NY State of Mind" to "Halftime" to the Queens Anthem, "Represent," Nas receives praise for his mastery skill level and genius delivery. Everything, including the production, the subject matter, and the delivery of "Illmatic" is timeless and will always be seen as some on Nas best work. Nas continued to set the bar with albums like "It Was Written," "Stllmatic," "Gods Son," and more. In this article, Complex Magazine highlights just what makes a brilliant Nas album, as they survey The Dons work over the last two decades including Nas collaboration albums with The Firm and 2010s "Distant Relatives" with Reggae star Damian Marley. The article takes a look at all elements that contribute to a classic body of work including triumphs, missteps, and underrated gems found on every album from "Illmatic" to "Life Is Good."</p> <p></p> <p>Read the full article <a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2013/09/nas-albums-best-songs/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/15/06/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.rmles57qbs9x3ctgd9oj4xzwtuhj0juprvcotsugbcm.jpg?1380234096" style="width: 575px; height: 371px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/180583Official Trailer of Black Nativity Premiers With All-Star Cast Including Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Nas and More<p>Black Nativity hit theaters this fall with an All-star cast including Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Mary J Blige, Nasir Jones, Tyrese Gibson, Luke James, and more. The story follows a young teen who is sent by his single mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged church going grandparents. The film follows the young teen as he experiences faith and spirituality while discovering the story of the Black Nativity. The film, an adaption of Langston Hughes celebrated play, was directed by Kasi Lemmons and features music by acclaimed film composer,Terence Blanchard for the films score and written music by Raphael Saadiq. The film arrives in theaters just in time for Thanksgiving Weekend on November 27th. Check Out The official trailer below.</p> <p></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XGWn5B1sFkY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:24:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/180593Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents Black Nativity: Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Nas and More<p>This fall, Kasi Lemmons presents a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes celebrated play, "Black Nativity". The film, a musical, follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother who sends him to Harlem to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing and old fashion rules of his grandparents, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). The film follows Langston as he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey where he meets new friends (Nas, Tyrese Gibson, and Mary J Blige) and discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. The film opens November 27, 2013 in theaters everywhere.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5tUqNmaxmco" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:46:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/180113Build. Respect. Represent: Harvard University Honors Nas with The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship<p>This week the countrys oldest and most prestigious academic institution, Harvard University, honors Nas with the official introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship program. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship by the Hip-Hop Archives and W.E.B Du Bois Institute will fund scholars and artists who show productive scholarship and creative potential in the arts in connection with hip-hop. When speaking of the honor Nas stated "I think about Du Bois and poets like Langston Hughes I would never in a kazillion years think I could even stand next to those guys, he said. But Im working toward it. In working towards that goal, Nas has inspired many along the way with his poetry of lyrics and knowledge driven music content, which made him a perfect fit for the new fellowship program. The program which is overseen by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and headed by Professor Marcyliena Morgan, also seeks to incorporate Hip Hop into higher education without losing and compromising what Hip hop is and means to those who introduced it and to those who continue to develop and sustain Hip hop culture. The archive includes books, magazines, recordings, and ephemera that enhance the study of hip-hop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2013/09/16/rapper-nas-join-with-harvard-hiphop-archive/g1mLJ4NRwY381k8VZglYDN/story.html" target="_blank">SOURCE</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/09/15/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.-ecifdtg_pjcrk7z-o9hi_lwxsftveaotadmucni4ae.jpg?1379962811" style="width: 575px; height: 834px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:58:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/179633Imagine That: If Nas Ruled The World<p>In 1996, Nas dropped the personal memoir and hip hop classic, "If I Ruled the World," featuring The Fugees female MC, Lauryn Hill. Filled with optimism for his self as well as for the community, Nas speaks of issues big and small, that concern us all. Nas manifested his destiny while speaking on issues like conscious parenting, better living and quality of life for his children, financial freedom , and traveling around the world. Some may even go as far to say that Nas himself, prophesied the future with the recent legal action that many states have chosen to embrace to allow the public access and use of marijuana without the police intervening or criminal charges being filed. Almost two decades later Complex Magazine examines the lyrics to the track to determine if Nas wishes came to fruition.</p> <p>Check out the full article at <a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2013/09/nas-if-i-ruled-the-world-checklist">Complex</a></p> <p></p> <script height="349px" width="620px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=04NndnZTqiyNlW1aWNVYI6CwMw-4gj0a&pbid=556f8260656c47a4ab49bf6f2dde85f3"></script><p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:45:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/179323Stillmatic: Why Nas Is Still Relevant At 40 <p>Many see growing older as a detriment to success or progress, but Nas does not fall into that category. At the age of 40, the Queensbridge rapper has proven his longevity and frequently adds new measures of success to a career that spans over two decades. Nas reinforced his place in hip hop with the release of his 10th studio album, 2012s Life Is Good, which was nominated for a total of four Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album. In an industry where things get cold and old before they are hot, Nas is still on fire. Life is Good and is only getting better for the MC who continues to tour the world playing sold out concerts and music festivals, serves as the Brand Ambassador for the popular Cognac, Hennessy, and was recently honored by Harvard University with the establishment of the Nasir Jones Fellowship. Nas is also working on a new album and will be appearing in this falls "Black Nativity" which hits theaters this Thanksgiving. Nas career continues to reach new heights and doesnt show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.</p> <p>Check out the rest of the article <a href="http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/happy-birthday-nas-why-the-rappers-still-relevant-at-40" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/09/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.aogb_ysfgelcjizydg42y-wqh6xuy7qk9dpq4gygku.jpg?1379609172" style="width: 552px; height: 368px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178843Praises to the Most High: 40 Compliments That Rappers Have Given Nas Over The Years<p>With a career spanning over two decades, Nas has drawn audiences that both admire his craft and skill set, as well as those who are inspired by the mastery of his talent. Rappers Meek Mill, J. Cole, and Drake discuss how they were inspired by Nas growing up and even studied his lyrical technique for their recent work. Jay Electronica praises Nas as One of the gods, one of the greatest of all time, one of the godfathers of even my own style. when speaking of the MC. Wu-Tangs the RZA proclaimsEscobar is one of the best MCs to ever bless the mic. While legends like Rakim recall they way Nas raised the bar for lyricists in the game with his originality. Vibe Magazine celebrates the birthday of one of hip hops greatest with a collection of compliments received by the MC during his career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/happy-birthday-40-compliments-rappers-given-nas" target="_blank"><strong>SOURCE</strong></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.sbpuy4p6maxfzbc08mrs_xuwbpqebvz5dos4il3ywhe.jpg?1379531572" style="width: 575px; height: 378px;" /></strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:10:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178803The Grand Finale: Nas Celebrates Turning 40 at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas<p>Nas continued his 40th birthday festivities with a post-fight celebration at Las Vegas Tao Nightclub at the Venetian. Dressed to impressed, The Man of Honor arrived in a Waraire Boswell designed gold and black suit that personified The Dons long history of style and finesse as he kicked off the final celebration for his 40th Birthday. Nas along with celebrity guests Dave Chappell and Busta Rhymes sipped Hennessy and Dom Perignon all night while partying with nightclub guests and even reliving some on the MC most loved classics. The evening was filled with Nas tributes from DJ Vice as he dropped Nas singles including If I Ruled the World, Hate Me Now and The Don. Fellow rapper and hip hop great, Busta Rhymes also took the time to pay tribute to Nas and wish him a happy birthday with a toast with the crow while proclaiming Nas as the King of New York. The tributes continued till after 4am with Busta Rhymes educating hyped party goers on just how important Nas and his music is to Hip Hop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hauteliving.com/2013/09/haute-event-nas-headlines-post-fight-party-tao/392825/" target="_blank"><strong>SOURCE</strong></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/12/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.17jiesohnfwhq4jfrwkt9ug2cww7bj6jaaxxmlktjuy.jpg?1379452629" style="width: 575px; height: 381px;" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/06/05/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.zsg-9z88m6blbzyfqy-bhixj2ffkduhb14js7qcbfj8.jpg?1379452648" style="width: 575px; height: 381px;" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.z6gjxr8o2ryru3ctbziwtuaweptxyetxv1wxxvptztc.jpg?1379452665" style="width: 575px; height: 381px;" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/03/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.wmhv_4amnuwzmkg8fns4-zwcp9ichkuniumadndj7u4.jpg?1379452694" style="width: 575px; height: 868px;" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.ec18ny1wes7l3qd0mzvwjp7e-3jkj1y_pzjttac4mpm.jpg?1379452712" style="width: 575px; height: 381px;" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/08/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.fobuwko-1i0yh2_p-tniwtxxizpm_h90xh7htwv5tcm.jpg?1379452726" style="width: 413px; height: 363px;" /></strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:14:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178723Continued Greatness: Nas Reflects on Turning 40<p>Last Thursday, was a memorable night as Nas and Hennessy celebrated The Dons 40th Birthday at a private affair at New York Citys Avenue NYC . Accompanied by his father Olu Dara, brother Jungle, and 19-year-old daughter Destiny Jones, Nas was honored and celebrated by family, friends, and industry executives including Def Jam Executives Sean Pecas and Karen Kwak. The guest of honor and man of the evening took time out to speak to Miss Info to reflect on what its like to reach such a large milestone and finally join the 40s club that his friends have been teasing him about for years. Nas also discusses what we can expect from him as he continues his greatness and adds to his legacy. Before the evening concluded, Nas was presented with a Hublot Classic Fusion watch as a gift from Hennessy Senior VP Rodney Williams.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/nas-interview-40-birthday-miss-info/" target="_blank">SOURCE</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MnnZk86jme8" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:58:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178633Happy Birthday Nas! Complex TV and Friends Wish Nas A Very Happy Birthday!<p>Complex Magazine and Hennessy wish Nas a Happy Birthday as they present a video collection filled with birthday wishes and shot-outs from some of the most influential people in Nas career. Nas longtime collaboration partner, DJ Premier opens the video with a personal message, welcoming Nas to the next stage of his life and career, while wishing him happiness and success in the future. The video features longtime supporters of Nas including childhood friends, Big Uptown QB and Rondu, Bravehearts G-Wiz, Columbia Market Executive Tyesh Harris, producers Marley Marl and Salaam Remi and more delivering heart filled messages commemorating The Dons 40th Birthday.</p> <p>Check out the full article & video<a href="http://www.complex.com/music/2013/09/complextv-presents-nas-birthday-shout-outs-video">HERE</a></p> <script height="349px" width="620px" src="http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=556f8260656c47a4ab49bf6f2dde85f3&ec=52YzFpZTowjZ66owS4Zb25Cbo_Erwq1D"></script><p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:24:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178343It's A Celebration: Day 2 of Nas' Birthday Celebration Kicks off in Vegas<p>Surrounded by close friends and family, Nas kicked off the weekend celebration for his 40th birthday in Las Vegas at The Palazzos LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub. Nas enjoyed a private dinner with friends including Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy, and Diddy in the restaurants private dinning room. After dinner, Nas took to The Boom Box Room at Marquee Nightclub, where he sipped Hennessy and continued the celebration with guest including Music Executive and former Manager, Steve Stoute.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hauteliving.com/2013/09/haute-event-nas-celebrates-40th-birthday-lavo-boom-box-room/392407/" target="_blank">SOURCE</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/14/08/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.p6ovfubp6kd1f548cfc5kqzeg4lya34a8bojluuxmxa.png?1379366691" style="width: 575px; height: 548px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/13/05/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.gnm5nw8oxag4omtrxqptif4k-kxhz5do9fqjo796dtu.jpg?1379366708" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/00/02/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.s1ysnjdc6wn-thmwsvror45jvifg5fek5fgszx-ovgy.jpg?1379366728" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/12/10/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.40c_5huvwrwauhgvbm2m6hbz8omslygxie1loclbgne.jpg?1379366748" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:23:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178333The Don on Turning 40<p>As Nas approaches the next milestone in his life, he reflects on just how "Good" his life has been since the release of his tenth solo album, "Life Is Good." Speaking with the Associated Press, Nas shares feelings of happiness and excitement hes experienced while participating in upcoming projects including new music, film, new business ventures, and the honor of The Nasir Jones Fellowship established at Harvard University this fall. Nas also spoke of working on new music, but says hes more excited to see himself in the upcoming adaptation of Langston Hughes "Black Nativity." The film which opens November 27th co-stars Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson.</p> <p>Check out the full article <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/life-good-nas-turning-40-film-fellowship">here</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/nas-gc/media/07/01/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.syl8of8pc7iyjnwgvf7rwrx1irpwkf7_gmiatrvio5o.jpg?1379362894" style="width: 460px; height: 365px;" /></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://nasirjones.com/">nasirjones.com</a></p>Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0700http://nasirjones.com/news/178023