Classical Hip Hop: Nas Rocks The Kennedy Center

n1When I think of Nasir Jones, I think of a voice of a generation. Nas has entertained us and enlightened us for over 2 decades. Nas is a living legend. I would also like to add that he looks amazing for a man in his almost mid forties.  I would assume it is good living and he has a great spirit.

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It has been over 2 scores since Nas’  album critically acclaimed release. Nas  got together with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Nas traded in his jeans and timbs for a nice fitting tuxedo and believe me his performance  was not compromised. He brought that same energy to the stage per usual.  I felt the triumph and love of hip hop through his smoky voice. His delivery was as sharp as a dagger.

 

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I relieved my youth while watching his stellar performance. I felt a great sense of pride to see hip hop evolve to it’s current level and it’s still growing.  Nas has a permanent spot on favorite rappers of all time. Nas’ album is literally one of the greatest rap albums produces. Believe me this is not my biased opinion because I am a huge Nas fan, the world feels the same. 20 plus years later, ‘Illmatic’ still can hold its own in the genre of rap and still is a fave of many.

‘Illmatic’ certified Gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 17, 1996 after shipping 500,000 copies; the RIAA later certified Illmatic Platinum on December 11, 2001, following shipments in excess of a million copies.

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Nas grew up in the Queensbridge housing projects in Queens NY. Nas is the first born of jazz great Olu Dara and Postal Worker Fannie Ann Jones. Nas also has a brother Jabari Jones b.k.a Jungle who is also a rapper.

Hip hop is forever grateful for Nas’ contribution to the culture.

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