Tomorrow will mark the 20th year since Nas released his debut album Illmatic, and 20 years later not only has he been labeled as a hip hop legend in just that city of New York but worldwide. For the past few months the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the legendary album has been endless. This week Nas released Illmatic XX, which is a remastered version of the original album along with unreleased remixes and an unreleased track, “I’m a Villian”. Aside from that, there has also been a number of interviews that have been released. These interviews shed light on Nas’s upbringing in the Queensbridge section of Queens, NY. Along with reflections from hip hop heavyweights who talk about Nas’s journey as well as his huge impact on the hip hop game. Nas also performed the entire Illmatic album in it’s entirety last month at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as apart of his “One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival.
Just this past Wednesday the documentary Time Is Illmatic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary talks about the making of the album as well as the influence it has had on the hip hop culture and even the musical impact Nas’s father Olu Dara has had on him.
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With spring in full effect the festival season has fallen upon us and this weekend all of your favorite celebs flocked to Indio, CA for the annual Cochella Music & Arts Festival. Some of the highlights from the festival included the highly anticipated Outkast reunion as the duo celebrated 20 years. Also Nas brought out Jay- Z during his set as he has been celebrating 20 years since he dropped his debut album Illmatic. The Knowles sisters Beyonce & Soloange danced it up on stage to Solo’s hit “Losing You” and many more memorable moments.
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Can you believe Beyoncé has been touring for nearly a year now?? That’s a whole lot of shows, dancing, singing and performances for one person. But if anyone could do it, best believe it would be Beyoncé. With the final show now in the books, Beyoncé and her people put together a short farewell video with highlights of their experiences.
Did you all go to any of the shows? What were your favorite parts? Let me know in the comments but check out the farewell video below:
It seems like a lot of singers nowadays just spend a year or more on the road and touring. I feel like Rihanna is one of those people. Takes a break here and there but for the most part, keeps it moving. And it seems like she loves it because she just announced on her Facebook page that she will be touring this summer with Eminem for The Monster Tour.
Two of music’s biggest superstars, Rihanna and Eminem, will be joining forces this summer for a series of co-headlining stadium shows when they launch The Monster Tour. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 7 at the Rose Bowl with shows then lined up in New York City’s Metlife Stadium on Saturday, August 16 and Detroit’s Comerica Park on Friday, August 22.
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Ariana Grande, known as “The Voice” of her generation was invited to Washington D.C., to sing for the In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul concert series. The beautiful songstress, also known as Cat on Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, tackled Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing in front of President Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Right by her side to console the nervous singer before her performance was Patti LaBelle with a warm embrace. Can you imagine being the youngest singer in a room full of great talent, having Patti LaBelle give you her blessing? What a moment! Ariana Grande definitely showed her age when she “what’s up” the first family, but she ended her set with a strong vocal performance:
Mr. President, Mrs. Obama…What’s up? How are you? Good to see ya. It’s good…is it all good? Alright, good.
Performers of the night included, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin of The Voice, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, as the R-E-S-P-E-C-T honoree of the night Aretha Franklin. Being President has its privileges! Man I can’t wait to see Jill Scott’s performance!