Hip-Hop witnessed Nas mature into a revered intellectual that’s showing MCs how to naturally grow with the culture from the chip-toothed poet from Queensbridge. As further proof, performed Illmatic in its entirety at a pair of sold out shows at Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 28 and March 29, respectively.
But this wasn’t an ordinary show. A dapper Nasty Nas was backed by the 40-member National Symphony Orchestra and DJ Green Lantern during the performance. The special concert was a part of the One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, and followed a live conversation with professor Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University about his 1994 debut.
See Nas perform “The World Is Yours” below. Tell us about your favorite Illmatic moment in the comments.