Nas & Blitz take over NYC’s Hunter College
Nas performing “One Mic” at his Hunter College show
Your girl Kiki had the privilege of catching a backstage view of one of the most talented lyricists in concert.
We’re talking about Nas, the “street disciple and political voice of hip-hop”, as he refers to himself.
Although Kelis just filed for divorce a day earlier, Nas came out smiling in rainy NYC weather on Friday, and did not disappoint the excited Hunter College students one bit.
The kids chanted “Braveheart!” as he walked out to the stage and put his all into old joints like “Street Dreams”, “I want To Talk To You”, as well as recent hits like “Black President”.
Nas overcame the weak sound system with his distinct voice and passionate performance. He had the young students clinging on to every word and singing along to every song.
In terms of what Nas has in the works for the near future, he recenty told Billboard Magazine that he and Damian Marley have been working in L.A. on an album together.
Although details are unconfirmed, it is said that a portion of the album’s proceeds will go toward building a school in Africa.
He is also producing his first film, a documentary based on A Tribe Called Quest.
Nas recently spoke to the Associated Press about his upcoming plans to address the homeless issue in America:
“We have it good here in America. We’re spoiled,” he said. “We don’t realize that people are poor, don’t have food, no water in this same world we live in. Those are the things I’m concerned with and need to talk about,” he added.
Opening acts on Friday night included TK Wonder, with her human beatboxer Taylor McFerrin, as well as Ghana-born rapper Blitz the Ambassador.
Blitz the Ambassador
We got a chance to catch Blitz in action, as he got the crowd going with energetic performances of songs like “Breathe” and “Home”, which included a live brass band.
Blitz’s debut album, Stereotype, is out August 4th
Stay tuned for an interview with the Brooklyn-based lyricist coming soon!
Check out a couple videos of Nas’ performance:
Nas opens with “Hip Hop is Dead” (video takes about one minute to get into it)
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Images: Monifa Skerritt-Perry