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Fri 16 Jan 2015–Sun 18 Jan 2015, 8:00pm
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Powerstation, 33-35 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: TheRobinFernando

Robin Fernando, Mai FM and Under the Radar Present Nas Illmatic 20th Anniversary Tour With DJ Green Lantern

Robin Fernando, Mai FM and Under The Radar are psyched to announce the Nas Illmatic 20th Anniversary tour, bringing the hip hop legend to New Zealand’s shores for two shows, in Auckland and Wellington on 17 and 18 January 2015.

Amidst the fickle, ephemeral beast that is popular hip-hop, Nas has remained a vital and relevant force across 10 albums and 20 years. With music in his blood, Nas wrote his first verse at age 7 and, with 1994’s Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink. 2014 sees the 20th anniversary of the seminal Illmatic; the release of a special edition, titled Illmatic XX, as well as a worldwide tour.

It seems almost trite today to discuss the universal impact and acclaim that Illmatic had on
rap. Put simply: the album has long been considered a masterpiece not just in hip hop,
but music as a whole, inspiring countless subsequent rappers and establishing Nas as the
most vivid storyteller of urban life since Rakim and Chuck D. Whether it’s rhyming about politics, hip hop, race, religion, other artists or personal relationships, Nas has consistently brought unparalleled and unprecedented levels of honesty wrapped up in his signature poetic wordplay.

Bringing his epic and universally acclaimed back catalogue to New Zealand shores (2011’s Life is Good was hailed as his ‘most emotionally raw record’ since Illmatic by MTV), this is a chance to see the hip hop heavyweight in his element, spitting the rhymes that saw him begin an upwards trajectory that shows no sign of slowing. Taking the stage at Auckland’s Powerstation (17 January) and Wellington’s James Cabaret (18 January), this is a chance to see one of rap’s finest in two of the country’s finest venues. Get in quick to see hip-hop’s greatest poet in his element celebrating twenty years of Illmatic and beyond. Nas’ catalog speaks for itself.

Nas is joined at both shows by esteemed hip-hop producer DJ Green Lantern, who has served as DJ of the Shady Records family and produced tracks for the likes of Ludacris, D-Block, and a noted remix of the Nas and Tupac collaboration Thugz Mansion. As a radio host Green Lantern a renowned personality, helping to break new underground hip-hop including Ghostface Killah. He curated the fictional radio station “The Beat 102.7” on Grand Theft Auto IV, featuring as a host to millions of gamers worldwide. Nas and DJ Green Lantern are joined in Auckland by DJ Sir Vere and in Wellington DJ Raw and Dam-G.

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