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Review: Nas at the Roundhouse June 5

In Hip Hop by Jaimz Childs

On Friday night hip hop fans, waited eagerly to hear what some consider, the greatest hip hop album of all time. Putting on an ecstatic performance Nas hit the Roundhouse to perform his debut album Illmatic.

DJ Tim Westwood started the show playing East coast bangers like ‘Shook Ones Pt. 2’ by Mobb Deep to more contemporary hits like ‘Legend’ by Drake, his set had something for everyone. The crowd was a mixture of ethnicities and age ranges from teenagers to people in their early fifties.

With DJ Green Lantern on deck, Nas blessed the stage in a blue, red and white matching bucket hat and jacket with Timberlands, looking fresh out of the 90s. A massive projector provided a cinematic element, showing a New York subway whilst ‘The Genesis’ played. The energy reached an all-time high when Nas kicked off the show with the lyrics “Rappers, I monkey flip ’em with the funky rhythm I be kickin’”.

Going through classics like ‘The World Is Yours’, ‘One Love’ and ‘Represent’, what was really cool was the blending of original samples such as ‘Human Nature’ by Michael Jackson with Nas’ songs ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’. After performing Illmatic, he went on to popular songs like ‘If I Ruled the World’ where the crowd sang along to the chorus.

No longer the 20 year old kid who created Illmatic, Nas brought out and wished his daughter Destiny happy birthday. Ending the show with ‘One Mic’, Nas created a musical experience that brought us to Queensbridge Projects whilst exploring the rest of the globe.