Nas releasing Kanye-produced LP, doing NYC pop-up for ‘Illmatic’ live LP, touring
Nas hasn't released an album since 2012's very solid Life Is Good, but that will change this year. His first album in six years is produced by Kanye West and due on June 15. Kanye revealed the news after revealing the news of his own two albums and a couple others. He tweeted, "I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place 😂Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah...," before adding "Nas June 15th."
While we wait for that, Nas just released the live album Illmatic Live From The Kennedy Center this past weekend for Record Store Day. It's a recording of the symphonic performance of the classic Illmatic that Nas did with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center two decades after the original album's release. (You may have seen the PBS special.) If you missed out on scoring a copy on Record Store Day, you can order one from Mass Appeal and/or stream it in full below.
Nas is also currently celebrating the release of the album with a pop-up in NYC that runs through this Sunday (4/29). It's open 11 AM to 7 PM through Saturday and noon to 6 PM on Sunday:
Nas hasn't announced a proper 2018 tour (yet?), but he's playing a handful of cool festivals and big one-offs this year. Those include Grizzly Fest in California with Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, and more; Atlanta Funk Fest; a Detroit show with Erykah Badu; Red Rocks with Black Star and Pusha T, the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Erykah Badu, Method Man & Redman, Rapsody, and more; the just-announced Lost Lake Festival: and more. All dates are listed below, and stay tuned for possibly more TBA.
Nas -- 2018 Tour Dates (more TBA?)
Sat, May 12, 2018 The Bomb Factory Dallas, TX
Fri, May 18, 2018 Grizzly Fest Fresno, CA
Sat, May 19, 2018 Atlanta Funk Fest College Park, GA
Sat, Jun 9, 2018 Moose's Tooth Pub Anchorage, AK
Sat, Jun 23, 2018 Chene Park Amphitheater Detroit, MI w/ Erykah Badu
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 Wolf Lake Memorial Park Hammond, IN
Tue, Jul 31, 2018 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison , CO w/ Black Star, Pusha T
Sat, Aug 4, 2018 Summer Spirit Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
Oct 19-21, 2018 Lost Lake Festival Phoenix, AZ