World Premiere: The Land of Promise
Bonus: The video for Patience finally got on Vevo
The Independent's review of the gig: 5 Stars out of 5: * * * * *
There's always been a natural synergy between hip-hop and reggae: the rebellious sentiment, the headstrong figureheads, all respectively communicating a struggle that seems to transcend their own tribes of followers and find its place on a bigger stage. So it wasn't a complete shock that when Nas and Damian Marley released their collaborative album, Distant Relatives, last year, it resonated with music lovers and critics alike – even though it unashamedly preached about social injustice, poverty and Africa. On stage, it's explosive.
They put on an effortlessly energetic and riotous display, which unfortunately for Erykah Badu, puts a shade on what was a creative and retrospective opening slot from the soulful stalwart. A genuine camaraderie is evident when the pair open with "As We Enter", respectfully sharing the stage as they exchange verses. When it's Nas's turn to shine – he does his own set of hits – Marley slips into the background, rooting for his "brother". There's a lot of back-patting, half-hugs and smiles.
When Marley takes centre stage he carries the air of a fiery evangelical, determined to inspire everyone to think about injustice that little bit more. "I want you to sing from your GUTS!" he commands, when he takes on his father's "War/No More Trouble" melody. Even when the show dips in places, there's other things going on that keep the show lively – like the two backing-vocalists-cum-Zumba-masters and the tireless flag waver, whose sole job is just that for the entire show.
"Africa Must Wake Up" is the pre-encore finale, and then there's a few more Nas songs before the pair wrap up with a tribute to Bob Marley, reminding this gleeful crowd of hip-hop, dancehall and reggae fans that his message for hope is still relevant, and further empowered by this very dynamic duo.
Badu doing Solider: Her speech in the middle is some powerful shit
Hate Me Now (Stadium Status)
Badu, Nas, Damian: Africa Must Wake Up
But he surprised staff at the venue when he insisted on getting a slice of the action – by heading behind the bar to blend his own milkshakes for punters!
Fans couldn’t quite believe it as the international MC mixed it up milky style at the bar. Nas laughed: “That was my first day at work!.”
He posed for photos with delighted fans and shouted 'Can I take your order?'.
Archies’ owner Imran Rafiq couldn’t have been happier with his star guest, and is now to launch a strawberry and Crunchie milkshake in his honour called the ‘Naughty Nas Shake’. (Yeah I dont know about that name Imran lol)
Footage of the visit (How can you not love this guy lol)
Nas, Damian and DJ Green Lantern talk about the tour and their future albums: Click Here to Listen and Here
"GaGa is one of my favourites. Her voice is incredible and she’s fearless and she’s ahead of the game"
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OLSO, NORWAY: Politickin with the gawd Shallah Raekwon. As part of the after party, Nas did his own show with Raekwon. 2 shows in one night? Get that paper gawd...
NAS and MOBB DEEP Reunites on Record for the first time in nearly a decade on Alchemist production!
For the legion of salivating Mobb Deep fans hungry for newness from the dynamic duo, the pair just dropped a new track featuring another Queensbridge legend earlier today.
The track “Dog S—t” features OB vet Nas and the menacing track from The Alchemist and Havoc sets the perfect backdrop for all three of the rappers to shine in their respective ways with the recently freed Prodigy opening the song and a rejuvenated Nas closing out the show.
The track is quite a departure from Prodigy and Mobb Deep’s first post-prison track “Love Ya’ll More” which served as a harmonious love letter to the supporters of the crew. The Mobb’s newest drop is a decidedly different, colder animal with the soulful feel of “Love Ya’ll More” being replaced with straight up New York grit and grime.
Damn, this that pure uncut grimey Queensbridge rap. Nas went in
I was at the Wembley show and it was soooo dope. I didnt think they could top the Hammersmith gig last summer but they smashed it. Last year's show was the gig of the year in London and this one was an early contender for this year (Black Star reuniting in May, Snoop in July and Odd Future in August better step up!) The Mobb Deep track got that grimey sinister vibe from Alchemist and Nas went in. Good to see my boy out there having fun around these parts.