Seeing Nas was indescribable. And that is not a lie. But I’m gonna give it a try anyway.
As a 12 year old girl getting into Hip Hop, it was inevitable to find Nas. I just began to understand the lyrics of songs and Nas, Eminem and Tupac were the first artists I truly respected for what they did. At the age of 14, ‘I know I can’ was my personal anthem. I just got kicked off my first high school and I realized that if I kept doing what I was doing, I would end up pretty bad.
So every day when I woke up, I would just sing the chorus in my head and started the day like it was the first day of the rest of my life.
‘I know I can, Be what I wanna be. If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I wanna be.’
And now, almost 8 years later, he was there. On stage. Right in front of me.
The only thing that convinced me it was real, was all of the people around me. Pushing, yelling, singing along… Doing the same shit that I did. Don’t get me wrong though, the crowd wasn’t hyped up, jumping all over the place. You could even call them rigid. But that was okay, Nas didn’t seem to mind. He was powerful, energetic and full of love, walking across the stage like he owned it. He sat down twice while rhyming, giving his fans hands and love. He even signed a CD on stage, while he kept rapping perfectly on beat.
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I also was very pleased with the tracklist. I thought he would do a lot of tracks off his latest 2012 album ‘Life is Good’ and he did, especially in the beginning, but not in a way that was prevailing.
Later on he did a lot of his old(er) tracks. Hate me now, If I ruled the world, It ain’t hard to tell.. He did all of them. And of course he did I know I can, which gave me goosebumps. Of some tracks he only did small parts, snippets. Others he performed in total. DJ Green Lantern and Nat Cole King’s nephew Eddie (that was on the drums and vocals) gave it that little extra touch.
Throughout the show, the guy next to me amazed me by spittin’ every single lyric, old and new. He told me he had been to every Nas show he could, and still loves it. ‘It’s just the experience,’ he said, ‘of seeing a real MC like Nas do his thing on stage, knowing he’s been doing this for years and yet he still makes every single time feels special.’ Of course I wouldn’t know about that since this my first time..
But it felt special alright.