Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) — Nas celebrated 20 years since his debut album Illmatic hit shelves at the Hennessy V.S. Super Bowl After Party in New York City on Sunday night.
Hours after the Seattle Seahawks triumphed over the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the Queens-bred rapper performed his classic hits, backed by a live band.
“This city, right here, I’m so proud to be from,” Nas told hundreds of invitation-only guests, which included Jay Z and Beyonce. “When I think about the road we walked on. [It’s been] 20 years since Illmatic dropped.”
Dedicating his performance to an imprisoned friend, Nas then performed his hits, including “N.Y. State of Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” and “If I Ruled the World.”
Nas also recognized Outkast reuniting at Coachella 2014 later this year. “[Stuff] like that makes me excited for the genre,” Nas said. He then performed a version of the Atlanta duo’s 2001 hit, “So Fresh, So Clean.”
The evening also featured performances by Kelly Rowland and Fantasia.
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