News: Nas Hooks Up W/ Music Pioneer For "Illmatic"'s 20th Anniversary

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 11:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Nas has reportedly decided to hook back up with longtime music pal DJ Premier for an upcoming event launching next month.

According to reports, Nasty Nas and Preemo will both team up for March's BUKU Music + Art Project.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas will be hitting the stage with DJ Premier to perform the classic album in its entirety at the 2014 BUKU Music + Art Project. Besides the Queens legend running through the 1994 Hip Hop masterpiece, other rap stars scheduled to appear at the 2-day festival include Chance The Rapper, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tyler The Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, and Danny Brown. Big Freedia will also be on hand for the "Twerk Lesson" fan interactive experience. Artists from various genres will perform across five stages including the VIP-Only stage located aboard the S.S. BUKU riverboat. The 18 & over event is taking place at Mardi Gras World on March 21- 22, 2014. (AHH)

Despite dropping Stillmatic in 2001, Nas recently admitted an Illmatic 2 was not a ludicrous idea.

Nas says that his next album is well under way and fans should expect the new project this year. The veteran MC also touched on the idea of an Illmatic 2. "Yes and No, I've thought about it before," Nas tells VIBE on whether he would want to record a sequel to his debut album. "I definitely though about that. It just has to flow, it has to be natural. I can work on that and if I don't like it [just scrap it]," Nas continues. "I have to feel it. It got to to be honest." (VIBE)

In summer 2012, Nas spoke on Illmatic drawing on various jazz connections.

"A couple of years ago, I just started to really appreciate the opportunities that I've had, the places that I've traveled and the people I met and just the life that God gave me. So I felt like 'life is good' was a positive message that we should just say to each other during such challenging times. Just have to remember the important things, you know? A lot of producers that I like, they sample a lot of jazz. They are inspired by jazz, so a lot of their music comes out that way. So a lot of the stuff I rapped on sounds like jazz. I was talking to Sting one time and he had heard Illmatic -- someone played it for him -- and he said, 'It's a jazz album!' I love that he said that because I got jazz in my soul." (MTV)

"God's Son" previously talked about needing to get familiar with Illmatic tribute records.

"I wanna get a chance to sit down and vibe to those sh*ts 'cause those are not records that I just wanna play," Nas, who said he's flattered whenever MCs pay homage to Illmatic, told XXL. "Those are records I wanna sit down and really get into and see what the h*ll they about on the sh*t. That's some cool sh*t, though. Real cool sh*t. I love that they did it." (XXL Mag)

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