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    NasNas @ The Hammerstein Ballroom

    December 28, 2007

    Only the biggest Hip Hop heads were in attendance at the Nas concert at the Hammerstein, this past Wednesday night. Even as it started to hail outside the venue, diehard Nas fans remained as amped up as ever. Nas, who has been in the game for over fifteen years, has always been known for his complex lyrics and smooth flow. He has been recognized for being a true Hip Hop artist, which is rare in a world of “ringtone music”, as HOT 97’s Mr. Cee pointed out at the concert. After playfully kicking HOT 97 mixer, DJ Juanito off the stage for playing Soulja Boy, “The Finisher” commenced into playing the hottest hip hop tracks- throwback at noon style. Finally Nas graced the stage wearing a crisp white tee, with the words “Peace is my Religion” across the front. His gold dookie chain was massive with a canary diamond encrusted Egyptian head pendant. The rapper performed his hits, including classics from his acclaimed first album Illmatic. Legendary producer Marley Marl, was the DJ of the night and was accompanied by a live band. Nas brought Def Jam songbird Chrisette Michelle to perform, “Can’t Forget About You” from his most recent album “Hip Hop is Dead”. Chrisette sounded flawless as she sported a new cropped ‘do. The Bravehearts who haven’t performed together in over ten years performed “Oochie Wally”. Surprise guest, Busta Rhymes appeared towards the end of the concert, in a interesting belted white fur coat, of course sporting his myriad of heavily encrusted jewelry. He performed “New York Sh*t” and “Put Your Hands Where the Eyes Can See” after which he made sure to let the audience know that Nas was indeed, the king of New York. The night concluded with Nas performing street anthem “Made You Look”. Nas never fails to bring the heat when he’s on stage, and one can only wait for his next controversially titled album to be released next year.

     –Anita S.N.

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