Posts Tagged ‘Nas’

Nas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Illmatic, the debut album by Nas that set the gold standard for East Coast hip hop, came out. Actually no, when you see Nas rapping in a tuxedo backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, it’s not that hard to believe. For rock bands like Metallica, doing [...]

Donald Byrd, Pioneering Jazz Trumpeter Who Left a Mark on D.C., Has Died

Donald Byrd, a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who spent several years in Washington as founding director of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, died at his Delaware home on Feb. 4. He was 80 years old.
After nearly a week of rumors, scads of unconfirmed reports, and a Facebook announcement [...]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: D.C.’s Signature Fall Social, Believe It or Not

As the sun set on Virgin Mobile FreeFest Saturday, Merriweather Post Pavilion’s panoramic lawn harbored buzz-fed patrons enjoying chicken strips and those lemonade cups that exist to be spiked with clear spirits. Seven p.m. felt like a universally agreed-upon time to chill.
Legacy-act sets are perfect for clapping politely from your camping chair, but ZZ Top [...]

Here’s Your Virgin Mobile FreeFest Schedule

The annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest is set for Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and if you're one to plan ahead for a day of concertgoing, here's the schedule of performances. Looks like you can get all your local listening done early: Dismemberment Plan, Alvin Risk, and (the totally ascendant) Volta Bureau all play before dinner.
The schedule seems to [...]

Dismemberment Plan Is Playing The Roots Picnic (Or: Questlove Wasn’t Shitting Us)

Remember that time Questlove became The Dismemberment Plan's biggest fan when the D.C. indie rockers played some songs on Late Night? At the time, the Roots drummer tweeted:
If we got dsmbrmtpln for The Roots Picnic would longtime fans support? These mofos are tight!!!!!
Turns out he wasn't fooling around. The lineup of The Roots' annual festival in [...]

Reviewed: Victory Lap by RAtheMC

In August, Largo native RAtheMC released her energetic Heart Of A Champion album to significant local fanfare.
Not long before dropping the project, the fashionable lyricist inked a deal with the D.C.-based Studio43 imprint, whose roster boasts names like X.O., Gordo Brega, and AB the Producer. (Once upon a time, Wale was a Studio43 MC before signing [...]

This Week’s Greatest Hits on Arts Desk: Minor Threat on eBay, Avatar, Lots of Reggae

Minor Threat Drummer Sells Test Pressing for Nearly $6,000
Oh, That Avatar Review Embargo? It's Off!
Distant Relatives at National Geographic
BREAKING: New Yorker's Tad Friend Names Tad Friend Greatest Author Ever
Rules for Would-Be Interviewers of Lee "Scratch" Perry

Distant Relatives at National Geographic

Notes on Nas/Damian Marley Distant Relatives Conference

Tonight in Music: Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

It’s OK to be slightly suspicious of Distant Relatives, the upcoming collaboration between rapper Nas and reggae scion Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley—it’s got some potential for preciousness, even if both men know how to bring the grit. Their sincerity, however, is indisputable: The goal is to celebrate the historic links between Afro-Jamaican music and American [...]

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