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Nas at Village Underground Review

Nas Village Underground king

Nas needs no introduction to anyone who has owned a Radio or listened to music in the past 20 years. He is an absolute legend in Hip Hop, releasing one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums, that has inspired many other rappers and has a back catalogue full of the sort of hits you could only dream of writing. He is one of the Kings of Hip Hop.

The crowd of The Village Underground  were very aware of these facts and the excitement was crashing around the room from the moment you walked into the doors. This was admittedly made worse by the fact that Nas, who was on at 10, did not really have any support and the doors were open at 7:30. This made the packed crowd restless and needy but not in a bad way, it just seemed to fuel the fire.

After a poet came out and started rhyming about abortion for five minutes it was finally time for Nas to come on Stage. Accompanied by a groove laid down by one of the best Hip Hop DJ's around, DJ Green Lantern, Nas triumphantly entered stage left and started doing what he does best. From the first moment when he came out spitting lyrics for 'No Introduction' the place erupted in cheers, head bopping and body movement. This was increased ten fold when he next broke into 'NY State of Mind'. The next hour or so was a true example of Hip Hop majesty, with minute and a half long versions of hit songs and new songs off his latest album, 'Life is Good', weaved together with a lyrically mastery and a New York swagger.

After giving the fans what they wanted and playing a few songs from his debut and various other stone cold tunes, he then invited a 'friend' onstage, in the form of UK Hip Hopper Wretch 32. Although this was a a big moment for many in the crowd and admittedly a nice touch by Nas, there were a few who were indifferent about the rappers appearance, whose music is very different  from the man himself.

The last few songs were one of the highlights as Nas expertly ran through, 'Got Yourself A Gun', 'Made You Look' and finished on the legendary One Mic. No encore, just song after song and then he was gone. He may be old in the Rap game with all these younger acts with differing styles appearing but he can still stand there with the best of them and has the songbook and flow to prove it.

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