The audience was fairly still at the iHeartRadio Theatre Friday (August 24), but not for lack of interest. They were entranced, as Nas bobbed and weaved through 15-year-old flows when performing his extensive catalogue. Fans across the room watched in awe and pensively mouthed every word. “Y’all too quiet out there!” DJ Green Lantern soon chimed but the intimate theatre underpinned a longstanding fact in hip-hop: when Nas speaks, you listen.
Which is why his latest Billboard 200 No. 1 album, “Life is Good,” has garnered so much acclaim. The Queens MC tells all on his 10th studio LP: musing on his ex-wife, singer Kelis, teenage daughter, immense inventory, and lengthy career. On stage, he sported the same positive veneer that defines “Life is Good.” “That shit wasn’t rap, that was real life,” he mentioned between tracks, “and people love it. I still can’t believe it. I still can’t believe we even get to be here.”
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