Arriving at a sold out KOKO, I wouldn’t say I had high expectations considering this wasn’t billed as an actual Nas concert performance but an after party with Nas making a guest appearance. I was hopeful he would just show up and maybe spit a verse or two.
Based on the billed Nas appearance the venue was packed and buzzing as if it was an actual concert.
DJ Shortee Blitz and host Trinigladiator warmed up the crowd with a fantastic set. Celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop mixing various classics from across the five decades.
Then it was time! At 12.45am one of the greatest Hip Hop artists of all time casually walks on stage dressed in an all black fitted suit with a glass of Hennessy in one hand whilst he place the bottle by the turntables and put an arm around DJ Shortee Blitz where I assumed he said “Play the classics” and that’s what we got for the next hour straight.
Considering he’d just completed a world tour alongside the mighty Wu-Tang back from shutting down a sold out O2 Arena.
Nas was in a jovial mood and seemed genuinely moved by all the love he received from the Koko crowd tonight.
This was reminiscent of the legendary after parties Prince was infamous for. We basically got a Nas greatest hits concert.
After 45 minutes of continuous hits from his near flawless 30year career featuring “Nas is Like, got yourself a gun, if I ruled the world and more…” In a shock surprise Nas brought out Ghostface Killah, Raekwan and Inspector Deck from legendary Wu-Tang Clan who ran through some of their timeless cuts including a super rare performance of “Verbal Intercourse” with Rae, Nas and Ghost supreme form before handing back to a now merrily drunken Nas who closed out with some classics from Iconic Illmatic Album before this amazing night was done
All in attendance were thoroughly impressed, rapping along to verses and singing choruses enjoying every minute.
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