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Nas: Time Is Illmatic


Damn, I feel like this year I’ve been checking a lot off my bucket list. BLESSED.

Last night, I got to witness my favorite rapper perform my favorite album. I don’t think I can properly articulate how amazing it was. I just don’t think it’s possible, but I will try.

I made it a point to leave work early, so I could get dolled up for the second love of my life; Nas. Don’t judge me. Just my luck, nothing was working out. I couldn’t find anything to wear, my hair wouldn’t curl and I redid my makeup (mostly just the eyes) like 5 million times (5 times) until I got so frustrated that I just took it all off, lol. I was a mess to say the least. My hair ended up cooperating and I did my makeup and left it very minimal ( I woke up like dis).  I was ready to go.

After we left the house, it seemed like everything was just working out so well. Little to no traffic to get there. We all know parking sucks, especially in Downtown LA, but we parked right next the venue and we didn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for convenient parking; a reasonable $10. There wasn’t a huge line to get in, and once we were inside it felt so intimate. They couldn’t have picked a better venue – The Orpheum Theater was beautiful!  I think that’s why I loved this venue. As we walked in, I instantly spotted the Producer of Time Is Illmatic , One9. I approached him and talked to him about the film, I explained that I didn’t want to watch the film prior to this concert because I wanted to get the full experience. He was extremely humble and it was dope to briefly talk to him about the documentary.

We made our way to our seats, with help from the awesome staff. Our seats were perfect! We sat on the first row of the balcony area; we could see everything! While we waited for the show to start, they had a DJ entertaining us and a dope slideshow that included pictures of Nas, his father Olu Dara, the producers of Illmatic and more. We all waited anxiously for the documentary to begin.

The documentary starts and the theater is filled with excitement and cheers. Throughout the  film, we feel many emotions. We see the pain through the eyes of Nas. As I explained to One9, as a fan,  I was already familiar with Nas’ story, but it doesn’t compare to actually seeing him speak on some of the most impactful events of his life. I extremely recommend this film to everyone. It’s so much more than just hip-hop, it shines a light on society and how it has failed us. I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll leave it at that.

The film finishes and out comes Nas. For a second, I couldn’t grasp the fact that there he was, the second love of my life, performing NY State of Mind. Epic. I stood up the entire time and rhymed along with him. It was everything. The sound of Nas and the entire crowd yelling “Hip-hop! Hip-hop!” will forever resonate in my head.

By far the best event I have ever been to. Inspirational on so many levels.

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