NAS Announces “Illmatic” Tour

Today marks exactly 30 years since the then-20-year-old Nas released the album “Illmatic.” The record is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album, the legend from Queensbridge will be making stops across Europe during a 15-day tour.

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Nas also commemorated the 30th anniversary of “Illmatic” with the release of a new track, “Define My Name,” produced by DJ Premier – who produced several tracks on the timeless classic (“N.Y. State of Mind,” “Represent,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)”).

“Illmatic” isn’t just one of the best hip-hop albums but also one of the finest records across any genre. Every bar from Nas is personal, purposeful, and loaded, painting a vivid picture of what it meant to grow up in New York in the ’90s. Each sample-laden beat is distinctive and razor-sharp in its execution, coming from a dream team of production talent including DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, and L.E.S.

The platinum RIAA-certified LP features modern classics like “N.Y State of Mind,” “Halftime,” “The World Is Yours,” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.” Thirty years later, Illmatic remains the benchmark for how great rap can be. In October and November, the legendary rapper Nas will be heading to Europe to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his iconic album ‘Illmatic.’


October 2024

  • Tue 22: Helsinki, Finland – House of Culture
  • Thurs 24: Stockholm, Sweden – B-K
  • Fri 25: Copenhagen, Denmark – Kb Hallen
  • Sun 27: Cologne, Germany – Palladium
  • Wed 30: Milan, Italy – Fabrique
  • Thurs 31: Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622

November 2024

  • Sat 2: Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
  • Sun 3: Berlin, Germany – Uber Eats Music Hall
  • Tue 5: Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
  • Thurs 7: Paris, France – Le Zenith
  • Fri 8: Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle Offenbach
  • Sun 10: Manchester, UK – Victoria Warehouse
  • Mon 11: Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall
  • Thurs 14: Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
  • Fri 15: London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
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