We’re set to experience one of the best hiphop albums of all time. Celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary in April, Nas’s Illmatic was a game-changing record which helped kick-start the resurgence of New York hiphop in the mid ’90s. It’s an album that struggles between optimism and nihilism, the mood shifting, between lines and songs, at a moments notice, as Nas strives to realise his world-beating ambitions in the midst of conflict and deprivation. Far from allowing teenage angst to overwhelm him, the rapper is often alarmingly cool headed and pragmatic, even when cold despondency seeps in through the cracks.
Please note this is a seated event starting at 12 (noon) sharp, kicking off with context music and a proper introduction. Full album playback starts at 1pm. Food and drinks will be available, and anyone who comes for CAS will get in free to the following dance party, which starts at 3pm at Nowadays.
New York City
Time and Date: Sunday May 19th 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave. Ridgewood, NY 11385
Barbie Bertisch, Paul Raffaele