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NAS | the AU review
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Single Stream: Madonna Featuring Nas "Veni Vidi Vici" (2015)

She came, she saw, she conquered; that's the bio of pop queen Madonna and now she has captured that story in a twisted electronic pop track with the one and only Nas. As she spits a low-tone rap, telling the story of her long and fabled career she inspired Nas to come out and kick his own autobiographical rhymes. Both get incredibly personal on the track, while the production constantly flips between the acoustic hook and incendiary bass-assisted verses. The single is taken from her upcoming album Rebel Heart will is scheduled for a U.S release on March 10th.

Live Review: Nas + MC Dusk - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (23.01.14)

The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer.

Photo Gallery: Sugar Mountain Festival - Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne (24.01.15)

The boutique festival Sugar Mountain returned to Melbourne yesterday following a year off in 2014, moving to its new home of the Victorian College of the Arts for a day of music, arts and great times. Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the epic day:

Photo Gallery: Nas - The Tivoli, Brisbane (20.01.15)

Bringing the iconic Illmatic album to Australia for the Sugar Mountain Festival, Nas delivered classic hip hop to the Tivoli in Brisbane. Andrew was there and caught some of the action for the AU

Nas announces Melbourne sideshow while his Sydney show sells out!

New York MC Nas will be performing a one-night-only Sugar Mountain sideshow at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 25th January. Performing his 1994 album Illmatic along with other Nas classics, this show is sure to sell out.

the AU playlist: Nas - 12 non-Illmatic Nas tracks we can't get enough of

There's no use arguing the dominance of Nas, he sits atop rap's elite as the quintessential master craftsman of hip hop. While his seminal debut Illmatic is the most regarded of his works, Nas has enjoyed a consistency throughout his two-decade career that is rarely seen in hip hop. In celebration of the recent announcement that Nas will perform his 10-track debut in full (alongside other hits) around Australia, we reflect on this artist's body of work and dig up a few non-Illmatic tracks - unreleased and released - to remind us all that it isn't just Illmatic Nas is revered for.

Nas will take Illmatic tour around Australia in January

Legendary emcee Nas made waves in the hearts and minds of every hip-hop fan in the country when he was announced as the headliner for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival; now he is set to spread the mass hysteria even further as he takes his exciting Illmatic tour around Australia to Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth.

Nas announces Australian Illmatic tour!

One of the greatest MCs ever to touch the mic, and for the first time ever, Nas will perform his 1994 Illmatic album live from start to finish. To celebrate the album’s twentieth anniversary and with Nas taking his sold out tour all over the globe, it’s Australia’s turn now! The tour will coincide with the Time is Illmatic doco which is set for a release in January.

Nas debuts new single at Run The Jewels album release party

Hip hop icon Nas has a proud look on his face as he humbly surprises the small group of guests at the album release party for the latest Run The Jewels album RTJ2. The acclaimed emcee joins El-P and Killer Mike on the small stage and proceeds to state how proud he is at having RTJ part of his Mass Appeal label, and that what they are doing has inspired his new material, right before he drops a brand new track that uses a jazzy beat made by the late great J Dilla. Title "The Season", our snippet of the track plays out like a classic Nas record with bravado and clever wordplay twisted over the catchy horn sample. Check the video out below, we'll have the full stream when the track is officially released.

Sugar Mountain Festival bringing everyone from Nas to Ariel Pink to Melbourne

After taking a year off, Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival is back, bringing with it a massive expansion which will see a great range of artists perform on the day. Now bigger than the shoes built or it, the event will be moving from it's traditional venue of The Forum Theatre to the Victorian College of Arts (VCA) in Southbank, and it will certainly be needing the space with an ambitious line-up of music and visual artists planned.

Festival Review: Lollapalooza (Day Two) ft. The Temper Trap + Grouplove + Foster the People + Outkast - Grant Park, Chicago (02.08.14)

Day Two of Lolla started later for a lot of people, I gathered, with Friday night's aftershow/party antics continuing well on into the early hours of Saturday morning. Nursing a Red Bull, I arrived back at Grant Park on Saturday afternoon to a party which was already well cranked.

Fun Fun Fun Fest Announces 2014 Lineup!

The independent genre based festival,Fun Fun Fun Fest, as just announced their lineup for the fest happening in November 7-9 in Austin, Texas. FFF Fest welcomes for the first time in 25 years Judas Priest (pictured). Also included in the lineup are Neutral Milk Hotel, Nas, Death Cab For Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, and King Diamond. Full of all different genres, there's something for everyone.

Five of our favourite guest appearances at Coachella

Coachella 2014 was awash with amazing artist cameos, speaking highly to the collaborative vibe at one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Some were expected, some weren't, but all added to a very memorable couple of weekends. Here are 5 of our favourite moments.

Feature: 20 Years of Nas' Illmatic

Released on April 19 in 1994, Nas' seminal debut Illmatic has remained the most lauded hip-hop album of all time; constantly and consistently listed as the greatest achievement any emcee has ever crafted. 20 years later and these accolades continue, as new generations discover Nas' first - and arguably, only – masterpiece [It Was Written and Stillmatic were 8's; 9's at best].

Album Review: Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013 LP)

“I hope my black skin don’t dirt this white tuxedo/before the Basquiat show”