Nas Played Illmatic With An Orchestra And It Was Every Bit The Religious Experience We Hoped For

Nasty joined Dave Chappelle for a Radio City Music Hall perforance.

NEW YORK — Dave Chappelle is in the middle of a bit of a comeback tour, in the form of a 10-show run at Radio City Music Hall. That in itself would be reason enough for his legion of patient fans (like me) to celebrate. But the comedian decided to up the ante, by inviting musical guests to co-headline with him for some of the shows. Like Nas. Performing Illmatic. With an orchestra. On Monday night.

And yes, it was as immaculate as you might have imagined.

As a large screen at the back of the stage flashed images of Nas, each accompanied by a year, counting down from 2014 to 1994 (the year of Illmatic’s release), the orchestra played him in. And Esco arrived just in time to deliver his legendary opening verse to “N.Y. State of Mind.”

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