It’s official, Nas has been tapped to headline the Essence Now Playing concert this summer.
The rapper, who recently headlined the 2014 Coachella Music Festival, will take the stage to help kick off the 20th Anniversary of Essence Festival weekend.
“ESSENCE is excited to welcome hip-hop legend and musical prodigy Nas to kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration, especially as he commemorates his own impressive 20 year milestone,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.
“The ESSENCE Festival promises 20 stages of programming to honor our 20th anniversary with more than 70 artists performing across our music stages. The addition of Nas, Trey Songz, K. Michelle and Jazmine Sullivan for the ESSENCE Now Playing concert is an incredible lead-in to Festival weekend and rounds out an entertainment experience not-to-be-missed!”
Nas will also be celebrating the ten year anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, which according to Essence, has been “lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip-hop recordings of all time and contributed to the revival of the New York rap scene.”
The Now Playing concert will be held at the Louisiana Superdome on July 3, which will lead in to the Essence Festival, July 3-6 in New Orleans.
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