Nasir Jones is for the children. The Queensbridge lyricist continued his grueling promotional schedule in front of frenzied crowd at the MLB fan cave in New York City last night (July 18).
Dressed in a Mets fitted cap, a customized Mets jersey that read, “Jones” in the back and grey sweat pants, the Nasty MC ran through classics like “New York State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours,” Nas Is Like” and “Made You Look.”
He remained conscious of the PG-friendly crowd throughout, altering the n-word in his lyrics and muting explicit lyrics like, “It sounds foul, but every chick I meet’ll go Downtown” on “If I Ruled the World.” Though he stood on stage alone, the crowd—primarily comprised of kids who’d barely learned how to walk when Illmatic hit stores in 1994— served as his hype men as they recited songs like “Represent” and It Ain’t Hard to Tell” word for word. Fittingly, Nas’s longtime collaborator Large Professor looked on. [Watch Nas Perform "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "NY State of Mind" Below.]
The title of Nas’s latest LP couldn’t be more appropriate, as the baby face MC flashed his pearly whites throughout his performance. Nas appeared to be ecstatic about the glowing reviews the LP’s been receiving, including an XXL from this publication. “That’s why I had to made this album,” he told the Fan Cave audience. “It had to have meaning. I had to make you understand my walk.”
Nas also performed cuts from his new LP, including “The Don,” “Nasty” and “Bye Baby.” His rendition of “Daughters” drew a particularly loud response from the crowd. He closed his set with “One Mic” before exiting the stage to Isaac Hayes’s “Walk on By.”
Nas’s Fan Cave stop is his latest in a series of promotional appearances in the Big Apple this week. He held a star-studded album release party in Bagatelle on Monday (July 16). And, he popped up at the Rucker and performed a surprise show at Tammany Hall on Tuesday (July 17). Stay tuned to XXLMag.com for more Nas coverage.—Carl Chery (@cchery)