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Event Details

Details on the Show:

Where:   The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

When:   Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ages:   18+

Doors:  Lounge doors at 6:00 pm (21 + only)

             Concert Hall doors at 8:00 pm (18+)

 Opener:   9:00PM 

Prices:   $45 General Admission (In advance plus applicable fees) - $5 increase day of show

 $55 Risers  (In advance plus applicable fees) - $5 increase day of show

Tickets on sale at these locations:   Local Motion Stores    Navy ITT Offices   Hickam ITT Offices   Marine Corps ITT Offices   U.S. Coast Guard MWR  /  UH Campus Center The Safehouse (the lounge within The Republik)

The Safehouse lounge in The Republik during business hours of 6pm-1am Monday thru Saturday.

"Somuch to write and say/Yo, I don't know where to start/So I'll begin with thebasics and flow from the heart" – Nas, "Loco-Motive"


Hip-hop is a fickle, ephemeralbeast; a genre filled with trend-hopping "artists," corporatehucksters and walking gimmicks desperate to achieve their 15 minutes of shine.Look back at the hip-hop charts 20 years ago—hell, look back 10—and see howmany names you're still reading about today.


Ever since a 17-year-old NasirBin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque,"hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. Nas. Gifted poet. Confessor. Agitator. Metaphormaster. Street's disciple. Political firebrand. Tongue-twisting genius. Withmusic in his blood courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, theself-taught trumpeter attracted crowds with his playing at age 4, wrote hisfirst verse at age 7 and, with 1994’s Illmatic,created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legallydrink. Two decades on, Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candidrapper on the recently released Life isGood, his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.


Critics and fans immediatelyflocked to Life is Good, witheveryone from Rolling Stone ("He cuts his rhymes with midlife realism anddaring empathy") and MTV ("The most emotionally raw record he’s madesince his first") to HipHopDX ("An obvious maturation from theveteran") and Pitchfork ("Best New Music") praising the album.Far from divorcing personal problems from a hyperbolic, caricatured alter ego, Life is Good finds Nas confronting themyriad issues he's faced head-on since 2008's Untitled ("Daughters, "Bye Baby"), mixed with awayward wisdom that allows him to channel the past without attempting to ape it("Loco-Motive," "Nasty").


"Iused to listen to that Red Alert and Rap Attack/I fell in love with all thatpoetry/Mastered that" – Nas, "The Don"


Before the 11 Grammy nominations,seven platinum albums and Top 5 rankings on MTV's 10 Greatest MCs of All Time andThe Source’s Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, 17-year-old Nas would take dailytrips to Manhattan hoping to secure a major label deal, only to be shot down bynearly every label. When 3rd Bass co-founder MC Serch brought his demo tape tothe attention of Faith Newman, then-Director of A&R for Columbia Records, shemade a deal with Serch that day, offering Nas a $17,000 advance and thelifeline to begin his career.


With hundreds of thousands ofwords alongside entire books written on the album, it seems almost trite todayto discuss the universal impact and acclaim that Illmatic had on rap. Put simply: the album has long been considereda masterpiece not just in hip hop, but music as a whole, inspiring countlesssubsequent rappers and establishing Nas as the most vivid storyteller of urbanlife since Rakim and Chuck D.


1996’s It Was Written built upon Illmatic’sfoundation, with “Street Dreams” and “If I Ruled the World” (the latter withLauryn Hill) becoming radio staples and vaulting Nas into mainstream success.For his two 1999 albums, I Am… and Nastradamus, the rapper balancedcommercial aspirations with extended metaphors and rough street anthems,carving out multiple identities that better reflected the rapper’s expandedworldview.


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Event Location


The Republik

1349 Kapiolani Blvd 3rd floor, Honolulu, HI, 96814

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