Nas, Lauryn Hill Embark on Fall Concert Tour
Two of hip-hop’s biggest names – Nas and Lauryn Hill – will head out on the road together this fall for the “Life is Good/Black Rage” tour.
The 10-city tour will kick off October 29 at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, and the trek is scheduled to continue through November 19 when the pair perform at the Fox Oakland Theater in Oakland. In between those dates, the tour also will visit Houston; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Boston; Chicago; Denver and Magna, Utah.
The name of the tour is derived from recent and upcoming releases by the two artists. Life is Good is the most recent Nas record, and topped the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released in August. “Black Rage” is the name of Hill’s upcoming single, set to be released this fall. That song is said to address the “derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse,” and the singer says it is meant to be a juxtaposition to “life is good,” according to Billboard.com.
“I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it,” Hill said in a statement. “I’ve been a long standing rebel against the stale, over commoditization. As artists we have opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving.”
Nas described the tour (and the build up to it) more succinctly: “Better late than never. Life is good!”
Nas also has a handful of solo dates scheduled before, during and after the tour. Throughout the early part of October he will play a slew of dates including an appearance at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. He also will perform by himself on November 3 in Norfolk, Va. and November 9 in Rochester, N.Y. Finally, he will perform a New Year’s Eve show December 31 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.