Illusive, Frontier Touring and Niche are elated to announce that legendary New York MC Nas will be performing a one-night-only Sugar Mountain sideshow at the Forum Theatre on Sunday 25 January, the day after his headline performance at the much-hyped boutique festival. As with every performance on the Australian tour, he will be performing his 1994 magnum opus Illmatic in full, along with other Nas classics.
Illmatic is arguably the most revered rap album in the genre’s history by one of the greatest ever to touch the mic. To celebrate the album’s twentieth anniversary, Nas has taken his sold out Illmatic tour all over the globe during the past year to enormous critical acclaim.
When Nas released Illmatic in 1994, it was off the back of tremendous hype he’d built through his debut appearance on Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbeque’ and 1992’s ‘Halftime’, his debut solo release and Illmatic’s first single. The album was a relative commercial fizzer, debuting at #12 on the Billboard 200 and its five singles failing to gain much traction on radio. But it sent critics and hip-hop lovers into an absolute frenzy: The Source magazine, hip-hop’s bible in the ‘90s, gave Illmatic a five-mic review – an extremely prestigious achievement and unheard of for a debut release. In the years following, word steadily spread and a consensus was reached – the hip-hop world had a masterpiece on its hands.
Illmatic has been the subject of books, academic studies and this year’s widely acclaimed Time is Illmatic documentary, which will be released in Australia in January to coincide with this historic tour.
If Nas’ other headline shows and Sugar Mountain are any gauge, this show will be a definite sell-out. Don’t sleep (‘cause sleep is the cousin of death).
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