Hip hop heads get excited. Nas and Lauryn Hill are co-headlining a new tour called, "Life Is Good/Black Rage," inspired by Nas' latest album and "Black Rage," a new song by Hill to be released this fall. After a long music hiatus, Hill created the song to discuss racial inequality and abuse, as a juxtaposition to Nas' album title, Life Is Good. She's now inspired to hit the stage again with her fellow hip hop icon.
"I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it," explained the ex-Fugees star. "I've been a long standing rebel against the stale, over commoditization. As artists we have the 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 will launch the tour with a few solo stops starting October 6. The two artists will then unite for their first joint show on October 29 in Dallas. They will continue to perform together all over the United States, including cities like New York, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and Denver.
"This is history," proclaimed Nas. "Better late than never. Life is good!"
There was no mention of how Hill’s pending sentencing on tax evasion charges in November will impact the tour.
Tickets for the highly-anticipated event go on sale this Friday, with a pre-sale in certain markets on Thursday.
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