Two of New York hip-hop's most influential acts are teaming up for a show at one of Colorado's most iconic venues. On July 31, Nas and Black Star will be doing a rare concert together at Red Rocks Amphiteatre in Morrison, Colo. Pusha T, Brother Ali and the Reminders are also part of the show's line-up. According to an announcement made on Nas' Facebook page, pre-sale tickets are available on April 12, while tickets to the general public go on sale April 13. (Click here to buy tickets.)
Nas (whose real name is Nasir Jones) has been releasing hit albums since his critically acclaimed 1994 debut, Illmatic. As fans await the follow-up to his most recent studio album (2012's Life Is Good), Nas has been releasing a few new songs and getting involved in film and TV projects. He was the subject of the 2014 documentary film Nas: Time Is Illmatic, which provided an in-depth look at the impact of Nas' first album. More recently, Nas was an executive producer and narrator of the short-lived Netflix hip-hop drama series The Get Down, which featured "Angel Dust," a new song from Nas in 2017. That same year, Nas appeared in the PBS documentary The American Epic Sessions, where he performed a cover version of the Memphis Jug Band's "On the Road Again."
Black Star, which formed in 1997, consists of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. The duo earned a reputation for socially conscious music, and released one album in 1998 (Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star), before going on to successful solo careers. Black Star remained inactive until 2011, when the duo released the single "Fix Up," and occasionally performed over the next two years. After another long hiatus, Black Star began performing a select number of concerts in 2017 and 2018. Mos Def (who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey) announced in February 2018 that there will be a new Black Star album released later this year. There's no word yet on the release date or title for the album.