In 2012, Nas delivered Life Is Good, a critically acclaimed album hailed by some as a comeback, others as a breakthrough, ushering in an era of “mature” hip hop, lyricism mixed with grown folk subject matter. To celebrate his successsful year, Nas headlined a New Year’s Eve concert at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, along with R&B songtress Elle Varner.
Page 31 passed along some video footage from the affair, including a white tuxedo-clad Nas running through a litany of old and new hits, including “Daughters,” the controversial but touching look into his life as Nasir the parent, “Cherry Wine,” the posthumously released duet with the late Amy Winehouse, “Hate Me Now,” and “One Mic,” among others. The band sounded sharp, the vocalist accompaniment sounded fresh, and the night sounded enjoyable, especially for fans of the veteran lyricist.
The video is not professionally shot, and the audio is typical of such, but it offers a good look into the Radio City Music Hall concert event. While one-time rival Jay-Z held down the Barclays center sharing the stage with Coldplay, Nas added to midtown Manhattan’s New Year spirit with what appeared to be a well executed and well received show.
Watch video of Nas performing on New Year’s Eve at Radio City Music Hall below: