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Heralded Queens rapper Nas has joined forces with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of his critically-acclaimed album Illmatic, which dropped back in 1994.

Revered as one of the best albums in hip-hop history, the new concert film, Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, directed by Jason Goldwatch and executive produced by Nas, Anthony Saleh and Peter Bittenbender — captures the energy and nostalgia of the collaborative performance, as the orchestra reinvents some of his most popular songs, like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”

The Mass Appeal produced piece premieres nationwide on Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings). The program will also be available to stream the following day at PBS’ website and on PBS apps.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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