Nas to Perform Live in Concert at DPAC, 3/1

Nas to Perform Live in Concert at DPAC, 3/1

Hip hop's MC and lyricist Nas will perform live in concert at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Following the release of his best-selling #1 new album Life Is Good, Nas is currently nominated for four Grammy© Awards including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance. This exclusive concert will be hosted by Durham's own 9th Wonder, Grammy©-winning producer, DJ and college lecturer.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 26 at 10am:

  • Online at
  • DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on January 25. Joining Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at

"Nas is universally considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. His catalog spans two Decades and we are excited to be able to bring him to the Triangle for the first time in over a decade. It's going to be an amazing show," says promoter Sulaiman Mausi of The DOME Group.

Ever since a 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque," hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. Nas. Gifted poet. Confessor. Agitator. Metaphor master. Street's disciple. Political firebrand. Tongue-twisting genius. With music in his blood courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, the self-taught trumpeter attracted crowds with his playing at age 4, wrote his first verse at age 7 and, with 1994's Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink. Two Decades on, Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candid rapper on the recently released Life is Good, his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.

Critics and fans immediately flocked to Life is Good, with everyone from Rolling Stone ("He cuts his rhymes with midlife realism and daring empathy") and MTV ("The most emotionally raw record he's made since his first") to HipHopDX ("An obvious maturation from the veteran") and Pitchfork ("Best New Music") praising the album. Far from divorcing personal problems from a hyperbolic, caricatured alter ego, Life is Good finds Nas confronting the myriad issues he's faced head-on since 2008's Untitled ("Daughters, "Bye Baby"), mixed with a wayward wisdom that allows him to channel the past without attempting to ape it ("Loco-Motive," "Nasty").