Nas And The Roots Perform "Nasty" On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

God's Son and The Legendary Roots crew connect for a live performance as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon heads to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.

After a spot performance at ESPN’s Winter X Games, Nas has resurface in Indianapolis, Indiana while Late Night With Jimmy Fallon broadcasts from the site of Super Bowl XLVI all week. Nas was backed by The Roots for another live rendition of “Nasty.”

Both Nas and The Roots are currently signed to Def Jam. Interestingly enough, there was a short-lived beef between God’s Son and The Legendary Roots crew in 2001. Both Nas and Black Thought traded barbs in interviews after Nas called the Roots hypocrites for serving as Jay-Z’s backing band during an MTV Unplugged performance. That feud, along with the semi-related Jay-Z rift that initially sparked the beef, has long since been settled. In 2011, Nas also joined The Roots at their Fourth Annual Roots Picnic.

The Roots continue to promote their latest LP, undun, while there is no new news on the tentatively titled Life Is Good  album from Nas. Watch the performance below.

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109 Comments

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    If Nas gets the right beats, he be killin almost every MC softly

  • Lil Pooh

    Nas ain't fuckin wit drake tho.. Drizzy hot right now..

    • harris89

      "^^^^ Fake rap CD listener" LMAO, word.

    • CROOKLYN

      DRAKE WILL NEVER BE ON NAS LEVEL OR NICE AS NAS BEFORE JAY-Z WAS NICE & KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY THERE WAS NAS & NO ONE WAS FUCKING WITH HIM BACK THEN & NO ONE FUCKING WITH HIM NOW do you kopy that ? now go ahead & finish sucking drake dick make sure your drink all his semen this time ight fam do that

    • Ill Will

      ^^^^ Fake rap CD listener

  • me....

    those of u saying nas is shit i bet u go to bed listening to lil wayne lool... nas gave u power u never took it in blood but u got to remember there is no idea which is oringinal there aint nathing new under the sun..jus give him one mic n it wont be hard to tell...its halftime.....

    • hiphpohead99

      nigga you really comparing nas to lil wayne? nas aint been hot since bout '94, so fuck outta here with that shit. he cant even pay his damn child support how he on the same level as lil wayne? fuck you hatin bitches man mad lil wayne and YMCMB get money and nas gotta collect an unemployment check

  • honest truth

    Nas Vs Black Thought????

  • ANTI-CLOWN NIGGA MUSIC

    Nas is just the sellout clown ass emo thug ass niggas like today. He wants people to actually hear what he's saying and still rep for the environment that birthed him...

    • kushiteking

      ill never dis a man makin something of his life do your thing weezy !!but 2 asassinate the character of Nasty Nas is blasphemy in the holy temple of hip hop stop it @ once *loading shotguns*

    • ANTI-CLOWN NIGGA MUSIC

      *Nas is not

  • Damian

    Lil Wayne sucks ass!! All those Young cats riding his dick obviously haven't listened to nas or heard any of his albums. Dumbass kids would rather listen to Lil Wayne gagging on birdmans dick over a hot beat than true hip hop from nas.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder where he got that Mets Shirt from on the home page that shirt is nice!

  • sinman2483

    SHIT JAY Z 'S DICK FEELS SO GOOD UP MY ASS.

  • Ghost of Nat Turner

    someone tell me what rapper alive or dead is fuckin with Nas so I can tell you why you're wrong. Honestly, how is Nasir not GOAT? Who has a longer and stronger catalog? ?

    • Anonymous

      nas sonds uninspired as fuck, no power behind his voice. Nas on DR = sleeping help.

    • Anonymous

      Nas influenced ghostface, nas had 2 Classic albums and the best HipHop album of all time, so hands down nas is the best living MC

    • Anonymous

      Ghost one of the most underrated lyricists: - classics beyond classics. ironman, cuban linx, sc, killed every verse on forever & the w. -still got it: consistent as hell, apollo kids... nas is just bullshitttin in 2012. damian marley made distant relatives d. marley's fast singing, that toasting shit >>>>>> nas's verses on distant relatives

    • onelove

      your best success is my worst blunder truth, Nas all day everyday

    • Anonymous

      How you gonna argue with a guy who has mind already made up about Nas? LOL.

    • Anonymous

      Ghostface is a great rapper when we're talking about skills on the mic and presence. But that's where it stops for me. He doesn't touch the same topics, or have as varied production. Illmatic>>>>>>Ghostface's best record.

    • SCHWARZ

      THIS AIN'T ARGUIN', IT'S OCCUPYNasThread

    • Anonymous

      ghostface now > nas ghostface catalog > nas catalog ghostface live >>> nas live only built 4 cuban linx and ironman >>> illmatic and it was written supreme clientele >>>>> stillmatic ghost is the under dog, nas is the nigga that was given everything and comes up short everytime. love nas, but hes been a massive under achiever in his career. getting shelved, selling out, working with weak niggas to keep his name out there. sorry man, ask niggas that were there when illmatic dropped, i thought he was the one. been a massive disappointment, still good cuz hes super talented, but he cant put it all together.

    • Ghost of Nat Turner

      damn, I guess we're all in agreement after all. No one really refuting what I said. jay has a point that its all objective, but if I wanted to keep arguing I'd tell jay that theres no way in hell Big L or Eminem are in the GOAT conversation

    • SCHWARZ

      AYE WHERE WE GOIN' WITH THIS? U ASKED WHO CAN FCUK WIT NAS I REPPED STARKS FOR THAT SLOT. NEVA SAID NAS WASN'T GOAT, NEVA SAID GHOST WAS BETTER, NAS REPS DA #1 SLOT ON MY TOP 5. GHOST GOTTA UNFCUKWITABLE CATALOG, THE GOD CAN HANG WIT HIS A-ALIKE.

    • jay

      and another thing. people need to listen to more than just the best in the limelight. people gotta bump more gangstarr, pete rock cl smooth, poor righteous teachers, the roots, jurrasic 5, mf doom, pharcyde, heiroglyphics, the old school is that shit and we need more influence like that

    • jay

      but on a real note There is no GOAT. you can sit all day and argue jay z, nas, biggie, tupac, big l, eminem. you wont get anywhere cause we all got different minds and lives

    • jay

      illmatic will always be a benchmark in hip hop just like reasonable doubt, lifestyles of poor and dangerous, etc. ... for real how many people you think got into rap because illmatic. That shit turns people to hip hop heads

    • Ghost of Nat Turner

      Illmatic > every Ghostface album It Was Written > every Ghostface album

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ a nas fan using record sales in a debate ghost last shit went wood? ghost last shit was actually hot nas last shit with damien marley not only sucked, it was a massive flop that put nas on def jams backburner. wheres life is good? thoguht so.

    • Anonymous

      u can say nas is a better rapper than ghostface, but aint no way in hell he makes better albums. nas is an underachiever. lazy too. ghostface catalog CRUSHES nas. ironman supreme clientele only built 4 cuban linx pretty toney fishscale +the wu albums no fucking contest. ice cube had 3 straight classics plus NWA debut scarface catalog is way better kool g rap catalog is better shit redman dropped 3 straight classics and blackout nas got one classic album, 2 good albums, and a bunch of wack/mediocre albums to his name. nas is overrated as fuck by kids that listen to lupe fiasco and are wowed by his corny raps ghostface also destroys nas live. nas sucks live, always has/\.

    • Ghost of Nat Turner

      Ghostface is top 10 but he sure as hell aint #1 Ghosts classics dont stack up to Nas' classics. Nas joints outweigh them forreal riddle me this, who had the best verse on 0B4CL? Uh oh..... "Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitters and gold....."

    • land lord

      Yo Ghost I got U homie!! Deez dudes is ignorant. Straight up no chaser. I like Starks too but no way N hell he's up there wit Nas. Ghostface last 2-3 cd's went double wood. Don't make dis a debate of #'s but if ya boy is ALL dat as U say......C'mon Son!! GTFOH #LIFEISGOOD

    • SCHWARZ

      AYE NAT'S GHOST! WHAT UP? IMMA SAY STARKS TOO. ARGUABLY 3 SOLO CLASSICS WITH IRONMAN, SUPREME CLIENTELE AND FISHSCALE, A DUO CLASSIC WITH OB4CL, SABOR SPRINKLED ON 2 CLASSIC GROUP ALBUMS, AND NUMEROUS 16 QUOTABLES. WHO THE CHAMPION RAINY DAYZ GLACIERS OF ICE THE PROJECTS THE MGM APOLLO KIDS THE SONG CRIMINOLOGY MOTHERLESS CHILD HEAVEN OR HELL COBRA CLUTCH HOLOCAUST WILDFLOWER MARVEL SPECIAL DELIVERY RMX (VIDEO IS CRAY) FREEK N U RMX AN' THAT'S OFF THE TOP. STARKS IS THAT N!GG*. THIS CONVERSATION MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR HHDX TROLLVILLE, BUT REAL RECOGNIZE REAL.

    • Ghost of Nat Turner

      so.... you named one. Ghost is a favorite of mine, but no fuckin way. He spits way too much nonsense and does not have more than one or two albums that come close to Illmatic, It Was Written and Stillmatic. Nas has more classics and more impact in the game. And what you mean he aint doin shit now? Who had the best verse on Waynes last album? Who had the best verse on Ross' last tape. He's still killin these new cats on their own shit. How you gonna listen to "Nasty" and say he aint doin shit? Distant Relatives and Untitled were both better than Ghosts Apollo Kids Any other takers?

    • YouSerious?

      Nas is nasty, but don't claim he's got the greatest catalog. Also, right now Nas isn't really doing shit so you could make an argument that alot of cats are better than him as it stands. Ghostface Killah, for example, has put out consistently dope albums over his career. The one bad album on his resume (Bulletproof Wallets) was ruined because it got stripped of its samples and watered down.

  • Ghost of Nat Turner

    .........the GOAT. I wanna hear a Black Thought/Nas collab though.

  • doneeee booo

    nas is numba 1 for the real ppl hell fucking yeaa..

  • bklynsfynest2000

    man this performance was fire....these young dumb cats calling this MC lame or weak or wack shouldn't be allowed out their house unless they own some real classic hip hop albums. NAs is that dude...any hate on this performance or his catalog is silliness.

    • Anonymous

      only nastradamus was wack, i am was ok, distant relatives is in 10 years a classic and gods son is a classic. streets disciple is ok, untitled is ok

    • hellno

      I agree he often is not great live, but I think he did a good job with this performance. Also, out of the albums you said were wack or super wack, these titles only really apply to Nastradamus, I Am... was not really good but not completely wack either, Street's Disciple was okay, God's Son and Untitled were very good and Distant Relatives was a near classic.

    • Powerphi

      Godson is hot, and Distant Relatives is close to classic.

    • land lord

      CHUUUUCH!!!!

    • Anonymous

      nas sucks live and always has nastradamus = super wack i am = wack gods son = wack streets disciple = wack nigger = wack distant relatives = super wack illmatic, it was written, stillmatic, lost tapes 1 classic, 3 good albums and 6 wack albums nas is a bum in 2012

  • PRN

    still pumping NASTY? shit came out ages ago, video flopped, single fizzled. WHERE'S THE ALBUM? lost tapes 2 = cancelled life is good = shelved? the fuck is going on with this nigga nas? does not take his career serious at all.

  • Anonymous

    As usual NaS dissapoints live... Not bad but not really good either... Oh well, I'm still looking forward to Life is Good.

    • Anonymous

      Double time flow? That was steady at best. Never heard of Twista, Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, Slaughterhouse or Eminem?

    • Ghost of Nat Turner

      not many rappers can perform that double time flow the same way they recorded it in the booth. He did fine. And hardly any MCs, including the some of the greats, are spittin the way Nas is in 2012

  • MacRob

    New Age Rakim right there! Great perfomance, NO VOICEOVER is rare... Live with the roots. Great Job everyone and even Jimmy for gettin Nasty Nas on there!!

  • Anonymous

    Lol @ so many people comparing Weezy to Nas. That's like comparing Nickelback to The Beatles. If Nas has only ever released Illmatic he would still be better than Weezy. Quality over quantity, needing to over saturate the market to remain relevant is not a good sign. In 20 years I doubt music critics will hold one of Weezy albums as classic, whereas Illmatic was a classic from day one. Just because it's fun does not make it good.

  • ...mm..mmm

    The same person posting negative shit over & over. Nas is dope and so are The Roots.

  • kissmyairs12

    This site is full of trolls, I don[t understand why are y'all so bugged bout that..and yes NaS is the G.O.A.T. And that's comin' from a hardcore Jigga fan..

  • Anonymous

    Fucktards who bigging him up here, I bet most of you don't even support Nasir, DR would've sold much better otherwise.

    • really

      Nas & Damian were able to tour on 2 international tours that lasted for 2 years (5/2009-9/2011). DR sold out arenas worldwide so the support of the fans was live. The album sold 400k copies in the US alone. That tour money is greater than album sells.

  • Anonymous

    Living Legend right there

  • Anonymous

    The GOAT returned.

  • FYU

    I grew up in the 'bridge, and I know for a fact Nas hustled, but he was lazy and didn't make any real papes from it (I guess 'Triple Beam Dreams' cleared that up anyway), and yeah the dude ain't in the hood like that, but his brother Jungle is (who if you don't know is G'd up for real), so I don't know why son has to get called fake by little online kids. Nobody who can give up thousands in child support is broke, he's one of the most diverse rappers to ever exist, and like someone stated - he rocks alone, that's emceeing. Either fuck with it or don't fuck with it, stop with the faggot bitch nigga comments...100

  • Anonymous

    He raps without a back-up, true MC

    • Anonymous

      yeah back in the days but today he sucks as hell, i saw him on a german tv show called TV Total 2 years ago, this was wack as shit, not wack as weezy one level above, wack as shit believe me. look up http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/videos/player/?contentId=45771&initialTab=related

    • Anonymous

      Jigga, an awful freestyler? I've seen and heard everything now. You can say what you want about that Camel, but he's one of the best freestylers EVER. You must've never heard the freestyle with BIG L, the Grammy Family one (that tops most of the written shit out there) or Lyrical Exercise then. Think before you speak next time.

    • Music

      None of them stands a chance against Eminem.

    • Anonymous

      i mean jigga with one of the wost freestylers ever*

    • Anonymous

      he would have murdered jigga, he's a legend but one of the worst freestyler ever

    • Anonymous

      looool IDIOT

    • Anonymous

      The true MC that turned down the oppurtunity to battle Jay face to face? That fills an album that he called Hip Hop is dead with poppy beats and features? Who praises the same rappers he criticized them for promotion reasons? Has to be a very true MC.

  • Nasir

    NAS HAS MORE CLASSIC ALBUMS THEN YMCMB TOGETHER. WHEN SOMEONE MAKES SONGS AS, "I GAVE YOU POWER," "REWIND" AND ALBUMS SUCH AS ILLMATIC, IT WAS WRITTEN AND STILLMATIC THEN COME MAKE COMPARISONS. IF THESE YCMB NIGGAS ARE GOING PLATINUM, THATS BECAUSE A MILLION PEOPLE ARE STUPID AS FUGK TO BUY THAT TRASH. NUMBERS DONT MEAN ANYTHING IN 2012

    • Anonymous

      AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA TAKE YO' ASS ON DA BLOCK AND SAY TYGA IS BETTER THAN NAS AND C WHAT HAPPENS TO U! IS THAT THE REASON Y TYGA SENT NAS A BEAT, BECAUSE TYGA'S BETTA? OR U NEED ATTENTION FCUKBOI? HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • 1234

      I agree, they're all after the money, not for the state of hip hop

    • ETK

      you oughta crash your car into a tree and it'll make a better sound than any Tyga shit you bumpin

    • Anonymous

      Tyga, who is this, he has nothing to do with HipHop, his Genre is Pop, fuck those niggaz from YM, where is HipHop, young kids say that Nas songs were lame, come on. HIP HOP IS DEAD

    • Anonymous

      TYGA - RACK CITY is better than any nas song!!! nas songs are boring and have a lame beat. that shit dont bump in da whip... Rack city Bitch Rack Rack City Bitch!! got yo grandma on my dick!!!

  • wow

    Nas is a true example of Legendary! Good performance!

  • Akim

    Nas is the best rapper alive

  • TJ

    HAHA when did nas drop this fucking song again? like a year ago? he hasn't been able to come up with anything else to promote his upcoming album that's NEVER coming out? song came out like a year ago, then he waited until all the buzz died to drop the video, and now he's out performing it anywhere he can get on TV. the x games? LOL wow. nas fell the fuck off. not even debatable at this point. WHERE's THE ALBUM? life is good? really? paying back your whore wife, getting shelved by def jam as a living legend, and life is good? sure. whatever you say, nas. biggest waste of talent in the history of rap. clueless. nas the GOAT? HA HA yeah, if you think lupe fiasco and kanye west are dope.

    • ETK

      might wanna rethink your words to say his career is a dead end is laughable because with people dickriding his past work, his name is gonna stay etched as one of the greats in the industry, like it or not maybe that's why he is chillin', way I see it, Nas is in a fucking good place right now. he does these little skits every now and then to keep the fanbase impatient, and whenever he'll feel like it, he'll drop an album and watch errrrbody trippin

    • Anonymous

      He should be a mogul by now. What does all the talent in the world mean if you can't capitalize off that? He to managed to turn that huge W over into thousand L's and his career is a dead end. Bet he retires after that next album.

    • Anonymous

      Better having one hot song out than 20 garbage songs like Lil Wayne

    • Anonymous

      your moms a whore hows that for trolling

  • Anonymous

    Who the fuck is nas and jimmy fallon?? The roots?? They probably wack so who cares. YMCMB

  • Anonymous

    look at the stupid motherfucks talkin down on nas gay ass niggas who ears are filled with shit and they daddys nut from when he rapped them as a kid

  • RealHipHop360

    Nas is the g.o.a.t. plain and simple these cowards on here downing a true legend are fucking clowns straight up.

  • filipoo

    This performance was nice

  • Anonymous

    God damn, this nigga still blatantly lying like that on tracks? He never did the shit he talks about, he isn't rich nor does he have any connections in prison. Nas is the only one who's able to go from Distant Relatives to Nasty without being called out for his faked phantasy stories.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Nas sucks! Ive been in NY last year. Ive fond memories of da times in which I wrote 'Nas Sucks!' all over da walls of New York. lamoooooo........... swag who iz da Roots? I neva heard of him..... I bet Weezy can outrap him. swag

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    Nas and The Roots.....Sounds like a great idea for an album to me. At least an EP for goodness sake.

  • nuc

    YES! felt like i just went back to 94. dope issh,, keep hiphop coming like this.

  • DK

    The Roots covered the wackness he usually shows on live performances nicely. Doesn't save his album from being shelved though.

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