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The Detroit Pistons are bringing in Nas for a live performance of his classic debut, Illmatic. The team has announced the legendary MC will perform the LP with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on March 5.

The concert will take place at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Nas’ special show is scheduled to be the final event of the Pistons’ Black History Month celebration. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (January 26) via Ticketmaster.

ANNOUNCEMENT: NAS will perform Illmatic with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a culmination of Detroit Pistons Black…

Posted by Detroit Pistons on Monday, January 21, 2019

Nas is no stranger to performing his revered album with an orchestra. The veteran rhymer famously performed Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2014.



In February 2018, PBS aired the concert on television as part of its Great Performances series. A few months later, Nas and Mass Appeal Records released an album version of the performance titled Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center.

Nas’ Illmatic has a unique connection to Detroit due to work of one of the city’s most acclaimed MCs. Former Slum Village member Elzhi dropped Elmatic, a tribute/remake of the celebrated album, in 2011. The project received rave reviews and earned a spot on HipHopDX’s Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011.

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