New York, NY – As a native New Yorker, Nas deeply cares about his community and is proud of the city he comes from — he’s made it evident on songs such as “N.Y. State of Mind” and “A Queens Story.”
On Thursday (September 23), the Queensbridge legend will headline the Concert To Feed NYC at the historic Forest Hills Stadium in an effort to satiate millions of New Yorkers who are experiencing record food shortages. According to QNS, all proceeds will go to City Harvest, New York City’s first and largest food rescue organization, while the costs of the venue have been donated.
The show will mark Nas’ first performance in his hometown in over three years, and he’s greatly anticipating the event, saying, ”I am looking forward to returning to the stage for a performance in my hometown — especially since it supports a cause I care deeply about.”
City Harvest is as equally thrilled about the show but more so about the chance to give back. The need for food has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, soaring to 41 percent among all New Yorkers and 53 percent among children.
As City Harvest CEO Jilly Stephens explains, “The Concert to Feed NYC will help us rescue and deliver more food for the many New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables because of the pandemic, many for the first time.
“We are so grateful to have a dedicated and passionate friend in Nas who will create such a special evening to support our work. Together, we can feed our city.”
The Concert To Feed NYC is an exclusive event for 4,000 people featuring Speakeasy suites, mini-lounges and lounge-style seating. City Harvest is also bringing high-end culinary experiences for select ticket buyers in partnership with local restaurants such as Butcher Bar, COTE Korean Steakhouse, Dhamaka, Les Trois Chevaux, Melba’s and the Nas-owned Sweet Chick.
Nas fans will get to hear material from the Hip Hop vet’s extensive catalog, including King’s Disease II. Arriving in August, the project served as the follow-up to the 2020 Grammy Award-winning original and featured Eminem, EPMD and others.
The album landed at No. 3 on Billboard 200 chart with over 56,000 total album-equivalent units earned in its inaugural week. It marked Nas’ highest charting album since 2012’s Life Is Good, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 149,000 copies sold.
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