From the legendary Queens Bridge Projects to the Kennedy Center, one of the greatest MC’s of all time Nas is the subject of a new PBS documentary.
Titled “Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop” from Mass Appeal and PBS. The film chronicles Nas’ live performance of the Illmatic album with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C last year.
“It’s crazy, you know, I wrote this in the projects in New York City. Here we are in the capital of America, Washington, DC, and, you know, a bunch of white people with strings and all that, playing this album, and they feeling it,” Nas says of the collaboration in the trailer.
“This was the first time me as a classical orchestra conductor was going to branch out into the realm of doing hip-hop music and rap music. And the idea of finally tackling this genre was something I was really looking forward to do,” National Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke said in a statement.
Check out some preview footage above and look for the full doc to air February 2nd at 9:00 p.m. on PBS.