Nas onstage with Lauryn Hill

In a move that’s arguably been overdue since NaS & Lauryn Hill collaborated on the 1996 single “If I Ruled The World,” the two hip-hop heroes have announced a joint tour–the “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour–kicking off next month. Nas will commence a solo leg of the tour on October 6th in Maryland, to be joined by Lauryn for the first shared bill on October 29th in Dallas, Texas. As of the current itinerary, it looks like both stars will on the set ofr at least 10 shows, sprinkled with a handful of Nas-only dates throughout. Speaking on the momentous announcement Ms. Hill had the following to say about the phrase “Black Rage” (which is apparently also the title of a forthcoming Lauryn single):

“I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it. …I’ve been a long standing rebel against the stale, over-commoditization. As artists, we have opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness; teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving.”

Nas added:

“This is history. Better late than never.”

Find full dates (with Nas-only shows noted in parens) and look for tickets to go on sale Friday.

“Life Is Good/Black Rage” Tour Dates

Oct. 6 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (NAS ONLY)
Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona State Fairgrounds (NAS ONLY)
Oct. 26 – Asheville, NC – MOOG Festival (NAS ONLY)
Oct. 27 – Nashville, TN – Riverfront Park (NAS ONLY)
Oct. 28 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival (NAS ONLY)
Oct. 29 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Nov. 2 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Nov. 3 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa Theatre (NAS ONLY)
Nov. 4 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov. 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Nov. 9 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory(NAS ONLY)
Nov. 11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Nov. 14 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Nov. 16 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Nov. 17 – Magna, UT – Salt Air
Nov. 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Oakland Theater
Dec. 31 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (NAS ONLY)

spotted at RU

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