(Photo: Lisa Leone)
When Nas was 12 he went to hell for snuffing Jesus (allegedly), but when he was 19 he appeared at New York City’s historic Palladium club to rock the mic ahead of his Illmatic debut. Now, right on time for Throwback Thursday, a recording from one of Nas’s 1993 performance has found its way online. In the brief clip, the young Nas can clearly be heard performing “Represent,” rhyming the track’s familiar first verse over an entirely different beat from what appears on the original studio recording. With an even more pronounced roving bassline and gritter drums beneath him, the young Nas sounds hungry and ready to rule the world.
And why not stop there? Another proper throwback clip, this one of MC/producer/beatboxer etraordinaire Doug E. Fresh</strong> dating all the way back to 1986. The live recording was extracted from a performance at The Funhouse and features the whole Get Fresh Crew.
The good people at Mobile Mondays, a regular all-vinyl dance night hosted in New York City, uploaded both videos are deserve the credit for making (re)audible both Nas and Doug’s past achievements. If you’re in NYC, show them some love at their upcoming Cassette Culture party night on Monday, March 9th. In the meantime, enjoy the young Nasty Nas and Fresh E. Doug and keep it locked for more throwback-styled gems.