Nas

Phenomenon Concerts Presents

Nas

Wale, Nick Grant

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Rialto Theatre

Tucson, AZ

$49.50 & $65.00

Nas
Nas
American rapper, songwriter and actor. He is the son of retired jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas is also the founder of the short-lived rap group, Bravehearts, which consists of Wiz (4), his cousin Nashawn and brother Jungle (2). He was married to singer Kelis Rogers in 2005 before they divorced in 2010.

Nasir Jones was born September 14, 1973 in Queens, New York, via the notoriously harsh Queensbridge Projects.
Wale
Wale
Grammy-nominated rapper Wale is one of the most idiosyncratic talents in hip-hop. The Washington, D.C. native began unleashing his distinct mixtapes in 2005, with his debut album, "ATTENTION DEFECIT," arriving in 2009. After signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group imprint in 2011, he released his breakthrough sophomore album, "AMBITION" -- which spawned the Grammy-nominated hit single "Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)" -- followed by 2013's "THE GIFTED," which debuted atop Billboard's "Top 200 Albums" chart. Wale released his highlyanticipated fourth studio album, "THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING," on March 31, 2015, which is his most eclectic, entertaining and personal album to date, and features the hit single "The Matrimony (feat. Usher)."

The album sees Wale continuing his famed "About Nothing" mixtape trilogy, inspired by his favorite TV show, Seinfeld -- a relationship that has since blossomed into a real life friendship between Wale and Jerry Seinfeld himself. The legendary comedian is prominently featured on "THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING," serving as the album's conscience, according to Wale. In addition to being one of the most prominent figures in music today, Wale has become a thriving entrepreneur. He serves as the CEO of hat & accessory line, WRKNG TITLE, as well as also recently being named creative ambassador for the NBA's, Washington Wizards.
Nick Grant
Walterboro, South Carolina, it didn't take much for Nick to stick out in the town with a population of approximately 5,000 people. While he was firstly known as a gifted athlete, he discovered that Hip Hop was an equally, if not more, competitive sport. He wrote his first rhyme when a group of friends dared him to write one better than theirs. After winning them over on that bet, the rest of the town followed suit as he battled neighbors and classmates one by one, defeating them all. Though he was usually the youngest in the battles, he always rhymed with complexity and maturity beyond his years, a direct result of hearing the music of his grandparents and older siblings. Gravitating towards the sounds of Nas, Biggie, Pac, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Outkast, Scarface, Snoop, 2Pac, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo, Nick felt he might have been raised in the wrong era. That, coupled with neighborhood OG's taking him under their wings; he inherited gems that most kids his age weren't exposed to. As fate would have it, Nick and his family relocated to Atlanta, GA, the epicenter of rap music, which was a more suitable environment to foster his intrinsic talent. Upon his arrival entering 9th grade at Washington High School, he immediately threw himself in the rap ring by ditching school and going to nearby Clark Atlanta University to battle college students. The lyrical combats sharpened his tongue to the point that one of his teachers suggested he discontinue his education and pursue music fulltime. Much like his character, Nick didn't quit and finished what he started by graduating however he did continue his studies albeit in the School of Hard Knocks. The ambitious rhymer experienced several failed deals, which caused him to grow frustrated but he never lost hope. A chance encounter with entertainment business mogul Jason Geter restored Nick's faith in an industry he had wanted to be a part of since childhood. Signed to Geter's Culture Republic imprint, which includes partners Chaka Zulu (Ludacris) and Bernard Parks, Jr. (Cee-Lo, Goodie Mob), Nick's star quality has been illuminated. Under the leadership of the Culture Republic team, Nick released "Royalty," featuring CyHi The Prynce who he met on the open mic circuit. The track was followed by a video that put the MC's name in the right conversations. Nick went on to appear on Sway In The Morning and fired off a succession of epic freestyles that galvanized the listening public, which were followed up by introspective records like "Gold Chains," "Dead Poet Society" and "The Jungle." Nick formally introduced himself on his debut mixtape, '88, which has been labeled a classic. Though the project includes minimal features, the names speak volumes of the respect Nick has garnered. Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dro, BJ The Chicago Kid and Stacy Barthe, all bless the musical masterpiece. With help from an in-house production team consisting of Dominic Gordon, '88, brings a new level of conceptual sophistication to Hip Hop. Praised for his clever bars well documented by multiple media outlets, tastemakers and fans, Nick's rapid rise has been earned over time. Understanding the importance of individuality, storytelling, diverse subject matter and musical experimentation, Nick's possession of these qualities have put him on the trajectory of becoming one of the game's most authoritative voices.
Venue Information:
Rialto Theatre
318 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ, 85701
http://rialtotheatre.com/