Nas with Lauryn Hill
The Brooklyn native was born to jazz musician, Olu Dara, and began writing raps at age nine. Hip-Hop and Rap were exploding on the Brooklyn scene in the '80s and had a heavy influence on the budding MC. By 1992, Nas had secured a recording deal with Columbia Records who released his debut album in 1994. The album is one of a handful to receive all "Five Mics" from The Source magazine and is considered a Hip-Hop classic. It was a throwback to the socially conscious rhymes of rap music a decade earlier and solidified Nas as not only a rap star but a lyricist-poet. He followed up with It Was Written in 1996 and he recorded an album with the rap supergroup - The Firm; both of which have been certified Platinum. Nas tour dates and concerts were scheduled periodically throughout the nation during his rise to fame.
Nas closed out the '90s with two critically panned albums, I Am and Nastradamus, before returning to the graces of the critics and the public alike. Stillmatic was released in 2002, signaling Nas' return to the clever lyrics that made him famous. The album featured the Grammy nominated single, "One Mic". He continued the trend with God's Son in 2002, which was hailed by Time magazine as the best hip-hop album of the year. Nas followed up with the praiseworthy double-album, Street Disciple, and reconciled with former rival, Jay-Z. Nas then signed to Def Jam and released Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006, which gave the rapper his largest first sales-week ever. The album debuted at #1 selling 355,000 copies in its maiden week. A Nas concert benefitting the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting was scheduled in 2007 and Nas also contributed a track to the Academy Award winning film, Blood Diamond.
Nas released his most recent untitled album in 2008, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009. At the ceremonies, Nas confirmed that he will be working on a collabo album with Reggae star Damien Marley. Since releasing his last album in 2008, Nas toured Europe and North America while writing rhymes for his latest album, Life Is Good, which is due out later this year. In the meantime, the critically acclaimed artist still manages to find time to perform throughout the year. Currently, Nas tour dates and concert performances are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011. Check Eventful for the latest updates on Nas tour dates and performances as they are updated regularly.
Lauryn Hill: Lauryn Hill has been hailed as one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop performers and innovators of our generation. Everything Hill touches turns to platinum and though her catalogue of material is limited to a few studio albums, her impact on Hip-Hop is unequivocal. After an ethereal performance at the 2011 Coachella Festival, rare Lauryn Hill tour dates have been scheduled at several venues this 2011. Don't miss a date on the Lauryn Hill concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Lauryn Hill concert dates and venue information.
Lauryn Hill entered the entertainment world with several high profile projects that included a soap opera stint on As The World Turns in 1993. She made her film debut as a rebellious singer alongside Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2 before her music career took off. The following year, the Fugees took the rap world by storm. Their debut album Blunted in Reality garnered the band some attention in 1994, however, it was with their sophomore album The Score that they they achieved massive success. Lauryn Hill's piercing vocals and lyrically genius raps drove the album to #1 on the Billboard 200. Hill's vocal contribution to "Killing Me Softly" earned the group a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. The album also won for Best Rap Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
Following the massive success of the Fugees, they went on an elongated hiatus to focus on side projects. Lauryn Hill soon entered the studio to create her masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Released in 1998, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and featured the #1 single "Doo Wop (That Thing)". The following year Hill was nominated for a record ten Grammy Awards becoming the first woman to achieve the feat. She went home that night with five awards and gave a chilling and emotional performance of "Zion". Following the immense success, Lauryn Hill went on a self-imposed hiatus
Distressed with the media, the music industry, and the paparazzi, Hill focused on self-improvement, raising her children, and figuring her life out. She returned four years later in 2001 with her concert performance on MTV's Unplugged. The album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 was released and featured all new acoustic material. The album debuted at #3 and eventually went Platinum. Following years of hopeful rumors of a Fugee return, the group reunited for a performance at "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" in 2004. Lauryn Hill tour dates were booked on a Fugee reunion tour across Europe in 2005.
Throughout the rest of the decade, Lauryn Hill tour dates were scheduled internationally at several high profile festivals, intimate venues, and special events. Lauryn HIll concert dates were booked at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2011 and she is about to embark on a stateside tour that includes several dates at mid-sized venues. While she hasn't released an album in almost fifteen years, her heartfelt music still resonates with us and allows us to relive a period in Hip-Hop when it was socially conscious and activist. Don't miss out when Lauryn Hill concert dates are scheduled in your area. Use Eventful as your source for Lauryn Hill tour dates and venue information.