Nas made a special tour stop in Baltimore for his Life Is Good Tour. This was my first time seeing Nas in concert so I knew that I would be in for a special performance.
First up, we had a performance from SoulBlock. Never heard of him before then and probably won’t hear of him ever again.
He was rambling on about how he was opening for Nas and I really couldn’t make out what he was trying to rhyme. He had an Asian dude as his hype man and then these two young ladies came out there dancing towards the end. Yeah…
Next up, Jhené Aiko came to the stage to perform.
Jhené, who came on the scene being billed as the ‘cousin’ of former B2K member Lil Fizz’s. She reappeared in 2011 with her mixtape, Sailing Soul(s). She has just the center stage presence since that’s where she stood during her whole performance. She performed mostly songs from Sailing Soul(s) such as ‘you vs. them’, ‘Higher’ and the fan favorite ‘Stranger’.
My only issue with Jhené is that her voice was too soft. If she’s going to make a household name for herself, that voice needs to be more commanding.
God’s Son hit the stage to a rousing ovation and held the audience attention for over an hour. The young lady whose photo I have at the top of the post got a shout out from Nas. He ran through a slew of hits from the beginning (“NY State Of Mind”, “The World Is Yours” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)”) to the current faves (“The Don”, “Daughters” and “Cherry Wine”).
Nas has a lot of songs under his belt so at a point during his performance, he would do the hook or let the beat play. (i.e. his verse from ‘We Major’). I would have enjoyed to hear some rarities from him (“Star Wars” next time.)
The audience gave him much love and energy during the performance and that’s how you know that you’re a legend in hip hop. I was highly pleased with my first viewing of Nas in concert and I am sure that when the Life Is Good tour stops in your town, you won’t be disappointed.