If you ever wondered what Nas would sound like with a live orchestra backing him, next month will be your chance to find out. It's been over two decades since the release of the Queens native's iconic debut album Illmatic, but Nas recently teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra for a live rendition of his storied project. The performance will premiere through PBS on Feb. 2.
The 44-year-old reflected on how far one of the most revered hip-hop albums of all-time has taken him throughout life's journey, as he took in the scene from Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center: "It’s crazy, you know, I wrote this in the projects in New York City. Here we are in the capitol of America, Washington, D.C., and, you know, a bunch of white people with strings and all that, playing this album, and they're feeling it."