Nas has revealed a special one-night-only performance on the night of New York City that will show him performing the recently complete King’s Disease trilogy in all its entirety.
The performance will be held on February 24, at Madison Square Garden. Nas announced the news on Instagram the day before on November 11 (November 11) just hours after the release of his most recent album, Hit-Boy produced album King’s Disease 3.
As per the Garden’s official Twitter account, Chase cardholders will have early access to ticket sales starting at 10 a.m. (EST) the day of sale (November 15) until 10 p.m. (EST) on Thursday evening (November 17). The general public will be able purchase tickets from the next day (November 18,) beginning at 10 a.m.
After receiving a mixed reception for Nas’ Kanye West orchestrated Nas’ NASIR the year the year 2020’s King’s Disease marked the start of a new era in Nas his career.
The album went on to be awarded it the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album which was the first time that the Queensbridge rapper was acknowledged as a member of the Recording Academy since the arrival of his album debut in 1994.
King’s Disease 2 was released in the summer following, and earned Nas his greatest albums release with the album reaching No. 3 spot in the Billboard 200 chart. The album was given an extra boost due to the inclusion of Lauryn Hill, who sang “Nobody.”
In an interview with the Apple Music’s Ebro Darden on Rap Life Radio in the wake of the release of the album Nas likened Hit-Boy to the famed 29-time Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones.
“He’s like my Quincy [Jones], you know what I mean?” Nas said. Nas. “So I feel like the next thing I do, if I was to work with Hit-Boy on the next thing I do, I think that we might do something that is going to be magical.”
The Grammy-winning duo released “Magic” as surprise release in the month of December 2021 in which Nas suggested the possibility of a third installment of the King’s Diseaseseries.
Nas & Hit-Boy shared the album’s tracklist on their respective Instagram pages on Wednesday (November 9) and further generating excitement for their latest collaboration album.
King’s Disease III is a total of 17 tracks and features a single bonus track. The release is different from the previous installments in the trilogy this release features Nas performing each track without the assistance of guest performances.
Songs’ titles can give clues about what the listeners can expect from the album, including songs such as “Michael & Quincy,” named in honor of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones as well as “Thun” — a reference towards”Thun,” a reference to Queens, New York slang which was popularized by late Prodigy Mobb Deep. Mobb Deep.
“Thun” has already emerged as a standout track, featuring Nas reflecting on his youth dreaming of the cover of the Source while navigating the streets alongside the “thoroughbred” crew.
In the middle of his verse, Esco turns his attention to his fierce battle with JAY-Z and is amazed at the progress they’ve made and admits that he occasionally writes Hov laughing about how their feud “ain’t over.”
“No beef or rivals, they playing ‘Ether’ on TIDAL/ Brothers can do anything when they decide to/ In a Range Rover, dissecting bars from ‘Takeover’/ Sometimes I text Hova like, ‘N-gga, this ain’t over,’ laughing,” the rapper raps on mafioso production that recalls earlier albums such as The Firm as well as The Firm..