Dubbed “The Royalty Tour,” the two will be bringing a stacked setlist of songs spanning both of their careers to the Barclays Center on Wednesday, August 28.
Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Mary J. Blige is one of the defining voices of the contemporary R’nB’ music scene. Born in the Bronx, she began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist.
Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album “What’s the 411?” The multi-platinum record, produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.”
Blige helped redefine R’n’B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s “My Life.” She continued to use her gift of song to lift spirits and touch lives while bringing her soul and truth to hits like “Be Without You,” “No More Drama” and “Family Affair,” all of which have made her a force in music. In 2014, Blige released her 13th studio album, “The London Sessions.”
Since his “Illmatic” debut in 1994, iconic rapper Nas has long been considered one of the most influential and talented MCs to ever hold a mic. His follow-up “It Was Written” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, went double platinum in two months and made him internationally known. He has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, including “I Am,” “Nastradamus,” “Stillmatic” and “God’s Son.” Most recently, Nas released the fourth of five Kanye West-produced projects, “NASIR.”
The Queens-native has consistently released critically acclaimed projects that have become more than just hip-hop records, but defining moments in music history. His catalog speaks for itself, as Brooklynites can hear for themselves come August.
Mary J. Blige & Nas – The Royalty Tour
When: Wednesday, August 28
Where: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
How much: $40+ / Tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 28, 10:00am.
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