Represent: Nas Live Review


June, 2012

With performances by Kano, Speech Debelle, Children Of The Night and more.

Over nine nights the Represent stage has hosted many of the world’s best-loved bands. They came in all shapes and sizes, from Plan B’s full backing band to The Bots’ two man show but on the closing night Nas proved that sometimes all you need is one man and a mic to captivate a crowd.

The night went across the full spectrum of hip-hop, starting with the old school referencing Children Of The Night who matched up on point rhymes with infectious on-stage energy and started the show with a bang. Moving things across the pond Speech Debelle started her set with a lively rendition of ‘Studio Backpack Rap’ from 2012’s ‘Freedom of Speech’. With her signature delivery and tight live band it was easy to see why she won the Mercury prize a few years back.

Representing another side of the UK sound grime MC Kano bounced on stage to an uptempo rendition of 2005’s ‘Reload It’. The urban music landscape has changed massively since then but Kano amply proved he is still one of the best MCs the UK has to offer. The crowd agreed, with a surprising number of people knowing all the words to what seemed like the whole set. He pulled in long-time sparring partner Ghetto for the last couple of tracks who responded to the rising temperature by ripping his shirt off and dropping some of his trademark quick fire delivery.

You could feel the wave of excitement surge across the room as Nas took to the stage, backed up by DJ Green Lantern blasting out the opening notes of ‘The Don’ from this year’s ‘Life is Good’. He didn’t make the fans wait long before heading in to classic territory though with ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’, ‘N.Y State Of Mind’ and, of course, ‘Represent’ all making an appearance. Up on stage he looked in his element playing in this intimate setting, even noting on the mic that, “Careers start at clubs like this”. The whirlwind tour round his extensive catalogue finished with the poignant ‘Bye Baby’, written about his high profile divorce with Kelis. Another emotional moment in nine nights that have been packed full of them.

That’s the final show wrapped up, but don’t forget video highlights can be found for all shows at and stay tuned to

Comments (60)
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  • Ling Ling I was there!! What an amazing night. Will there be more photos posted?? Wed Aug 29, 2012
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  • Video: Nas Live At The 100 Club London - Emcee Enthusiast [...] London. The sold out show featured Nas, Kano, Speech Debelle & Children Of The Night.” Full. PreviousVideo: 1982 (@StatikSelekt & @TermanologyST) In Europe With @Nas, @MacMiller & [...] Thu Aug 16, 2012
  • Nas // Cherry Wine | Bangers and Gash [...] night I was lucky enough to go to the Converse Represent show with Nas at the 100 club. It was hot. I mean blistering. There are Bedouins who live in the [...] Sat Aug 11, 2012
  • sander gee NASTY NAAAAS QB's FINEST Fri Aug 10, 2012
  • Paul mitchell I would love to see naz and the other at the great 100club Thu Aug 09, 2012
  • Paolo D Flr NAS..i love him! please 2 tickets for me. nas nas, nas is liiikeee Wed Aug 08, 2012
  • Represent: All The Action » Converse UK [...] Mon 6th Aug SBTRKT, Rudimental, John Talabot, Lemonade more info… Tue 7th Aug Santigold, Django Django, Best Coast, Citizens!, Friends more info… Wed 8th Aug Toots & The Maytals, Natty, The Heatwave, Janice Graham Band more info… Thur 9th Aug Overkill, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Safety Fire, Wet Nuns more info… Fri 10th Aug Nas, Speech Debelle, Spoek Mathambo, Children of The Night more info… [...] Mon Aug 06, 2012
  • Rob doh to late Sun Aug 05, 2012
  • One God Ticket to see nas ? That is my last wish before I die ... Wed Aug 01, 2012
  • serena This is so unfair, i i did not not about this event and now all tickets are gone. so unfair for regular people like me who support the real talented artist of today in a world where everything is manufactured and shoved down our throats. I would love to see NAS and the great talent they have lined up. Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • Omar M Need some Nasty Nas Queenbridge tunes!! would be incredible! Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • Segen I'm a huge fan of nas his number one fan Wed Jul 25, 2012
  • oliver tickets to see nas and kano..for free!?!? stuff of legend. dream for any aspiring rapper / music fan! Sat Jul 21, 2012
  • Marcus Marshall Need a ticket to go see Nas. Fri Jul 20, 2012
  • Marcus Marshall NAS........ I got all his albums including ''The Lost Tapes''. Luv the track Nasty, the beat is sick. I sae Nas at Hammersmith Apollo, couple years back, that was hot, esp when ''Eather'' dropped. Fri Jul 20, 2012
  • Hass Wow this line up looks epic, if theres any tickets going id be v.grateful. Thu Jul 19, 2012
  • daniel fitzsimons Just been to see Nas in Manchester and saw speech this year at jazz cafe Camden , please give me a ticket , I woulda paid 100 notes for this , so dope Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • daniel fitzsimons Just been to see Nas this week and speech at camden jazz cafe , i would have piad uptoo 100 notes for this , please give me a ticket .. Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • Dej wat da! This is a line up and a half. Yea you done good Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • Jessica Nas Mon Jul 16, 2012
  • Leena Ya'll ready for Naz.. Amazing line up.. Please pick mee :) Sun Jul 15, 2012
  • Leena Ya'll ready for Naz??? A mazing line up... Please pick me :) Sun Jul 15, 2012
  • Sian Please with a capital p Sun Jul 15, 2012
  • fede incredibile!! Sat Jul 14, 2012
  • Kenny Ejimofor I would love to attend the Nas gig on Aug 10! Been a fan for 16 years. Sat Jul 14, 2012
  • Lydia Praying I win tickets to this! Had to miss Nas' last UK show despite having tickets, to finally see the man himself perform would be so incredible Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Khuram converse dont break my heart! i gota see nas! hook a brother up! x Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Heather Nas & Kano in one night. Pretty pleeeeeeeeeese! Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Yinka Nas life is good Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Yinka Missed two nas shows this year already, this will not be the third one..... #teamNas Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • ANNA would love to see the best raper in the world: NASIR JONES!!Gotta win it! Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • Tash Been loving this guy since I was 10. His music is more than legendary and he is undoublty the best lyricsllist. Would love this chance to see him. xx Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • Carmelita I have loved Nas for years and years and the ability to see him Live and Kano among other on the one night ---------->>>> dream come true!!! Tue Jul 10, 2012
  • Jacob Peregrine-Wheller Gutted that I missed him at Hackney Weekend too. Hip-hop is far from dead and as a punter/fan I'd aid showing him! :D Tue Jul 10, 2012
  • Kristy Mr Jones!!! I can only wish Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Thomas O'Connell Daaamn, gig got cancelled so missed Nas up in Birmingham, but be live if actually got to see him, plus Speech Debelle AND COTN !!!! can I buy my way in? Night will be SICK! HOOK ME UP!!!! Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Ornella Spoek Mathambo i've just seen it fantastic. Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Ornella Nas is like. Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Jack Bannerman Illimatic is my favourite album of all time. Go on.. Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Koben Nas. One Word. A Thousand Bars. Thu Jul 05, 2012
  • Jo Marsh I am one of NAS's biggest since day one. For his cute lovely looks but also his lyrical skills to the whole shebang lol! I got all his albums & a DVD. My pops is a fan of his too. I needs us a ticket it would be amazing (half man half amazing lol! Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Kevin Rawlins NAS is a living legend would wear my chucks to see him ;0) Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Jayaa I agree Dr, if I knew Nas would be at Hackney Weekender I would have signed up - Hopefully I'll get to see him perform later this summer Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • Richard Castle Nasty NAS in your area causing mass hysteria Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • Dr Karan Murugavel Great to see that Nas is going to perform again in London this year, I couldnt get tickets to the hackney weekend and was gutted I couldnt him perform Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • tyrone ham what a nice line-up,i cannot wait and to see nasty nas would be good fun,i've got most of his recordings. Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • Mark Any opportunity to see the legend that is Nas!!! Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • James Fisher Awesome lineup! Fri Jun 29, 2012
  • ca3 Looks like Converse are putting on another banger! Fri Jun 29, 2012
  • Luigi Federici Nasty Nas in your area, about to cause mass hysteria!! Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Charlotte D One word NAS! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Charlotte D One word NAS Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Barry Looks Like a great line up!!!!! so cool you guy's saved the club!!! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • samantha Meredith Would really love to go to this love Kano.. Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Ryan Bellett Nas, 18 Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Melvin hilmi it would be a privilage . Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Gary great line up in a great club Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • sunita sharma What a line up, it would be such a reward after a very long hard day at the London Olympics press centre. PLEASE. Tue Jun 26, 2012
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