NEW YORK—October 12, 2023—Continuing its “50 & Forever” celebration of hip-hop, Amazon Music will present an exclusive livestream of the blockbuster “N.Y. State of Mind Tour,” featuring Wu-Tang Clan and Nas with special guest De La Soul, on October 18. The livestream, which begins at 8 p.m. PDT, will broadcast the Seattle date of the blockbuster hip-hop tour from Climate Pledge Arena. Fans can watch the livestream on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and Prime Video.
The “N.Y. State of Mind Tour” unites three of the most influential East Coast hip-hop acts of all time on one unforgettable bill, bringing New York City to the rest of the world. The 32-date global tour kicked off in May in Auckland, New Zealand and has found the hip-hop icons traversing Australia, Europe, and North America. The 2023 tour comes on the heels of the sold-out 2022 “N.Y. State of Mind Tour,” which hit 25+ cities last year, and was nominated for Pollstar’s Hip-Hop Tour of The Year.
At 7 p.m. PDT on October 18, Amazon Music will host a live episode of Rotation Roundtable—the hip-hop talk show from Amazon Music hosted by Nyla Symone, Speedy Morman, Gabe P, and Rob Markman—on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, about Wu-Tang, Nas, and De La Soul’s legendary performance.
Watch Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and De La Soul’s ‘N.Y. State of Mind Tour’ livestream here:
Throughout 2023, Amazon Music has paid tribute to hip-hop’s monumental influence on music, culture, and society with “50 & Forever,” which has brought fans together to honor hip-hop’s undeniable legacy and champion the artists writing the next 50 years of hip-hop’s history. Created by Rotation—the hip-hop and R&B brand from Amazon Music—”50 & Forever” has given the genre its well-deserved flowers, with curated events, livestreams, playlists, original content, and new music.
“50 & Forever” has been at the center of some of the year’s most important hip-hop events and livestreamed culture-defining moments, like J. Cole’s 2023 Dreamville Festival and Mary J. Blige’s annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit. All summer long, Amazon Music hosted “50 & Forever” City Sessions concerts in New York and Atlanta. Livestreamed to fans around the globe on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and Prime Video, these concerts have featured landmark performances from some of the most important names in hip-hop, including Clipse, Jeezy, Wale, Rick Ross, T.I., and Joey Bada$$.
All year long, “50 & Forever” has curated original content, playlists, and programming for hip-hop fans young and old, including “Rap Rotation Rewind in DJ Mode,” a listening experience hosted by legendary radio/television personality Free Marie (106 & Park, Power 105.1).
ABOUT WU-TANG CLAN:
Considered by many to be the greatest hip-hop group of all time, Wu-Tang Clan have been touring as a unit since their debut record — Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) — came out in 1993. The now triple-platinum release vaulted the New York City group with songs like “C.R.E.A.M.” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) and “Protect Ya Neck” that are about as recognizable as anything in the rap canon.
Their live sets are a family affair, with every member of the crew representing their lyrical contributions to the Wu’s eight studio albums, as well as notable cuts from the Wu-Tang solo discography. With the omnipresent Wu-Tang “W” flanking all angles of the stage, there’s a familiarity to Wu-Tang Clan’s music that gives their shows unique mass appeal.
Whether they’re delivering the 36 Chambers record front to back on the album’s 25th Anniversary Tour, or tracks from GZA’s seminal Liquid Swords and Raekwon’s mafioso-minded Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, or honoring the legacy of their departed brother, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, every Wu-Tang Clan show is a celebration of prolific careers as individuals and especially as the most storied group in hip-hop history.
Nas (Nasir Jones) first reached an international audience when his track “Halftime” was tapped by producer MC Serch as the opening cut on 1992’s Zebrahead movie soundtrack. Signed to Columbia Records, the first full-length album by poet and rhyme-master Nas arrived in 1994, Illmatic. The RIAA platinum hip-hop landmark featured “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” “The World Is Yours,” and “One.” 1996 brought the breakthrough double-platinum It Was Written (#1 R&B for 7 weeks, #1 pop for 4 weeks), with his first major crossover singles “Street Dreams” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” Success continued with the double-platinum I Am in 1999 (again #1 pop and #1 R&B), with the chart singles “Nas Is Like,” “Hate Me Now” (featuring Puff Daddy), and “You Won’t See Me Tonight” (featuring Aaliyah).
Subsequent albums by Nas included: the RIAA platinum Nastradamus (1999, #2 R&B, #7 pop, with “Nastradamus” and “You Owe Me,” featuring Ginuwine); the platinum Stillmatic (2001, #1 R&B, #5 pop, with “Got Ur Self A…,” “One Mic,” and “Rule”); the platinum God’s Son (2002, #1 R&B, with huge R&B/pop crossover hits “Made You Look” and “I Can”); and the platinum double-CD Street’s Disciple (2004, #2 R&B, #5 pop, with “Bridging the Gap” and “Just a Moment”). And his 2012 album, Life Is Good earned him 4 Grammy nominations including Rap Album of the Year and is certified RIAA gold.
Over the years, Nas has also been the featured guest on a number of crossover hits by other artists, among them: Allure (“Head Over Heels,” 1997); Missy Elliott (the #1 “Hot Boyz,” 1999); fellow Queensbridge rapper Mobb Deep (“It’s Mine,” 1999); Jagged Edge (“I Got It 2,” 2002); J-Lo (“I’m Gonna Be Alright,” 2002); Kanye West (“Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been),” 2006); DJ Khaled (“Nas Album Done,” 2016); Swizz Beats (“Echo,” 2018); Jhene Aiko (“10K Hours,” 2020) and others.
In August 2020, Nas released King’s Disease. King’s Disease marked Nas’ first new album in 2 years. The album was entirely produced by Hit-Boy, and Gabriel “G Code” Zardes serves as the albums co-executive producer. The album won “Best Rap Album” at the 2021 GRAMMYs, marking Nas’ first ever GRAMMY win. In August of 2021, Nas released King’s Disease II, a sequel to the GRAMMY Award winning album. King’s Disease II was executive produced by Nas and Hit-Boy and features collaborations with Eminem, EPMD, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, YG, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Hit-Boy & more. The album earned a nomination for “Best Rap Album” at the upcoming 64th GRAMMY Awards. Most recently, Nas released a surprise album titled Magic featuring A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier.
In addition to his successful career in music, Nas has pursued a career in motion pictures that began with his co-starring role (alongside DMX) in 1998’s cult classic crime drama Belly, a film by director Hype Williams (with whom Nas has done several music videos). Most recently, he was the executive producer of the 2016 Netflix series The Get Down.
Nas is also the co-founder of Mass Appeal Records.
ABOUT DE LA SOUL:
De La Soul is a New York based trio whose members Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo created the hip hop masterpiece 3 Feet High and Rising, initially released on March 3, 1989. The group is best known for their eclectic and innovative sampling, quirky lyrics and their contributions to the evolution of jazz rap and alternative hip-hop subgenres. The band won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for their song “Feel Good Inc.” with The Gorillaz in 2005. In 2015, De La Soul raised over $600,000 on Kickstarter from fans to independently release their album And the Anonymous Nobody…, which was their first #1 on the Rap Albums chart and was also nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy.
ABOUT AMAZON MUSIC
Amazon Music is an immersive audio entertainment service that connects fans, artists, and creators through music, podcasts, and culture. Amazon Music brings fans closer to what they love, with curated and personalized playlists, artist livestreams, artist merch, and Amazon Exclusive podcasts. Prime members get access to over 100 million songs in shuffle mode, All-Access playlists, plus the largest catalog of top ad-free podcasts, included with their membership. Customers can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for full, on-demand access to 100 million songs in HD and a growing catalog of Ultra HD and Spatial audio. Anyone can listen to Amazon Music by downloading the free Amazon Music app, or wherever they listen to music including Alexa-enabled devices. Learn more at www.amazonmusic.com.
ABOUT CLIMATE PLEDGE ARENA
Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center, is the complete redevelopment of an historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The arena is home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events. Climate Pledge Arena serves as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action and will be the first zero carbon certified arena in the world. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. Climate Pledge Arena opened October 19, 2021. climatepledgearena.com