Party Diary: Nas performs at the Kennedy Center

On Saturday night at the Kennedy Center there were as many bow ties as there were backwards baseball caps. As many Allen Edmonds shoes as there were Air Force Ones sneakers. New York-native Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, rapper known as Nas, brought out a crowd so diverse it couldn’t quite be defined at the inaugural One Mic Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival, a 20-day event held at Washington’s marquee cultural institution.

Kicking off the festival with performances on Friday and Saturday, Nas, along with his pals at the National Symphony Orchestra, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, considered a hip-hop classic. This is what the night was like:

 

 

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