Good news, fans of Nastradamus and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: The biggest tour of 1999 has finally arrived!
In all seriousness, October 6 marks the kick-off of an historic trek. The “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour features co-headliners Nas (he of the recently-released tenth solo album Life is Good) and Lauryn Hill (she of the forthcoming single “Black Rage,” multiple horror stories in the new Wyclef memoir, and quite a big tax bill).
Nas kicks the tour off by himself but will be joined by Hill for 10 shows, starting with a stop in Dallas on October 29. The whole thing ends on December 31 with a Nas solo show on New Year’s Even at New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall.
Of course, perhaps the bigger story here is the fact that Hill is promising a new single. The aforementioned “Black Rage” promises to appear some time this fall, and in a press release, Hill said, “I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it. I’ve been a long standing rebel against the stale, over commoditization. As artists we have opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving.” If you can understand any of that, you’ve probably given birth to a Marley or five.
Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, September 21. To properly prepare yourself for the coming together of a pair of hip-hop legends, check out their classic 1996 collaboration “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” from Nas’ second solo album It Was Written.