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Gods of Rap returns to UK with Nas, DMX, The Lox and Gang Starr (2020)

Gods of Rap II

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the sold-out UK and European dates last year, Gods of Rap returns this April (2020) for three very special UK arena dates, including London.

Headliner Nas heads up a stacked bill that includes full sets from DMX, The Lox and Gang Starr.

The shows kick off at Manchester Arena on Thursday, April 23 followed by a return to London at The O2 on Friday, April 24 and a final date at Birmingham Arena on Saturday, April 25. All shows will be hosted and presented by the legendary Just Blaze.

A hip-hop icon since the early 1990s, Nas emerged from the Queensbridge neighbourhood of Long Island City to become one of the greatest MC’s of all time. Nas has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career and received 13 Grammy awards in the process.

His recent album, The Lost Tapes 2, sees a compilation of selected unreleased tracks from Nas’ last four albums that he has released.

A well-known veteran in the world of rap DMX began his career in the ‘90s with his debut studio album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, released in 1998. Throughout his epic musical career, he has released seven studio albums the most recent, Undisputed, in 2012.

The Lox are headed up by Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and Styles P. The New York-based rap trio have written and rapped on hits by the likes of Puff Daddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey. Their debut album, Money, Power & Respect, went platinum in 1998, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was ranked #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Albums.

Their follow-up records We Are The Streets, The Trinity EP and Filthy America… It’s Beautiful all reached critical acclaim.

Undoubtedly one of the most revered, beloved and influential groups in hip hop, Gang Starr will be performing a very special Legacy set with a live band and a visual experience, which pays tribute to original founding member Guru. Having just released their first album in 16 years, One of the Best Yet, the record was produced entirely by DJ Premier with vocals from the one and only Guru.

The Gods of Rap II live dates are (all April 2020)

23 – Manchester Arena
24 – London The O2 Arena
25 – Birmingham Arena

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, January 31 at 10am.