If I Ruled The World, Nas And Lauryn Would Go On Tour: Duo Announce Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour

September 20, 2012 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Good news for hip-hop fans!

If you hadn’t heard by now, after popping up together at Rock The Bells and Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Lauryn Hill and the very fine Nas have decided to collaborate the Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo way for a joint tour. Coming this fall, the tour will kick off on Oct. 6 in Columbia, Md., with Nas doing a string of solo performances before Hill joins in for 10 shows and starts by bringing the “Black Rage” in Dallas on Oct. 29, as they continue the tour together. On a side note, “Black Rage” is actually the title of the new track Lauryn Hill is releasing soon, and focuses on “racial inequality and abuse” of all things. According to the Los Angeles Times, the title of the single and her part of the tour’s name a juxtaposition to Nas’s mantra that “Life is Good,” as it can only be good when these issues of racial inequality are finally addressed and something is done about them for the better. In a statement, Hill spoke about why she felt going on the joint tour was necessary:

“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.”

Cryptic as usual, gotta love that Lauryn! Nas summed things up about the tour everybody’s been waiting for in a much more succinct way: “Better late than never. Life is good!”

If you’re still jamming to “If I Ruled The World” damn near 20 years later (16 to be specific) and crave seeing a stage with both classic hits from Nasty Nas and L Boogie, you’re finally in luck. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and there are pre-sale tickets going out on today. While this sounds like great news (maybe circa 2000), I’m just hoping Lauryn will be able to put on a dope show that will get the fans hype about her new music and endeavors. For the past few years, people have been calling L Boogie out for being extremely late to performances, and then chopping up and screwing her songs so that they don’t sound anything like what people can recognize. And many have complained about her vocal changes. But as a huge fan still, here’s to hoping that things will be different, and that these two will teach these young’ns what real hip-hop is.

10 cities, are any of these near you?

October 29: Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)

October 31: Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center)

November 2: Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle)

November 4: Washington, DC (DAR Constitution Hall)

November 7: Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)

November 11: Boston, MA (House of Blues)

November 14: Chicago, IL (Congress Theatre)

November 16: Denver, CO (Fillmore Auditorium)

November 17: Magna, UT (Salt Air)

November 19: Oakland, CA (Fox Oakland Theater)

Are you excited for this tour? Why or why not? 

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  • CarmyneRevolver

    I loved Lauryn Hill, but let’s be honest. This tour has only come to fruition because the IRS is on her behind about those taxes she didn’t feel she has to pay. I’m disappointed. Would’ve been a great idea if I felt like her heart was in it and it wasn’t a ploy to keep her out of jail.

  • Candacey Doris

    10 cities only? That bites. And i can’t justify flying out when Lauryn might not even show up.

    • MLS2698

      Not enough to pay the past due taxes.

  • realadulttalk

    I wouldn’t purchase a ticket. Why? Because Lauryn has the worst track record for showing up on time if at all for her performances. Guess ish is really real in the Hill household with the IRS ’cause I can’t have seen her doing this 10 years ago.

  • adiatc

    Yes if Lauryn shows up on time!