Pianist James Carson and drummer Lyndon Rochelle poured their hearts into a set
of original compositions and improvisations at Rockwood Music Hall on Friday. Between
Carson’s dancing at the piano and Rochelle’s constant wiping of sweat from his
brow, the physical and emotional energy the duo devoted to the performance was
Carson is far from your typical up-and-coming artist—a man with a feature documentary
scheduled for release in the coming year, but no Wikipedia entry; a prodigy who
designed and built a clay cabin in the isolation of rural Canada to spend
countless hours practicing, accompanied only by a wood-burning oven. Carson’s quirks,
however, are not without purpose. While attending New England Conservatory,
Carson had an epiphany and realized his goal was to create a completely new
musical conception that expressed the sound of earth and nature.
Hip hop legend and Queens native Nas held court for just over an hour at 92Y this Tuesday with Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Anthony DeCurtis steering the discussion. The wide-ranging interview presented Nas as a person, not just an artist, covering topics from childhood to parenthood and everything in between.
The evening served as a debriefing of Nas' New Year's Eve concert at Radio City Music Hall, as he related the consequences of bringing real-life struggles to the stage. "It was tense," he said of seeing his ex-wife, vocalist Kelis, after performing "Bye Baby" and tossing her now-famous green wedding dress to the floor.
The interview gave Nas a platform to emphasize the authenticity of Life Is Good, his four-time Grammy-nominated 2012 release. Although he mostly reiterated the “stay true to yourself” mantra, predominating artistic expression in all genres, Nas appeared open and honest, especially when discussing the lack of belonging he feels when visiting both childhood friends in his old Queens neighborhood and industry contacts in Bel Air.
influential, and platinum-selling rapper Nas will offer insights into his
childhood, philanthropic work, and inspiration behind his new hit record, Life
is Good, this Tuesday at the 92nd Street Y with Rolling Stone contributing editor
One of New York City's most important contributions to hip
hop, Nas has a nearly two-decade solo career, which has included numerous Billboard hits and highly publicized
controversies. Recently, he has devoted attention to fundraising for charities
devoted to ending poverty in Africa.