After a full day of learning at various panels with industry leaders and influencers, attendees of the REVOLT Music Conference dressed in their best to attend the event’s unforgettable gala dinner Saturday night (October 15).What made it so meaningful? Nasir Jones. Not only was Nas the recipient of REVOLT’s Jimmy Iovine Icon Award, but several of his family members and longtime friends gathered to honor who we’ve come to know as one of the most important voices in music and culture.
Through the night’s presenters and performers, we were reminded that Nas is more than a poetic lyricist, but a business man, entrepreneur, and producer admired by many.
His cousin and “Blackish” star Yara Shahidi kicked things off after an unapologetic performance by singer Bibi Bourelly, sharing heartfelt words that detailed how much Nas has inspired her as a person and actress, and elaborating on how his raw and organic lyrics have inspired millions.
Shahidi also touched on Nas’ involvement in film, not only an actor but as a creator. While the rapper landed an acting role in Hype Williams’ 1998 film Belly, he has since also executive produced and composed music on projects like Netflix’s “The Get Down,” The Land, and his biographical documentary Time Is Illmatic.
“Nasir is half-man, half-amazing,” said Shahidi not long before she introduced DMX to the stage.
DMX, who greeted the room with his famous lovable growl and formed a lifetime friendship with Nas while shooting Belly, made sure to express his sincerest love and gratitude for the Queensbridge legend, candidly explaining to Nas what an honor it is to be able to call him a friend.
[words by Revolt]