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To many hip-hop fans, Nas’ Illmatic remains one of the high-water moments when the genre was at its creative peak. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, Nas is performing Illmatic in its entirety. For fans curious about the making of the record, the rapper is screening a documentary about Illmatic’s genesis before he hits the stage. Giving fans a glimpse behind the scenes, the emcee shares stories from his upbringing that created the stories behind the songs. Although this tour may appear to be a victory lap, don’t expect Nas to slow down anytime soon. His last album, Life Is Good, demonstrated that, when he’s focused, the 40-year-old is still at the top of his game. Also Wednesday, Oct. 22. —Daniel Kohn

Sat., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/22/14)

LA Weekly