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Rapper Nas & Comedian Rex to Perform at MACC

May 2, 2013
The Maui Weekly

lobal ambassador of hip-hop Nas returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) on Thursday, May 2--this time performing solo on the Yokouchi Pavilion stage.

Nas is a gifted poet. Confessor. Agitator. Metaphor master. Street disciple. Political firebrand.

When he appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque" at 17 years old, hip-hop irrevocably changed. With music in his blood, courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones wrote his first verse at age 7, and with 1994's "Illmatic," created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink.

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Global ambassador of hip-hop, Nas, returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, May 2--this time performing solo on the Yokouchi Pavilion stage.

Two decades later, Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and candid rapper. He recently released "Life is Good," his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.

Nas has earned 11 Grammy Award nominations, seven platinum albums and "Top 5" rankings on MTV's "10 Greatest MCs of All Time" and The Source's "Top 50 Lyricists of All Time."

He is an avid UNICEF supporter, helping to raise funds for the East African region, Horn of Africa, and teaming up with the family of George Harrison for the organization's "Month of Giving." The rapper also donated all proceeds from his "Distant Relatives" tour, his 2010-11 collaboration with longtime friend Damian Marley, to help end poverty in Africa.

The Nas concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 on show day and $65 for VIP table seating on Morgado Lanai overlooking the courtyard (plus applicable fees).

For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit

On Friday, May 3, the funniest Filipino-American in the Pacific, Rex Navarrete, appears on the Castle Theater stage at 8 p.m. Rex combines keen observational humor with a dead-on Filipino accent to create bits that leave locals laughing in the aisles... if there is room.

Rex sold out his last 14 appearances in Hawai'i. His releases "Badly Browned" and "Husky Boy" were bestsellers on the Classified Records label. Navarrete released a third record, Bastos on his own label, Kakarabaw Productions, along with a handful of DVDs. His latest album, "Live at Cobb's" is available on iTunes.

Tickets are available for $20, $30 and $40 (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to



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