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Event Recap: Heineken Red Star Access [Philly] with Wale, Q-Tip, & Nas

The Electric Factory had a packed house when the Heineken Red Star Access tour found its way to Philly and like always, Heineken did not disappoint. With Q-Tip serving as the venue's house DJ for the event, the crowd, filled with trendsetters, hip-hop heads, industry folk, and fans of the three artists, was on their feet for 4 hours partying to both old school and new school hip-hop. iSocialite's buddy Affion Crocket served as the host for the evening, entertaining the crowd with his jokes. 

After Q-Tip's first set, Wale came out and captured every ladies heart in the room. Performing with a live band, he started off his set with "Ambition", followed up with "Beautiful Bliss". He did a medley of his hits, going back all the way to his debut single, "Nike Boots" to hits like "The Break Up Song", "Lotus Flower Bomb", and "Actin' Up". He even got geechi on the crowd and hit the moonwalk during "Slight Work". During his set, he brought out Freeway, who spit his verse from "What We Do". Wale finished out his set with his verse from "No Hands" before he thanked the crowd and headed backstage. 
Q-Tip came back out in between Wale's and Nas's set to showcase his abilities on the ones and twos. When the crowd began to chant "Can I kick it?" Tip teased the crowd by saying "Wouldn't it be crazy if Phife, Ali, and Jarobi came out and we just started performing? Yea... Not gonna happen!" He did shout out Philly for showing him and his fellow A Tribe Called Quest mates love and played a number of their hits until DJ Green Latern was ready to set up for Nas

The energy in the room shifted as soon as Nas came on stage. When Wale was on stage the newly 21 and 22 year olds recited every word. However, it was time for the 80's babies to shine. Repeating the title of his new album "Life is Good", Mr. Jones was in the mood to celebrate the release of his new album, as well as the start of his Life is Good/Black Rage tour, which he is co-headlining with Ms. Lauryn Hill. Performing hits like "Hate Me Now" "If I Ruled the World" "The World is Yours" and "One Mic", Nas was all smiles as he stood on stage in the packed venue in his Electric Factory t-shirt. He even mixed in "Daughters" and "Bye Baby", two singles off his new album, which reflect some of his family issues. "My daughter wanted to kill me when this song came out. This was my public ass whoopin to her" he stated. He wrapped up his performance with "Made You Look" and thanked all the brave hearts in the building. 
If you weren't at the Electric Factory, you seriously missed out! Free food, free beer, and three legendary performers.. Thank you Red Star Access.  

Event Review By: Ayana Howard
Photos By: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

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