Nas is a man of style and substance. The rapper performed at the SLS Hotel over the weekend at a party celebrating GQ Men, an Assouline book showcasing guys’ dapper fashion choices through archival photos.
“My style is a representation of what’s in my head,” Nas told Miami.com. “If you look a mess then there’s a part in your head that’s messy. How you look is everything.”
Oh yeah, he also talked music and the evolution of his sound, which evolved from growing up listening to hip hop groups EPMD, NWA and A Tribe Called Quest.
“I live in today’s world, but I love the music I grew up with,” said the Queens, N.Y., native. “I do what I feel like I should be doing based on those influences. I run it through a funnel, and it comes out how it’s supposed to come out 21st [century]. Those ’80s and ’90s babies keep it pushing.”
The 40-year-old chart topper also has a head for business, having recently invested in a job-search app, Proven.
“Learn about technology. Become an engineer,” Nas said of the app. “We have tons of rappers. We need more engineers, scientists and technology people behind the scenes. If they see me investing they’ll hopefully want to get into it at some point.”
Show me the money
Local Who Wants to be A Millionaire? contestant JC Smith has a cushier bank account thanks to his successful showing Monday on the Fox game show hosted by Cedric The Entertainer.
The 29-year-old private music teacher who lives in Morningside cruised through questions — one about Rick Ross’ song Pots and Pans was a giveaway — but got stumped by how a Vegas shrimp farm grows its local seafood (B. in shipping containers). Out of life lines, Smith opted to walk away with half of his Millionaire Bank, $15,750. Smart choice: had he guessed incorrectly, the pot would have fallen back to just $1,000.
The self-proclaimed board game connoisseur was hoping that if he won the whole pot he’d open his own board game cafe.
KISS fans may want to catch up on their sleep before Oct. 27. Will Call Miami bar in downtown is the site of a party from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., the day before the rockers set sail from the Port of Miami on their third annual Kiss Kruise to Key West and the Bahamas. All net proceeds from ticket sales benefit Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre, named after Gene Simmons’ daughter with Shannon Tweed. The afternoon to morning affair will see Q&As, raffles; and meet and greets with Ken Sharp, author of a KISS biography, and Alan Parker ( Angela’s Ashes), who is currently directing a KISS documentary; You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best.
Hell of a time
After being sidelined with an arm injury, John Cena makes a return to World Wrestling Entertainment just in time for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view Oct. 27 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Cena challenges South Florida’s Alberto Del Rio for the World title as announced by SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero.
In the main event, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton battle for the vacant WWE title in Hell in a Cell. HBK Shawn Michaels, who trained Bryan and is friends with WWE CEO Triple H, is the guest referee.
The Hell in a Cell is a 24-foot-high roofed cell (enclosed steel cage) structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. There are no disqualifications or count outs (also no escape). The only way to win Hell in a Cell is by pinfall or submission inside the ring. More: www.wwe.com
Madeleine Marr & Jim Varsallone