The 40 Defining Moments of Nas' Career

Performing at Virginia Tech Despite Criticism

Date: September 2007

Prior to Nas' performance at Virginia Tech, conservative news outlets blasted VT for inviting him to perform at the school just months after the Virginia Tech massacre had taken place. One pundit said that "having a rapper who trades in violence perform at Virginia Tech insults the victims [of the massacre], the university, and the entire commonwealth." Nas very well could have ignored the noise. But instead, he responded during his performance and later accused his critics of "marketing racism." Ouch.

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