Haze at Aria kicked off its Super Bowl weekend festivities with a rare live performance with the legendary lyricist Nas. The Queensbridge emcee arrived at the nightclub at 12:45 a.m. with a small group including his business partner Nick Sakai to briefly take photos on the Haze red carpet.
Wearing a black fitted cap low on his eyes, a black sweatshirt and dark denim jeans, he flicked it up for the cameras and fans before being quickly escorted inside to a VIP table overlooking the at-capacity crowd. At 2 a.m., Nas grabbed the mic and took partygoers on a musical journey through decades of his greatest hits including “Hate Me Now,” “Nas is Like,” “It Hard to Tell,” “Made You Look,” and his smash hit with Lauryn Hill “If I Ruled the World.”
Partygoers sang along to every song, often finishing his lyrics. During his set, he also plugged his and Sakai’s new sneaker shop Midnight Run that is set to open next month at the Linq. After his performance, the notoriously private lyricist returned to his table away tucked away from the crowds and quietly sipped on Hennessy until 3:20 a.m.
Also spotted at Haze, boxing champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather and his Money Team enjoying Nas’ performance. Mayweather and his entourage could be seen partying at a VIP table drinking champagne and Grey Goose — but water for the champ however; L.A. Dodgers and rumored Khloe Kardashian boyfriend Matt Kemp chatting with friends at his table; retired MLB and NFL players, Mike Cameron, Roy Green, Ron Harper, Milton Bradley; Antonie Winfield; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White; and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball.
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