A DJ battle, a hip-hop dance-crew face-off and a surprise guest appearance by Nas, all in the name of an important cause.
Radio and television personality Miss Info hosted an event called "Rebuilding the Bridge" on Saturday night at New York's Pace University. The charity event was to raise relief funds for the Sichuan earthquake disaster, with proceeds going to the Mercy Corps.
Just Blaze was the DJ for the night, and Nas showed up not only to support the function, but to give props to one of the night's honorees: Rik Cordero.
Nas applauded the music-video director, who recently shot clips for Nas' records "Sly Fox" and "Be a N---er Too."
"Your vision captured everything I wanted to say," Nas said, addressing Cordero in front of the sold-out crowd at Pace's Michael Schimmel Center. " ... We're like the same dude, man."
Regarding the latest video, "Sly Fox," Nas said: "Fox News is just not the place where people should go to express themselves. ... They're not on the side of the normal, righteous human being. They're on the side of ratings and money."
The mood of the evening became the more jovial as singer Ryan Leslie performed "Diamond Girl" and Just Blaze battled fellow turntablist DJ Delinger. One of Asia's biggest pop stars, JYP, also made an appearance, as did star b-boy factions the Dynamic Rockers, the Breaks Crew and the Jabbawockeez.
More than 60,000 people have died as a result of the May earthquake.