N.O.R.E. Gives Rare Show At Lovers & Friends Festival, Hints That It's His Last

Is the Queens legend only sticking to Drink Champs from now on?

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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N.O.R.E. was one of many hip-hop legends that performed at the Lovers & Friends Festival last Saturday (May 6) in Las Vegas. However, he was perhaps the only act in attendance who teased that it would be his final performance. The Drink Champs host has obviously found a lot of success with that show, and he hinted at it being time to fully enter a new chapter. Regardless of that info, the Queens MC still played through many of his greatest tracks much to the excitement of the crowd. Still, it's quite the bittersweet affirmation from the rapper, as fans are always going to want more.

With that in mind, it's actually been quite rare for N.O.R.E. to perform these days. As such, maybe this revelation, as unofficial as it may be, shouldn't come as much of a surprise to many hardcore fans. Even considering his increasing focus in the podcasting space and other media avenues, people usually go for a farewell tour. Just look at 50 Cent, who recently announced "The Final Lap" tour and hinted at his last hurrah in the trek's title.

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N.O.R.E. Hits The Lovers & Friends Festival Stage

No matter his seemingly relinquished performance duties, the 45-year-old is still very proud of what he's built on Drink Champs. While catching up with HipHopDX at Lovers & Friends, he revealed that his interview with Nas was the most surreal for him to do. "That’s my brother and I never really wanted to interview him at all because he’s my brother, but the fact that he did sit down... it’s very weird to ask people questions that you don’t wanna ask them," N.O.R.E. expressed. "I’m not the police, and they know I’m not the police, but at the end of the day, I wanna have fun and I wanna make them surreal.

"At the end of the day, all hip-hop stars is superheroes," he continued. "But the thing is what makes Drink Champs Drink Champs is I don’t make ’em superheroes. I make them Clark Kents." Considering that, N.O.R.E. might not hit the stage again, but he'll surely continue contributing to the culture in a positive and influential way. For more news and the latest updates on the hip-hop heavyweight, check back in with HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.