Rapper Nas has announced plans to adapt the 1984 film “Beat Street” into a Broadway musical. The project was revealed during a screening of the classic film at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival, where Nas celebrated the film’s 40th anniversary. As a producer, Nas will collaborate with key filmmakers from the original movie, including Arthur Baker and Michael Holman.

“Beat Street wasn’t just a film – it spread the revolution of hip-hop culture throughout the country and the world. It left an indelible mark, inspiring generations of young artists and creating new hip-hop fans alike. It’s an honor to breathe new life into this iconic work and celebrate its enduring legacy.”

The original film featured a mix of actors and hip-hop artists, including Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa & The Sonic Force, Doug E. Fresh, Treacherous Three, and Melle Mel. The film’s influence on hip-hop culture is undeniable, and Nas aims to bring its raw energy to the stage.

In addition to this project, Nas recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his album Illmatic, announcing a tour to perform the album.