Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 | 11:03 p.m.
Hip-hop legend Nas kicked off his 40th birthday celebration weekend with dinner in the private dining room at Lavo in Palazzo. Joined by friends including Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy, the group enjoyed Kobe meatballs, tuna tartare, New York Steak and chicken parmigiano.
Soon afterward, Diddy surprised Nas by popping in to wish him “Happy Birthday”; they all shared laughs and snapped photographs. After dinner, Nas’ group headed to the Boom Box Room at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where he was surprised with a three-tiered cake with images of his albums. Nas enjoyed Hennessy cocktails and smoking cigars.
On Friday night, rapper Trinidad Jame$ hosted a pre-fight party at Lavo. A group of friends and he enjoyed crispy calamari, chicken parmigiano, Kobe meatballs and penna ala vodka before he made his way to the upstairs boutique club for a performance that included “All God Everything.”
At Tao in the Venetian, rapper Busta Rhymes was spotted at a VIP table on the dance floor with friends.
Nas’ birthday continued Saturday at Tao Beach. Arriving with friends, he enjoyed lunch while drinking Dom Perignon and Hennessy cocktails (we’re noticing a favorite cognac here). He was surprised by Busta, who stopped by to wish him a “Happy Birthday.” The two hung out in the cabana, laughing and singing along to the sounds of DJ Jerzy.
Nas was then treated to his second birthday cake of the weekend accompanied by a parade of pool floats. He took photographs of the cake adorned with a crown and Mets logo and was later seen tasting it with friends. Jame$, also at a VIP cabana poolside, later stopped by to say “Happy Birthday.” The group departed about 5 p.m. to prepare for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight.
Later that night, Tao continued Nas’ 40th birthday festivities with a post-fight party. Nas, in a Waraire Boswell gold-and-black suit, dined at Tao with friends before heading upstairs to the nightclub. DJ Vice announced his arrival, and the birthday presentation included b-boy dancers, a cake replica of the Queens Bridge and more Hennessy and Dom. Vice dropped a medley of Nas’ songs, including “If I Ruled the World,” “Hate Me Now” and “The Don.”
Busta, who also dined at Tao, partied at a VIP table next to Nas, got the room to sing “Happy Birthday” to Nas and proclaimed the legendary lyricist the “King of New York.” Downing half a bottle of Hennessy, Busta then rapped along to some of his hits.
Also at Tao: comedian Dave Chappelle for dinner and clubbing, Jame$, former NFL star Marcus Stroud and actor Dash Mihok. Thanks to Karl Larson of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery of the birthday weekend.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.