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Olu Dara

Nas's father is a renowned free-jazz trumpeter and coronet player who'd already recorded and toured the world with Art Blakely, Jack McDuff and Cassandra Wilson by the time he recorded the gorgeous, understated solo that closes out "Life's a B---h." The song introduced Olu Dara to a new generation of fans, and he released his first albums as band leader in 1998 and 2001. Dara continues to perform and record today, and has been featured on several subsequent Nas tracks, including 2004's "Bridging the Gap." 

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