The Evolution of Nas

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Still the Illest

From Illmatic to Stillmatic to his eleventh studio album, Life Is GoodNas has been one of hip hop's singular greats, revered for his ability to bring history and depth to his lyrical storytelling for two decades now. Tuesday (April 14), Esco returns with Illmatic XX, a celebration of his 20 years in the game, a feat few have achieved. Read on for a retrospective of how the MC's legendary life became such a legacy.

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