Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Rappers Celebrating 20 Years in the Game

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  • Longevity is a Rare Feat
  • Mobb Deep
  • Nas
  • Diddy
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Pete Rock and CL Smooth
  • Outkast
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Eightball and MJG
  • E-40


When Nas released his first album Illmatic in 1994, it wasn't hard to tell that his fate as one of the greatest lyricists in the game was cemented. Two decades later, the Queensbridge kid celebrated the collection with a performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He'll be releasing Illmatic XX later this month (April 15), along with the documentary, Time is Illmatic, which will open at the Tribeca Film Festival.

(Photo: Kyle Gustafson/for The Washington Post)

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