Nas was recently in for a surprise when a mural surfaced of his face in his hometown of Queensbridge, New York.
The rapper admitted during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the mural freaked him out and caught him off guard — and the reason why it scared him is all too real.
"I got the call and people were texting me pictures of it and it scared me," Nas recalls. "Because usually when they put a mural up of someone in the neighborhood, he's dead."
The mural was painted by a French artist and features the word "Queensmatic," a play the title of Nas's debut studio album, Illmatic.
"It's a huge honor," the rapper continues. "I hope that the kids out there see it as an example, like you can be something, you know? It doesn't matter where you're from or whatever. If you have a dream, go after it."
With many arguing that it's important to honor our legends while they are still living, we definitely could understand what initially went through Nas's mind when he first saw the mural.
Take a look at Nas and Jimmy Kimmel discussing the street art tribute in the clip below.
(Photo: ABC/Randy Holmes)