"It was like 'This is where I'm from, this is the struggle. And I might not make it out, but here's my album. So if I don't get out, that y'all did know that I existed.'"
Nas reflected on his Illmatic debut when we honored him earlier this year at our 2nd Annual VIBE Impact Awards. Paying homage to the prolific rap legend, we asked a few of other artists, including The Game, Common, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q, how Nas has changed hip-hop. Reiterating his penchant for poetry and potent lyricism, these and more artists broke down what Nasty Nas means to the game.
Take a look back at our VIBE Impact honoree and what they all had to say here.