Photos: Nas Honored At 2nd Annual VIBE Impact Awards
"We didn't want the VIBE Impact Awards to be a lifetime achievement award. We want to honor someone who has made a lasting contribution to hip-hop and will continue to do so in the future," said editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall, before introducing Nas' former A&R exec Kate Newman.
During the night, Swizz Beatz would take the stand and admit he named his son -- Prince Nasir Dean -- after him. J. Cole would deliver a comical flashback to his childhood when he discovered Nas for the first time while being a die-hard Tupac fan. Former VIBE editor Erik Parker also took the podium to discuss Nas' influence and how rather than passing a torch to young rappers, he ignites it. No ID would comment on how Nas brings out the best in him, while Nas' former manager Steve Stoute also took to the stand to say some words.
Check out photos from the VIBE Impact Awards in the gallery that follows.
All photos by Johnny Nunez and Ryan C. Spencer