Happy 40th Birthday, Nas!

Today marks the 40th birthday of one of hip-hop’s unqualified greats, Nas. Starting his career at the age of 17 with his legendary appearance on the Main Source’s “Live At The BBQ,” Nas has been one of hip-hop’s most celebrated mainstays, releasing 13 albums and selling over 25 million records across the globe on the way.

Nas’ greatest achievement perhaps was one of his first. 1994′s Illmatic is arguably considered the greatest hip-hop album of all-time and has influence that is surpassed by few pieces of music in hip-hop. Often credited as one of the greatest lyricists of all-time, Nas has become an icon in hip-hop that has set the bar for greatness for those that have followed.

Happy Birthday, Nas!