Nas has definitely made is mark on history and as we countdown the hours to the 20th anniversary his iconic album Illmatic, the Queens-bred MC shares with Revolt why it’s important not to stifle rappers such as Chief Keef from doing the same.

“What people gotta understand is in the street you don’t exist until you do something to put your name in some form in one of the history book pages,” said Nas. “When you think you have nothing, the smallest thing can give you some purpose.”

The living legend said that Keef’s behavior has a lot to do with the street life and how that environment grooms you to do whatever it takes to be acknowledged.

“If you feel like you’re zero, you’re nothing you’ll do anything to feel alive and that anything could be the penitentiary chances you taking but whatever it is you want to do it.” –Chris M. Garner

Watch the full interview below: