Nas, “Let It Go” (Originally Published January/February 2007)

This Saturday, Nas’ magnum opus Illmatic turns 20. The Queensbridge native’s journey into becoming a legendary MC all started with a groundbreaking debut that captured his worldview of the projects through a sharpened lens. XXL is celebrating the monumental anniversary with Nas Week, and we are proud to present you with every cover the iconic rapper has appeared on. Now let us take a trip down memory lane. Happily married, at peace with himself, comfortable with his record label, his boss and his release date, Nas is mad at only one thing: hip-hop. In fact, he thinks he might rather be ...

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