THROWBACKS

Nas, “Hey Young World” (Originally Published November 2011)

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. Twenty years ago, he was a teen phenom, making a name for himself with controversial rap lyrics and high artistry. Today, Nas is an elder spokesman in hip-hop, being interviewed by a new just-barely-beyond-teen ...

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