Nas performs during a tribute to Tupac at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in october 2004. Photo: Scott Gries / 2004 Getty Images
Nas performs at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Photo: Rick Diamond / 2008 Getty Images
Nas's first album, Illmatic from 1994.
Although Nas and Jay-Z had a feud which ran from 1999-2005, they formally ended it with a series of live performances together in 2005. Here is a shot of them performing together at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 200. Photo: Scott Gries / 2005 Getty Images
Nas and Jay-Z on the cover of Vibe, January 2006 after squashing their beef.
Nas and Pete Rock performing at Rock the Bells Festival in Toronto, ON. Photo: Tony Felgueiras
Nas, Ashanti, and Ja Rule live at at the 2002 MYV VMA's at Radio City Music Hall, August 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/ 2002 Getty Images
Nas, Kanye West, and Freeway perform onstage during Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2005: operation takeover. Photo: Scott Gries / 2005 Getty Images