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Exclusive: Nas Reflects On 20th Anniversary of ‘Illmatic’ + Gives Props To J. Cole

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After two decades, Nas is still at the top of his game!

The hip hop legend is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut album, Illmatic and told HipHollywood, “I think about the way the game was back then and I didn’t know I would even be still around this long…I didn’t want to be around this long in the game to tell you the truth.”

And even though he didn’t want to be here, he can now look back on the 20+ years in the rap game and give a little advice to the new comers. “Anybody out there that’s working on their first album, who’s only made one album right now, just think about 20 years from now and it’s gonna be a great feeling.”

HipHollywood caught up with the “One Mic” MC as he was being honored at the 2nd annual Vibe Impact Awards. J. Cole, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and more came out to show their support for Nasty Nas.

And while everyone came out to celebrate Nasir, he took a moment to give props to another New York rapper, J. Cole.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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