This past Friday, Nas was honored at Vibe’s 2nd Annual Impact Awards. Many came in appreciation of the hip hop legend, but one tribute stood out in particular. J. Cole took to the stage to deliver a tribute to Nas where he goes into detail of his first time hearing the Queens’ MC’s ¨I Gave You Power¨ and how he rooted for Nas during the Jay-Z battle.
This video represents what I love about hip hop today. We’re in an era where fans are becoming the artists and the genre is developing an even more layered identity that will carry it forward for the future. Watch the video and soak in J. Cole’s heartfelt tribute.