Lollapalooza 2014: Nas + Vic Mensa

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Nas performs at Summer Jam 2014 on June 1, 2014.

On a new Mariah Carey track, rap icon Nas says, "We don't we wish today's game was old again / We just wish it wasn't full of Draconian, phony men." It's essentially a mission statement for the 40-year-old, who tries to honor hip-hop's poetic, boom-bap roots while pushing forward. Like few others in his age bracket, he continues to succeed.

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