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This week’s track of the week is a special throwback in many ways. This week’s track is by two of the most original hip hop MC’s that ever blessed the mic, Nas and AZ, two NYC-born rappers who hold a special place in my heart. Nowadays, people don’t appreciate the classics. They see this kind of hip hop as people just trying to rhyme about crime and violence when the lyrics run much deeper than just “rapping.” It’s the lyrical expression of the life the artist has lived to get to the position where they are now, on top. When talking about east coast hip-hop, Nas and AZ are the roots of the enormous tree that has branched out to what it is today. As corny as that sounds, it’s 100% factual and true. The song is from Nas’s album Stillmatic, which was released in 2001. With Lauryn Hill on the hook, the trio of artists come together to form a perfected track.