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Nas To Perform On Apple’s ‘Rap Life Live’ special at Howard University (www.udiscovermusic.com)

The announcement comes on Nas’ 47th birthday. Since the release of his classic debut album Illmatic in 1994, the East Coast rap legend has made a point of being an outspoken voice in hip-hop. His 2008 self-titled album and 2006 release Hip Hop is Dead both approached politically charged social commentary at a time when it was far more controversial to do so.

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