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Nas celebrates 20th anniversary of Illmatic at Coachella, with Lauryn Hill

on April 20, 2014, 11:50am

Photo by Ted Maider

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Nas’ earth-shattering debut record, Illmatic. We’ve seen a number of tributes in the lead-up to the big day — including our own list of the rapper’s 10 best songs — but last night, Nas himself celebrated the milestone with a full performance of the album at Coachella.

“Happy anniversary to all of us,” Nas reportedly told the Coachella crowd and preceded to play Illmatic in its entirety. Later in the set, he was joined by a pair of special guests in Damian Marley and Lauryn Hill.

(Watch: Nas, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and more reflect on Illmatic)

Nas and Marley performed “Welcome to Jamrock” and their 2005 collaboration “Road to Zion”. Hill appeared toward the end of the set, teaming with Nas for renditions of the Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and “If I Ruled The World”. Watch fan-shot below (via Stagedoor.FM)

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