Date: June 2013

Even though he's been rapping for more than 20 years now, Nas remains one of the most well-respected MCs in the game. Case in point: J. Cole's reaction to hearing that Nas hated his 2011 single, "Work Out." Cole was so upset about it that he recorded a song called "Let Nas Down" for his sophomore album, Born Sinner. Once he heard the song, Nas did the noble thing by reaching out to Cole to jump on a remix. The best way to stay relevant in the rap game is to work with young up-and-comers. Even after two decades, Nas hasn't lost sight of that. And it doesn't hurt that he can still compete with the best.