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Exclusive Video: Nas Shares His Passion For Hip-Hop Cassettes

Rapper recalls the importance of tapes in '80s hip-hop culture

January 18, 2011 9:00 AM ET

In this short film produced for TDK Life on Record's Chronicles series, Nas discusses his passion for cassettes. The rapper reminisces about his long-gone tape collection, explains the importance of cassettes in early hip-hop culture and recalls the art of recording songs off the radio. His deep love of the medium and the music comes through in every moment, most especially when he talks about the '80s rap legends who inspired him to become one of the most acclaimed emcees of the '90s.

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