Best Interruption of a Classic Album: Jay Z Cameos With Nas
Nas, bottle of Hennessy in hand, was celebrating the twentieth anniversary of his stone-cold classic debut Illmatic by performing the whole album, from "N.Y. State of Mind" to "It Ain't Hard to Tell." But three tracks in, he put that tribute on hold. Nobody complained because he was introducing a special guest: Jay Z, who joined him for "Dead Presidents" (once upon a time, the source of a feud between the two rappers) and "Where I'm From." "I had to come out and celebrate 20 years of Illmatic," Hova told the sand-blasted crowd. Similarly compelled: Diddy, who later in the set joined Nas for their collaboration "Hate Me Now."