1. WATCH: VH1’s “Behind the Music: Nas” (Sneak Preview).

    This Wednesday at 9pm EST, VH1 airs Behind the Music: Nas in advance of Thursday’s 18-year(!) anniversary of the release of Illmatic . Today, the network drops a pretty substantial sneak preview – basically, the first 10-minute segment of the program, which focuses on Nasir’s early years coming up in QB: his family life, early exposure to hip-hop (including a brief pop-locking demo), and a chance meeting with his hero, Rakim, in the studio via Large Professor. Peep it… as well as an additional segment from the program… after the jump…

    Nas discusses his mother’s passing.

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