Since 1994, Nas has established himself as one of the great American rappers of our time. His profound lyrical style proved that he was a cut above the rest and contributed to his widespread success. Here, we take a look back upon the New York rapper's most influential albums and singles over the course of his impressive career.

'It Ain't Hard to Tell'
Album: 'Illmatic' (1994)
Why It's Still Hot: Straight out the gate, Nas pays respect to those who came before him as he runs through the lyrics of 'It Ain't Hard to Tell' on the same stage used in the final scene of the film 'Wild Style.'