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Watch Nas Conquer ‘The World Is Yours’ A Cappella

Nas, a cappella, the world is yours

Nas is milking his Illmatic anniversary celebration for all it’s worth, with a new a cappella cover of “The World Is Yours” that illustrates exactly why the influential Brooklyn rapper is still so revered 20 years later. Performing the bare-bones take for Noisey (via Vice Japan), Nas starts off his acoustic version slowly — it drags, too, its chorus sounding a little too empty without a beat to fill in its gaps.

Nas shines, though, when he gets deep into his verses, highlighting his impeccable delivery and lyrical craftsmanship. Watch “The World Is Yours” above, and if you missed it, check out the new song Nas premiered when he crashed Run the Jewels’ album launch party in Brooklyn last week.