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It’s hard to bring up Nas without stirring up too much controversy – he’s a polarizing artist for sure, and even more so when compared with contemporaries (dead or alive). Despite all this, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who can deny the Queens emcee’s innovation and influence on others. His fearless approach to storytelling is cited in countless bars, while word on his personal life has been kept relatively mum. VIBE recently presented Nas with their Impact Award, gathering celebrities and friends to celebrate not only his achievements, but his continued pursuit of ‘pure poetry.’ Enjoy the celebratory video above.