When he released the Illmatic
album, Nas didn't think he's be performing it at the Kennedy Center 20 years later with the National Symphony Orchestra, but in 2014 he donned a tuxedo and took the stage. On "One Love," he updated the song a bit, ad-libbing, "We used to write letters to each other, now they email you from jail, right?"
Talking about the performance in a Songfacts interview
, Nas said, "It was kind of surreal because it made me feel like, Wow, this is another level