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Soja, Nas at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for 4/20 (photos)

Fortunately dodging any major precipitation, Soja and Nas played to a chilly, dry and very high Red Rocks crowd on Saturday to celebrate 4/20. An odd billing, mixing up the pop-reggae of Soja with the classic New York hip-hop of Nas, but for most of the audience just looking to celebrate the unofficial weed holiday, it was just the right amount of good vibes.

Listen: The 10 best Nas songs

Decades into his career and Nas still maintains his hip-hop legend status. His debut album “Illmatic” has long been considered a classic, and his longevity in the game is unmatched.

Live review: Rock the Bells tour feat. Nas, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli and others @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Nas, left, and Damian Marley were obvious highlights of the Rock the Bells date at Red Rocks on Thursday. Photos by Brittany Moore. As Nas, the marquee MC of Rock The Bells 2009, launched into his headlining set after more than 8 hours of hip-hop on Thursday, he placed emphasis on the lyric, “Most intellectuals will only half-listen.” It came during a thunderous “Hip Hop Is Dead,” the opening song of his set from 2006’s album of the same name.