Rap icon Nas celebrated the big 3-8 on Wednesday (Sept. 14) in New York with hip-hop luminaries Jay-Z, Common, DJ Khaled, DJ Premier and R&B singer Ne-Yo. Dressed in a polka-dot burgundy jacket, black shirt, matching bow tie, Adidas sneakers and shades, the birthday boy sipped wine and ate chocolate cake.

Before his 38th b-day party, the 'Illmatic' MC took time out to remember his dear friend Amy Winehouse, whom he shares the same born day. If the late songbird were alive today, she would have been 28 years old. “Special shout out and love goes out to a [sic] Angel we all lost … The world lost. A real musician, true artist. Amy Winehouse,” he tweeted on his Twitter page.

Nas has a lot to celebrate about. He's currently writing his autobiography with journalist Touré titled 'It Ain't Too Hard to Tell.' "This is hip-hop history," Touré wrote on Twitter. "I've been talking to Nas about writing his autobiography for 15 years … We'll tell his life and deconstruct some songs." The book is due to hit shelves in 2012.