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Originally released in 1994, Illmatic is one of those once-in-a-lifetime touchstone albums that is beloved around the world. A young rapper from Queensbridge, Nas had made a name for himself thanks to show-stealing collabos with Main Source and 3rd Bass, as well as with his single "Halftime" from the Zebrahead soundtrack. Serious hip-hop heads everywhere were anxiously waiting for his debut album, and he absolutely knocked it out of the park, enlisting a unparalleled dream team of East Coast super-producers: DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, and L.E.S. An instant classic, Illmatic propelled Nas to global stardom, helped bring attention back to New York at the height of the Cali gangsta rap explosion, and introduced the world at large to one of hip-hop's greatest lyricists. This special 20-year reissue includes the original album plus 10 more tracks: mega-rare remixes, a 1993-era session on the legendary Stretch and Bobbito show, and the unreleased banger "I'm a Villain."

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Best hip-hop album I had ever heard. Considering the kind of hip-hop that is released today, it is safe to say that Illmatic was and will remain the greatest hip-hop album of all-time. I'm excited to hear the 20th Anniversary Remixes.




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Born: September 14, 1973 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the...
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