Nas: Illmatic 20th Anniversary Re-release

Nas IllmaticWords by Elizabeth Pollard

In celebration of twenty years since the release of his iconic 90’s album, rapper Nas is reissuing Illmatic alongside a tour and documentary. Illmatic XX will feature bonus tracks, rare demos and freestyles.

Nas was just 19 years old when he wrote his debut album; a narrative inspired by the soul of New York. In an interview with Annie Mac, Nas describes the freedom he felt to write music without pressures of the industry and his record company. He wrote from the heart about his experiences growing up around drug and gang culture but with influences from everyone from his hip hop contemporaries to jazz and disco.

Illmatic is one of the most acclaimed hip hop albums that still influences young talent today. It was thought to have contributed to the revival of the New York rap scene in the 90s alongside Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan who introduced style and trends to the scene.

Illmatic XX is out on April 15th 2014


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