Illmatic, Nas' debut album is an undeniable classic that instantly gave him respect in the rap game. The album is very interesting in the fact it relatively short,only 10 songs including an interlude, and having no notable guest appearances. Even in the interlude, the back ground music is Nas' verse on Main Source's song "Live at the BBQ". The album featured production by Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and DJ Premier. The album was filled with classics including New York State of MInd, Life's a Bitch and One Love. Nas was instantly a prodigy and was known for his excellent storytelling and portayal of how life is in Queensbridge. This album is considered by some to be one of, if not the best, hip hop albums of all time.
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Born: September 14, 1973 in Long Island, NY Years Active: 90 's, 00's Genre: RAP
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 vacated throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 assassination. Such headline-worthy drama informed Nas' provocative rhymes, which he delivered with both a masterful flow and a wise perspective over beats by a range of producers: legends like DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Pete Rock; hitmakers like Trackmasters, Timbaland, and will.i.am; street favorites like Swizz Beatz, Megahertz, and the Alchemist; and personal favorites of his own like L.E.S., Salaam Remi, and Chucky Thompson. Nas likewise collaborated with some of the industry's leading video directors, including Hype Williams and Chris Robinson, presenting singles like "Hate Me Now," "One Mic," and "I Can" with dramatic flair. Throughout all the ups (the acclaim, popularity, and success) and downs (the expectations, adversaries, and ...