Illmatic: 20 Years Later

Nas has 13 Grammy nominations, 13 studio albums, six platinum albums, two gold albums, and two coveted five-mic ratings from The Source. These are stats few artists can dream of rivaling. Nas has crafted an incredible career as far as hip-hop is concerned. Revered globally, his ongoing musical journey has earned him critical and commercial acclaim, and it has resulted in him being often being cited as one of the best to ever do it, but it all had to start somewhere. Frequently called the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Nas’s Illmatic has been revered ever since it dropped in 1994. Now 20 years later, we’re taking a look at the album’s inception, its qualities and how it helped shape Nas’s immense legacy.

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