To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Illmatic, Nas will perform the album in its entirety.
When the young Nas released Illmatic in 1994 he was just 20 years old. The album caused a sensation when it was released, with hip-hop culture magazine The Source giving it a rare 5 mic accolade, while in a review of the 20th anniversary Paul Cantor of Rolling Stone recalls that “It was difficult to listen to the album for the first time and not be blown away.”
Nas was compared to legends Rakim and Chuck D for his authenticity and his ear for what the original NME review called “rhythmic perfection.”
A documentary, Time Is Illmatic, has also been released to mark the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. Two decades on, as den Atelier puts it, “Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candid rapper.”
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