25 years ago Nas released his iconic studio debut album, “Illmatic” on Columbia Records. Produced by legends, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Larger Professor, Q-Tip and L.E.S., this is story telling in its truest form. Nas was just a Queens-bridge native with his best friend Willy “Ill Will” Graham who had been going by the alias “Kid Wave” and “Nasty Nas” before making his big on record debut in 1991 on Main Source’s single, “Live at the Barbeque”. From track 1, “The Genesis” you’re introduced to the man named Nasty Nas, from his flow and delivery that was inspired by Golden Age Era MC’s like Big Daddy Kane to Rakim, Nas gets in ya. You are taken on a journey through what Nasir has experienced, it’s ever so deep because Ill Will unfortunately passed away in 1992, 2 years before Illmatics release.
One of my favorite tracks off of “Illmatic” is track 4, “The World Is Yours” produced by Pete Rock. “I sip the Dom P, watchin’ Gandhi ’til I’m charged, then writin’ in my book of rhymes, all the words past the margin…” This song alone is why I own this album on Vinyl, CD and Tape.