30 years ago today, Nas dropped his debut LP, Illmatic. Released by Columbia Records in 94′ Nas recorded the album at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and Nas himself, the bangers on the album will be embedded in Hip Hop culture as classics merely based on their production alone.

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The album sold 60,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart. On January 17, 1996, the RIAA certified it gold. In 2001, it earned a platinum certification after shipping 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.

Lyrically, Nas delivered certified street verses on ‘Illmatic’ that influenced the majority of the ’90s and is regarded as one of the greatest LPs of all time by critics and major publications globally.


In celebration of the LP’s 30th anniversary, Nas and DJ Premier have joined forces once again to deliver a collaborative album produced exclusively by Prremo.