illmatic

An Homage For Nas’ ‘Illmatic’: 26 Years Of Classic Material

On April 19th, 1994, Nasir “Nas” Jones did what everyone thought he would: change the rap game. With just 10-tracks, a chipped tooth smile and a whole lot of 5% science, the God Son began his reign. From the beginning of the record, you are immediately immersed into the subterranean NYC subway system and shot […]

Erick Sermon Says He Turned Down an Opportunity to Produce on Nas’ ‘Illmatic’

In the world of Hip-Hop production, Illmatic is highly acclaimed as the ultimate work to feature big league Hip-Hop producers. Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and Large Professor? The gem speaks for itself. Hip-hop enthusiasts have always played with the idea of hearing other classic beatmakers on Illmatic including RZA, Easy Mo Bee, and Erick Sermon. […]

Happy Birthday to One of the Greatest Lyricists of Hip-Hop History: Nas

Today marks the 45th birthday of one of hip-hop’s most treasured lyricists, Nas. By many, Nasir Jones is number one on their top, 10, 5, and 3 lists of the greatest emcees to ever touch the mic in Hip-Hop history. Marbled as the prodigal, deep, and lyrically intellectual spitter, Nas’ coming into Hip-Hop owned multidimensional […]

Nas Set To Perform ‘Illmatic’ With Live Orchestra For PBS Special

After twenty years since the debut of his widely hailed studio album Illmatic, Nas has teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra to glorify the historic hip-hop album in classical fashion. Titled Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, the concert film musters the energetic appeal of the profound collaboration and wistfulness of […]

Big Baller Brand Releases New Lonzo Items Inspired By Illmatic Album Cover

Last week when the Los Angeles Lakers made their visit to Madison Square Garden, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball showed up to the Garden wearing a grey hoodie which had his face superimposed over Nas’ Illmatic album cover. Today, the Big Baller Brand blessed the culture with some new apparel.  The Big Baller Brand has made the Illmatic-inspired hoodies available in both […]

Nas Shades Lonzo Ball After Lakers Lost to the Knicks

Nas Shades Lonzo Ball After Lakers Lost to the Knicks

Who knew Nas could be a twitter troll? The Queens legend appeared to throw some shade at Lonzo Ball on Instagram after the Los Angeles Lakers rookie said that “no one listens to Nas anymore,” on his family’s Facebook reality show, Ball in the Family. Lonzo added that “real Hip Hop” in his eyes is Migos and Future. Great Win […]

More Than A Tour: Nas’ Legendary Rhymes Delight The Tampa Bay Area

On a humid Thursday evening in a quaint downtown corner of St.Petersburg, Fl, an area mainly reserved for irish pubs and folk bars, Nas‘ lyrics, ad-libs and expletives included, permeated the air, unapolegetically. The nostalgia of Illmatic filled the city and hip-hop hearts of fans who have been waiting for this very moment since the […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Nas Released ‘It Was Written’ 20 Years Ago

On July 2, 1996, Nas unleashed the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, 1994’s Illmatic. Titled It Was Written, the album featured production from DJ Premier, Dr. Dre and Havoc. This time around, the fresh-faced, 22-year-old Brooklyn-born emcee consciously pushed the album in a more mainstream direction, hoping to secure a wider fan base. It worked. The album proved […]