20 years of illmatic

22 albums turning 20 this year
  1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
  2. Nas - Illmatic
  3. Soundgarden - Superunknown
  4. Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
  5. Hole - Live Through This
  6. Green Day - Dookie
  7. Weezer - The Blue Album
  8. Portishead - Dummy
  9. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
  10. Beck - Mellow Gold
  11. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
  12. Korn - Korn
  13. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Let Love In
  14. The Offspring - Smash
  15. TLC - CrazySexyCool
  16. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  17. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
  18. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
  19. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
  20. Live - Throwing Copper
  21. R.E.M - Monster
  22. The Lion King Soundtrack

Nas on Microphone Check (via nprmusic)

Two decades after Illmatic, Nas sat down with Microphone Check for a conversation that moved from his love for Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s group, A Tribe Called Quest, to music journalism (“If you’re Sade, it doesn’t matter. She does what she does. But for all of us, journalism is a huge deal.”) hearing himself on the radio for the first time and his audience.

Listen: Nas: ‘I’m Still Charged’ 20 Years After 'Illmatic’

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Nas - Illmatic (1994)

20 years ago today, arguably the Greatest Hip-Hop album of all-time was released. The near flawless production was handled by Nas himself, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier. On this record, Nas uses different lyrical patterns and rhyme schemes to paint a picture of life through his own eyes while growing up in the borough of Queensbridge, New York.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Do you think there’s enough of a connection for the youth or the younger ones that’s coming out now to really know where it all came from?

NAS: I think it’s there, but I think the young have their own young story to tell us. It’s such a story that — it’s new to them that — they’re just excited to tell their story that we need to hear. And then there’s a side where they just lazy. They don’t want to go — they don’t know that it’s beneficial for them to really know what they’re talking about and know what they’re doing. So some of this stuff may come out a little limited. Some of their creativities could be a little limited because of that.

Nas on Microphone Check

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