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@Hear Nas’ Unearthed Pre-‘Illmatic’ Demo Tape! brings you Nas’ pre-Illmatic demo tape, featuring a host of songs recorded prior to one of the most important rap albums of all time. 

Though Illmatic featured only one guest rapper (AZ’s career-making verse on “Life’s a Bitch”), his tape features contributions from a number of rap legends, including Biz Markie, MC Serch, and Kool G. Rap, plus Illmatic producer and Nas confidant Large Professor. But more importantly it shows exactly why Nas' debut album was maybe the most feverishly anticipated in the genre's history.

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Just stumbled on this and boy am I excited!!!!

This is the “Pre Illmatic Demo” by my favorite rapper Nas! This is the official demo tape that was completed prior to Nas signing to Columbia Records and releasing “Illmatic”.

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Understanding 0:00
Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04 
Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51
Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone
Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53 

I haven’t heard the whole thing as of yet, I’m bumping this joint currently as we speak. Joint is f***ing excellent so far! It’s Nas!!!!!!