This spring, Nas is going to take you down Memory Lane. ‘Cause somehow, it’s been 20 years since Illmatic’s release changed the game forever. Universally celebrated as one of the greatest rap albums of all time, if not the best production ever made, Illmatic’s near-perfect beats and flawless rhymes combined to create an instant classic.
So whether you’re a hip-hop aficionado who’s been waiting two decades just for Nas to step back on stage with the intention of rapping the full album cover to cover, or you somehow missed the explosion this compilation caused the first time around, this year, Illmatic XX (packaged alongside live tracks and rare remixes) will be released to remind you of the greatness that once was, and definitely still is.
This isn’t just an album reissue, however, there’ll also be a feature length film (Time is Illmatic) that will delve into the album’s production as well as the social conditions that contributed to its creation. And of course, the biggest news is that Nas will be touring extensively in 2014, hitting up the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as well as joining reunited Outkast at Coachella. Get your tickets now. No need for holograms this time around.
One Love, Nas. One love.
#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)