Nas Celebrates Illmatic’s 20th Anniversary
Tomorrow will mark the 20th year since Nas released his debut album Illmatic, and 20 years later not only has he been labeled as a hip hop legend in just that city of New York but worldwide. For the past few months the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the legendary album has been endless. This week Nas released Illmatic XX, which is a remastered version of the original album along with unreleased remixes and an unreleased track, “I’m a Villian”. Aside from that, there has also been a number of interviews that have been released. These interviews shed light on Nas’s upbringing in the Queensbridge section of Queens, NY. Along with reflections from hip hop heavyweights who talk about Nas’s journey as well as his huge impact on the hip hop game. Nas also performed the entire Illmatic album in it’s entirety last month at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as apart of his “One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival.
Just this past Wednesday the documentary Time Is Illmatic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary talks about the making of the album as well as the influence it has had on the hip hop culture and even the musical impact Nas’s father Olu Dara has had on him.
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The trailer for Life is Illmatic
Nas & others reflect on Illmatic
Nas performs at the Beacon Theater following Life is Illmatic premier