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XXL: What is Illmatic's legacy?
One9: I think Illmatic's legacy will be, generations from now, people will always consider that album one of the, if not the, best hip-hop albums ever made. I think it will inspire generations. I think now you can listen to what J Cole and Kendrick Lamar say about Illmatic and how it affected them. I think it will have a long-lasting effect in the lineage of classic albums; I'll take it back to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On? to Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. It's something that spoke on many different levels and transcends space and time in many different generations.

EP: I think Illmatic is an album that gave a voice to the voiceless for a generation. It articulated the angst, the worldview, and everything that this generation was going through that a lot of people overlooked through the eyes of this young boy, Nas, who happened to be a poet. It was told through Nas' eyes, but it was about a generation of boys and men and people who were coming of age in America. And I think that's the legacy; there's compassion, there's people that are living in America that want to be heard, and there are people out there who are trying to make a way in the world, and this tells their story.

The film gives you a guide to making the album, not just musically, but also a social and political context of what was going on while he was making that album. So you'll understand why "One Love" was so important to him, because he's talking about all his friends who might not make it, but he did. There are many things we want people to take away from this film, but the one thing for sure that we want people to take away is that Illmatic was much bigger than just Nas and the great poet that he is; he was telling the story of a people, and everyone who wasn't as good at articulating that story, he did that for them. We wanted to honor the people that he's also rapping for and about on that album with this film.
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Nas’ ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Is A Love Letter To The Streets Of NYC

There are times when hip-hop can make those of us who chronicle it very proud. For me, someone who has been in the game since the days of Grandmaster Flash, the most recent occasion was this past Wednesday when the annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled the much-anticipated documentary Time Is Illmatic...

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Kanye West, Common, MF DOOM Featured In Stones Throw Records Documentary

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Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky And Chance The Rapper Featured On Movie Soundtrack

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RZA And Paul Walker Co-Stars In ‘Brick Mansions’

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XXL’s Game Corner: Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke And Mirrors Review

Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: Out Now

The second episode of Telltale Game’s comic-book style murder mystery videogame The Wolf Among Us has finally dropped and it takes the style and energy of the first chapter Faith and ramps it up to the next level...

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VH1 Releases First Trailer Of Hip-Hop Documentary Series

Last month, VH1 announced plans to release a documentary based on “The Tanning Of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy” (2011) by Steve Stoute...

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"Our souls is magnetic, we the meaning of destiny, be that banker of trust that looks to invest in me / Together, to get her, means for me to get you / We back, reunite like the Wu."- Ghostface on "Our Dreams"

"Our souls is magnetic, we the meaning of destiny, be that banker of trust that looks to invest in me / Together, to get her, means for me to get you / We back, reunite like the Wu."- Ghostface on "Our Dreams"

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Best Ghostface Killah Quotes From ‘Couples Therapy’ So Far

 

Last year it was announced that Ghostface Killah will be on VH1's Couples Therapy. Ghost along with his girlfriend Kelsey Nykole, will get treatment from celebrity psychotherapist  Dr. Jen...

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‘Ride Along’ Is Laugh Out Loud Funny

It is impossible not to go into Ride Along thinking it is another predictable buddy-cop movie: two individuals on the opposite side of the spectrum, one isolated and overbearing, the other a quirky buffoon...

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Check Out The Trailer For ‘The Other Woman’

Nicki Minaj will be hitting the big screen. Back in April it was reported that Nicki Minaj is set to make her live-action film debut. The YMCMB spitta will star alongside Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann in new romantic comedy The Other Woman...

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Power 105’s The Breakfast Club Will Be On REVOLT TV

Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy will be on a television near you. REVOLT TV and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced their partnership to televise Power 105...

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