Gunplay Reveals His Five Favorite Street Albums

1. Illmatic (1994)

Nas, Illmatic

“It was 1992, ’91, ’92, and you know, the way he was rapping he wasn’t stopping, he wasn’t—there wasn’t no breath, he just kept going. And that was like, little do people know that that was a Rakim style. Rakim was the first one to spit that shit and spit that shit and spit that shit, you know what I’m saying. And he took it and just threw steroids on that shit. And the way he was talking that street shit, niggas felt that shit. I felt that. I could rap on Nas’ Illmatic word for word, from the top to bottom, just start it and stop there and I’ll do the rest for you. Straight up.