Today in Hip-Hop: Nas Drops ‘I Am…’

On this day, April 6, in hip-hop history... 1999: On April 6, 1999, Queens-bred MC Nasir Jones, known simply as Nas, added another notch to his belt in the form of his third studio album, I Am... Coming off an instant-classic debut with 1994's Illmatic and an equally impressive sophomore LP with It Was Written (1996), critics and rap fans alike had high expectations for the 26-year-old lyricist's next project. When I Am... dropped, it was one of the must-have albums of the year. I Am... debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling more than 470,000 copies in the first ...

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