Nas, “The Truth” (Originally Published April 2001)

his Saturday, Nas’ magnum opus Illmatic turns 20. The Queensbridge native’s journey into becoming a legendary MC all started with a groundbreaking debut that captured his worldview of the projects through a sharpened lens. XXL is celebrating the monumental anniversary with Nas Week, and we are proud to present you with every cover the iconic rapper has appeared on. Now let us take a trip down memory lane. WORDS & IMAGES XXL STAFF Radio disses. Secret mixtape songs. Chatroom debates. It looks like 2001 could be the year that conflict rears its ugly head in the rap world again. With the ghosts of ...

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