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Stance Pays Homage to Nas in New Anthem Collection

Stance pays its respect to Nas' legendary debut album, Illmatic with a dope collab.

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Nas Performs at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

New Yorkers love letting you know where they're from. And with the 2015 NBA All-Star Game being held in NYC for the first time in 17 years, it's only right that a few talented native New Yorkers kicked off the pre-game performances in Madison Square Garden Sunday Night...

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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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Stream Pete Rock’s ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Mixtape

Inspired by the awesome documentary Time Is Illmatic, super producer Pete Rock decided to drop a mixtape by the same name to honor the flick and Nas' classic album

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Nas Relaunches HSTRY Clothing With New Lookbook Featuring Bishop Nehru

It's a big week for Nas, not only is the Godson hitting the road and his one-night-only screening of "Time is Illmatic" debuting in select theaters nationwide, but it was announced today that Nas will be relaunching his HSTRY clothing line...

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Hennessy Releases A Trailer For Nas’ ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary

Nas' Time Is Illmatic documentary film is set for a nationwide big screen release for one night only on Oct. 2, and today Hennessy dropped an exclusive four-minute trailer focusing on the making of the film...

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Nas Shares Advice For The XXL Freshmen 2014 Class

When Nas released his debut album Illmatic 20 years ago on April 19, 1994, he knew he had something great on his hands. What he didn't know was that Illmatic would go on to be considered one of the single greatest bodies of work in hip-hop history, and one of the best debut albums in music, period...

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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...

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“NY State Of Mind”

Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “Straight out the fuckin' dungeons of rap/Where fake niggas don’t make it back/I don’t know how to start this shit, yo”
Why It’s Dope: I would be completely remiss to compile a list of the best lyrics from Illmatic without including this gem from the intro to the first full track on the album. You don’t know how to start this shit, Nas? Yes, you do, because you just did and you killed it.

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20 Hip-Hop Songs That Reference Nas’ ‘Illmatic’

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Nas, “The Biography” (Originally Published February 1999)

This 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...

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These 8 New York Rappers Explain Why Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ Is Important To Them

Rappers Action Bronson, Chinx, Bodega Bamz and more talk about why Nas' classic 'Illmatic' album is important to them.

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