Nas Hasn’t Heard Any Illmatic Tributes

Nas is a busy man.

Though two buzzworthy tributes to his seminal debut, Illmatic, have dropped in the past year-and-a-half, the Queensbridge lyricist has yet to listen to the projects.

“I wanna get a chance to sit down and vibe to those shits ‘cause those are not records that I just wanna play,” Nas, who said he’s flattered whenever MCs pay homage to Illmatic, told XXL. “Those are records I wanna sit down and really get into and see what the hell they about on the shit. That’s some cool shit, though. Real cool shit. I love that they did it.”

In June 2010, former XXL Freshman Fashawn dropped Ode to Illmatic exclusively with XXLMag.com. Roughly a year later, Detroit wordsmith Elzhi released Elmatic, also exclusively with XXLMag.com. At the time of Elmatic‘s release, Elzhi told XXL that he’d given a copy of the tape to Nas’s manager, but had yet to hear any feedback. The mixtape became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

Nas currently graces the cover of XXL Magazine’s November issue.—Carl Chery @cchery

  • francis nasim

    wassup diddy,listen carefully-you are mr. fuji-i am don morrocco.i am going to take care of you until i die.and dont worry about the first 42,the next 42 will be extra slow and magical.go nas!!!!

  • francis nasim

    every rapper(jay-z) the last three decades,have claimed to be god.I AM NOT.i sale in my park and only my park so give up some spine slime

  • francis nasim

    hey yo black rob,snoop wanna—collab wit me n shyne

  • Brand-New

    Fashawn’s Ode to Illmatic was very impressive. He’s one of the very few new artists that i look forward to hearing. His Boy Meets World debut album was completely slept on and to this day i still think it’s one of the best hip-hop albums of the last decade.

  • lyrical AK

    im waiting for COLE to an ode to nas, j.cole said himself nas is his favorite rapper and that he got his flow from illmatic, im waiting for cole to drop VILLMATIC an ode to nas with all old school beats, cause we all know what cole does to classic beats….. BODIES THEM! #COLEWORLD

  • black jesus

    dont feel bad nas, you arent missing anything.

  • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

    he haven’t listened daz y,i love nas work but illmatic wz a classic 4 its period of time or a coast,he’s made better since then so y keep focusing on dat “1 lp” like he aint have more & please listen 2 a super lyrical memphis mc wen u get a chance & dnt complain about hip hop being dead if u ain’t gon support da new rappers dats actually good….http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard?feature=mhee

    • $yk

      “love nas work but illmatic wz a classic 4 its period of time or a coast,”

      ^ you’re making ZERO sense…

      A classic for it’s period of time? Do you know the definition of a classic? Or a coast? How can that be if people WORLDWIDE know of this album and knew of it when it was 1st released?

  • omars coming!!

    that ode to illmatic was dope fashawn done a good job with it didnt really like elzhi’s one was kinda boring

  • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

    @$yk makes perfect sense wat i said,if dat cd came out rite now it wouldn’t get da same response daz wat im sayin,daz y i said “era” & “coast” not every region vibed wit nas music n past,especially n da south & please listen 2 a super lyrical memphis mc wen u get a chance & dnt complain about hip hop being dead if u ain’t gon support da new rappers dats actually good….http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard?feature=mhee