On this day 24 years ago, Nas released what is now known as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time was released.
Not only did Illmatic give a whole new meaning to what it meant to be a dope emcee — Nas dropped enough gems on the album to last us a lifetime. A true visionary:
Almost 30 years in the game and Esco is still dropping knowledge without effort. Check out some of Nas’ classic lyrics that still resonate with the times today.
“Boys and girls listen up / You can be anything in the world, in God we trust / An architect, doctor, maybe an actress / But nothing comes easy it takes much practice” – I Know I Can
“Too many rappers, athletes, and actors, but not enough n****s in NASA. Who gives you the latest, trends and fashions” – America
Still mostly true.
“Some seek fame cause they need validation / Some say hating is confused admiration” – Stay
A.k.a. social media trolls.
“Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich / Still nobody want a brother having shhhh” – If I Ruled The World
We see this happen everyday.
“People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer / Guess it’s just the theory of man” – Hate Me Now
“And killer cops even come through in helicopters.” – Represent
“Rappers are monkey flipping with the funky rhythm I be kickin'” – NY State Of Mind
“S*** is real / And any day could be your last “ – Represent
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