This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

April 19th - Nas releases his classic, platinum-selling debut album, “Illmatic”, on Columbia Records, on this day in 1994.

The legendary first set by the Queensbridge MC would feature production by Large Professor, Pete Rock, L.E.S., Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and DJ Premier.

“Illmatic” would contain legendary singles like “One Love”, “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”, “Life’s A B”, featuring AZ, “Halftime” and “The World Is Yours”.

Nas’ penchant for creative lyrical storytelling and confident and articulate flow would already have critics and fans alike comparing him to Rakim.

Other cult favorite album cuts like “N.Y. State Of Mind”, “One Time For Your Mind” and “Represent” would propel “Illmatic” and Nas to legendary status.