Dimitri Ehrlich
April 22, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Illmatic

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nas
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

It seems every year a rapper emerges who does as much to establish his own fame as to give his neighborhood proper respect. This year, with a little help from a who’s who of hip-hop producers, Nas promises to do for Queens, N.Y., what Naughty by Nature did for East Orange, N.J., and Snoop did for Long Beach, Calif. His witty lyrics and gruffly gratifying beats on Illmatic draw listeners into the borough’s lifestyle with poetic efficiency.

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