Illmatic (1994) 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,… Nas Hip-Hop/Rap
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Illmatic (1994)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Nas; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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.

Originally posted Apr 22, 1994 Published in issue #219 Apr 22, 1994 Order article reprints
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