Nas - Illmatic LP

Coming off the recent shooting death of his childhood friend and DJ, Willy ‘Ill Will’ Graham, Nas recorded his debut solo single ‘Halftime.’ The song garnered Nas the buzz necessary to enlist the help of legends DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, and Pete Rock for the recording of his debut album - the now legendary, Illmatic.

Boom-bap beats and some of the finest soul and jazz sampling and turntablism ever put to wax, paired with a young Nas’ utterly flawless lyricism and flow, bring a weight to these tracks that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Often considered the best album to come out of the Golden Era of New York hip-hop, Illmatic is without a doubt Nas’ finest moment.