Illmatic: Where Are They Now?

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  • Olu Dara
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  • MC Serch
  • Q-Tip
  • Large Professor
  • Aimee Macauley
  • Pete Rock
  • Nas
  • Nas
  • AZ
  • DJ Premier

MC Serch

When 3rd Bass rapper MC Serch recruited an unsigned Nas to rhyme on his solo single "Back to the Grill Again" in 1992, he was shocked to learn that the then 18-year-old MC, who was already making waves for his epic debut verse on Main Source's "Live at the BBQ," was unsigned. Serch shopped Nas's demo, inked him to Sony, and then executive-produced Illmatic, assembling a stellar roster of beatmakers. Serch went on to become a prominent radio and TV personality, hosting VH1's The (White) Rapper Show and various radio shows in the Detroit area.

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