Illmatic: Where Are They Now?

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


Despite this amazing list of collaborators, Illmatic is primarily about Nas: his perspective, his raspy delivery, and above all, his virtuous mic skills. We don't need to tell you that he's become one of hip hop's greats in the years since Illmatic, dropping several acclaimed albums including his eleventh studio album, Life Is Good, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2012, and was widely praised as one of his best full-lengths in years. This year, to celebrate 20 years since his seminal debut, God's Son released Illmatic XX complete with remixes of all the originals, plus a bonus track; and he opened his first documentary, Time Is Illmatic, at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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