The Evolution of Nas

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N.Y. State of Mind

After having his demo rejected by Russell Simmons and Def Jam, Nas signed to Sony and delivered his 1994 opus Illmatic, one of the best hip hop albums of all time, and one of the best debuts of any genre. Backed by a production dream team that included DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip and Pete Rock, the album is practically flawless, featuring unforgettable anthems such as "The World Is Yours," "One Love," "N.Y. State of Mind" and "It Ain't Hard to Tell." 

(Photo: Courtesy Columbia Records) 

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