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Nas, 2Pac, Redman, Biggie, Freedom Williams, and Chuck D at Club Amazon in New York City on July 23, 1993.

Photos by Al Pereira

On this day in music history: April 19, 1994 – “Illmatic”, the debut album by Nas is released. Produced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, L.E.S., Large Professor and Q-Tip, it is recorded at D & D Recording, Unique Studios, Chung King Studios and Battery Studios in New York City from Early 1992 – Early 1993. The son of jazz musician Ola Dara, Nas (full name: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) is born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Queens. Immersed in music early on, Nas is introduced to hip hop by his neighbor (later DJ) Willy “Ill Will” Graham. Originally calling himself Kid Wave, he changes his name to Nasty Nas. In the late 80’s, he meets Large Professor of Main Source. While working on projects for Kool G. Rap and Eric B. & Rakim, Large Professor allows the rapper to record some of his own material, though is unreleased. Nas is invited to contribute to Main Source’s “Live At The Barbeque” along with Aykinele and Joe Fatal. Only seventeen years old at the time, Nas literally steals the show, with the hip hop community buzzing about his commanding vocal presence and deft lyrical skills. Soon after, he is approached by MC Serch of 3rd Bass who becomes his manager, and secures him a contract with Columbia Records in early 1992. His solo debut comes with the single “Halftime”, appearing on the “Zebrahead” soundtrack. It performs well enough for Columbia to green light a full album on the young rapper. Along with Large Professor, Nas’ album attracts some of the most highly regarded rap producers and artists in the game, including DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip. Drawing heavily on his experiences growing up in the Queensbridge housing projects, the album paints a vivid and gritty aural portrait of life in the inner city. The title “Illmatic” makes reference both to his friend Illmatic Ice who is doing a bid in prison, as well as referring to its contents as “beyond ill” or “the ultimate”. Its now iconic cover artwork features a childhood photo of rapper taken by his father. It is inspired by the album cover of The Howard Hanger Trio’s “A Child Is Born”, featuring a similar design. The album is universally heralded as an instant classic, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rap albums of all time. It spins off a total of five singles including “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” (#13 Rap, #57 R&B), “The World Is Yours” (#27 Rap, #67 R&B) and “One Love” (#24 Rap). For its tenth anniversary in 2004, “Illmatic” is reissued as an expanded two CD set, featuring six additional bonus tracks. It’s also reissued as a limited edition gold CD box set by Get On Down Records in 2012. Its reissued on vinyl most recently reissued by Get On Down Records in 2018, pressed on red vinyl. “Illmatic” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number twelve on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Nas, 2Pac, Redman, Biggie, Freedom Williams, and Chuck D at Club Amazon in New York City on July 23, 1993.

Photos by Al Pereira

Nas and Kelis during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2004 – Baby Phat – Front Row at Gertrude Tent, Bryant Park in New York City on September 12, 2003.

Kelis and Nas at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2004.

Nas, 2Pac, Redman, Biggie, Freedom Williams, and Chuck D at Club Amazon in New York City on July 23, 1993.

Photos by Al Pereira

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Nas, 2Pac, Biggie and Redman photographed by Al Pereira

at club Amazon in NYC on July 23, 1993.

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Mariah Carey f. Nas | Dedicated

I’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya