I had the Illmatic on bootleg
Nas' seminal work, released in 1994, completely changed the rap game and ushered in an era of lyricism that came to define New York City rap
He claims to have had a bootleg, i.e. an illegal advance copy, making him one of the first to hear the album. Illmatic was infact heavily bootlegged. MC Serch claims to have seen 60,000 bootlegged copies in a garage in NYC.
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