At the time of Illmatic, Nas and Cormega were still friends and Nas had given a shout out to Cormega in the songs Represent and One Love. Cormega was incarcerated at the time of Illmatic’s release and whilst in jail had responded to Nas' One Love with his own track titled One Love.
Cormega should also be given credit for using the word Illmatic even before the release of the album. Cormega had used the word in the 1991 song Set It Off
Mega mic prototype
I kill static like Illmatic Ice
My device has long clip of infrared light
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