Nas – Illmatic (1994) Lyrics

Other MCs were tougher and better-armed, but no one verbally photographed the dark menace of life on the streets quite like this 20-year-old from New York’s Queensbridge projects. With lines like I never sleep, ‘cause sleep is the cousin of death, Nas showed more poetic style on this record than any MC since Rakim.

Check out RG’s breakdown of the album’s significance here.


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