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Why Illmatic Still Matters, 24 Years Later

Why Illmatic Still Matters, 24 Years Later

1994 was a groundbreaking year for Nas, but most importantly hip hop. Today marks the 24th anniversary of his debut classic, Illmatic. The album leaves little doubt as to both the timelessness and permanence of the message of classic rap. One could argue that it embodies everything that is missing from modern rap today—without sounding…