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...Nas was behind one of the most important debut albums of all time,Illmatic (1994), and has positioned himself as a critical figure in the production, promulgation, and interpretation of hip-hop music and culture. He was born Nasir Jones...

Nas's Illmatic

Matthew Gasteier

Matthew Gasteier has written for various publications, including the Boston Phoenix and Prefix Magazine. He lives in Boston. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

...Contradiction, the yin and the yang, the simultaneous existence of two competing realities, and the larger than life persona that depicts populist realism are at the core of Nas’s debut album, Illmatic. Yet Nas’s identity -as an inner-city...