This Undeniably Classic Hip Hop Album Released 22 Years Ago Today…

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Can you believe it’s been 22 years since Illmatic was released to the hip hop community’s ears? Over the last two decades, Nas’ debut album has gone on to become one of the most important and influential albums in rap culture, and has been argued as a classic by hip hop heads. While the MC did a huge celebration for the album’s 20th anniversary last year, including a documentary diving into the album’s story and significance called Time Is Illmatic, we thought we would still reflect on the importance of the project today.


Nas ‘Illmatic’ album cover art

Source: Columbia Records

Read more on the impact of Nas’ Illmatic album on the following pages.