Today, Nas’ Nastradamus album, which was his 4th studio LP at the time, was released to the public back in 1999. The project was release via Columbia Records, and was met with poor reviews, but went through some more difficult circumstances, as the original material was bootlegged and was supposed to be a double disc to his I Am… album that released in April of that same year. Being that it was bootlegged, Nas released I Am… by itself, and re-recorded new songs for the already set release date of November 23rd for Nastradamus.
The album hit no. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling a total of 232,000 copies in its first week. It eventually hit platinum in December of that same year, even though it has been considered to be his weaker project by Nas fans and the hip hop community. Nastradamus featured signature tracks such as “Nastradamus,” “You Owe Me” with Ginuwine, and “Shoot ‘Em Up,” which did well on the charts following the project’s release. In honor of today, let’s tribute to the album that almost never was thanks to bootlegging.
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