Illmatic – released on 4/19/94. This calls for a WTF!!! I just had one of those “damn, that dropped 19 years ago” moments. I know time doesn’t stand still, but just like that, illmatic is almost 20 years old!!! This album dropped when I was still riding bikes to record stores and buying cassette tapes! Seems like a whole other life and numerous music formats ago.
Needless to say, I love this album and still do. It’s timeless. NO. QUESTIONS. ASKED. If there’s a question, shut up. For me personally, I remember there being a certain mystique to this album. Most of the info I’d pick up came from NYC radio or magazines only, so you didn’t know every single thing about this project. Nas was relatively unknown, but all these great producers were backing him. The end product just feels right. And that cover…damn.
Ok, enough about my Illmatic boner, click below to check out a sweet album release press kit from 94.