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Nas - Illmatic

Illmatic could have easily been called The Blueprint when it was released in 1994. Nas used five of the best producers at the time to lay the soundscape for his groundbreaking lyricism, creating the new hip-hop LP template. He was heralded as the second coming of Rakim.


The Argument

Is Nas' Illmatic as good as so many people say it is? ...

Sway Calloway: Illmatic ... come on, man, that ...

Kurt Williamson: It was OK.

Sway: You said it was OK?

Williamson: It was OK.

Rahman Dukes: What was OK?

Sway: Illmatic?

Tone Boots: I agree, it was OK.

Dukes: It was classic!

(Everyone yells.)

Dukes: Nas came out of nowhere, no attachments ...


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Tone Boots: No he didn't! Who was the illest producers he was f---ing with, Large Professor? They had a whole exposé on TV about all the producers he worked with, and all they did was sit around, Pete Rock and Large Professor and Q-Tip, sat around talking about how he's a genius and how they gave him the best beats they ever made. It was one of the illest albums ever produced was the key quote, which y'all don't even know or realize right now.

Sway: OK, but you haven't said lyrically ...

Tone Boots: I didn't even get to that, but that's the one category y'all are waiting for, isn't it, and y'all ain't thinking about my sh--! I ain't going to y'all sh--, y'all can't even answer my question ... you don't show me no respect. F--- what y'all are talking about!

(More yelling.)




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