Nas featured in Complex' The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979
Nas, Nas, Nas was not the king of disco, despite what the "It Ain't Hard To Tell" remix would have you believe. But he was a king, the king of rap. In 1994, at the age of 19, Nasty Nasir Jones would ascend the throne with the April release of Illmatic, his debut LP. A raw talent, one of the first to make a name on guest appearances, Nas's shocking, borderline horrorcore (before horrorcore existed) raps of the early '90s created an enormous buzz for the Queensbridge MC.
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