Fuse TV Presents: 'Illmatic' at 20: Nas Reflects on His Landmark Debut

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM by User 2 Comments

In a three part series, Fuse TV, with help from Nas himself, chronicle the creation and the significance of his debut album Illmatic, which celebrates it's 20 year anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. Beginning with Nas' first feature on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque" the world was awakenED by the talent of a teenage emcee with a mastery skill level from Queens.

Nas reflects on the real life times of the era, including his personal life, the album's production process, and the way the release shaped his career while solidifying his place in hip hop. Speaking on the importance of the album, Nas states "Illmatic talked about every element of young life in the streets. And you can relate to that in Compton, you can relate to that in Chicago, you can relate to that in Oakland. It was me being that guy – the hustler, the young man who has a dream to get out this neighborhood."

The three part series also features appearances from Nas' brother Jungle, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Irv Gotti, Kevin Liles, and more. Watch the in-depth special presentation on Fuse TV tonight as it concludes at 7:30pm EST.



  1. Haitian Bell avatar

    On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM, Haitian Bell said:

    Wait you know your brother is "crazy" funny.
    I love all you guys and your team. Keep up the great work, I will meet you at the top.

  2. Haitian Bell avatar

    On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM, Haitian Bell said:

    Peace King

    It was amazing first night at the showing of Time is illmatic. Truthfully I didn't know what to expect, so many times about what it would like and made me feel as a viewer.

    It was marvelous, it made me think of my sons, the block, family and what I truly want for myself and children. I was smiling, laughing and some times tears would build in my eyes.

    It connected on every level as you always do with whatever your apart of.

    I was sadden by not meeting you :(. However I did meet pops and got a pic with him :)

    I will never stop and never settle.

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