Fuse TV Presents: ‘Illmatic’ at 20: Nas Reflects on His Landmark Debut
Celebrating 20 years of “Illmatic,” Fuse TV offers a unique perspective of the creation of Nas’ landmark and timeless debut album with interviews from Nas, DJ Premier, Faith Newman and more.
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 awaken 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.
When asked if Hip Hop is dead his answer is simply “we're just getting started”. Residing in Ct his journey has taken him across the states and back opening for different big name and up and coming performers such as Jada Kiss, Slaughter House, Little Kim, Big Krit, School Boy Q, Juelz Santana, Outkast, Uncle Murda, Fred the Godson ,Cassidy, Joell Ortiz, Lloyd Banks, Saigon, Styles P, Prodigy and the list goes on!
His show placement includes venues in connection with UPN9, MTV2, Vh1. With a heartfelt style he only speaks on what he sees out of life. One might say that he's taking the proper steps towards going mainstream.
“It’s a must we practice what we preach when being real with ourselves".
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