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Watch Complex’s Feature “When Nas Met Faith”

Complex Magazine celebrates 20 years of Illmatic by reuniting Nas and Illmatic A&R Faith Newman, who signed the teenage emcee to his first record deal with Columbia Records.

Complex Magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a special conversation between Nas and his former A&R Faith Newman. In a the first of a five part series, the two discuss their history together beginning with their first meeting. Newman shares her point of view on why she thought the teenage emcee was so special and how she fought for proper treatment and care for him as an artist with the label. Nas explains how he witnessed the transition from Columbia Records to Sony Music Group and was in essence apart of beginning their first venture into Hip Hop. In a one-of-a-kind conversation, Nas and Newman continue to reveal details about the signing process, the early stages of his career, and the beginning of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic.

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Nas Reflects on His Life in 20 Songs with Rolling Stone
Beginning from the time before “Illmatic” all the way up to “Life Is Good,” Nas discusses two decades of music that impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine.

In celebration of the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas took some time to reflect and share the music that has impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking candidly on the album that skyrocketed the then 19 year old young man into success, Nas states, “It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I’ve come from; my accomplishments; my dreams.” From his first feature in 1991 on Main Source’s "Live at the Barbeque" to 2012’s "No Introduction" of his last album, Life is Good, the Queensbridge lyricist shares details on the imagery and thought sequence of the true significance of each track.
Nas also touches on the inspiration for his next album which he hopes to deliver to fans by the end of this year stating, “I didn’t know that this would inspire me, but this time has made me reflect and made me aware of where I am today. I think I could have put together a good new album without this 20-year anniversary, but I don’t think it would have nowhere near the depth that I think it’s going to have now.” Nas’ re-mastered re-release of Illmatic XX is out now and can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or other local music retail shops. The documentary chronicling the album, “Time is Illmatic” will premier today at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Nas Reflects on His Life in 20 Songs with Rolling Stone

Beginning from the time before “Illmatic” all the way up to “Life Is Good,” Nas discusses two decades of music that impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine.

In celebration of the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas took some time to reflect and share the music that has impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking candidly on the album that skyrocketed the then 19 year old young man into success, Nas states, “It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I’ve come from; my accomplishments; my dreams.” From his first feature in 1991 on Main Source’s "Live at the Barbeque" to 2012’s "No Introduction" of his last album, Life is Good, the Queensbridge lyricist shares details on the imagery and thought sequence of the true significance of each track.

Nas also touches on the inspiration for his next album which he hopes to deliver to fans by the end of this year stating, “I didn’t know that this would inspire me, but this time has made me reflect and made me aware of where I am today. I think I could have put together a good new album without this 20-year anniversary, but I don’t think it would have nowhere near the depth that I think it’s going to have now.” Nas’ re-mastered re-release of Illmatic XX is out now and can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or other local music retail shops. The documentary chronicling the album, “Time is Illmatic” will premier today at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Talking to Sacha Jenkins at Google! cc: @massappeal #IllmaticXX

Talking to Sacha Jenkins at Google! cc: @massappeal #IllmaticXX

Answering Questions at Reddit. #IllmaticXX

Answering Questions at Reddit. #IllmaticXX

Hennessy V.S and Nas Celebrate 20 Years of Illmatic
Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs during week one of Coachella to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ legendary “Illmatic” album with an exclusive look at the new documentary, “Time is Illmatic.”

Following his amazing performance on the Coachella stage Saturday night, where he amazed the crowd with special appearances from Jay Z and Diddy, Nas along with Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch on Sunday offering a sneak peak of the new documentary film, “Time is Illmatic.” Held at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, guests of the event included Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Damon Wayans, Jernaine Dupri, and more. Guests were treated to brunch while they sipped on classic and innovative Hennessy concoctions throughout the day before being treated to an exclusive screening of the trailer for Time is Illmatic, co-created and produced by Illa Films producers, One 9 and Erik Parker. “Time is Illmatic” will premier at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16. Nas’ 20th anniversary re-release Illmatic,  Illmatic XX is available today.

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Hennessy V.S and Nas Celebrate 20 Years of Illmatic

Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs during week one of Coachella to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ legendary “Illmatic” album with an exclusive look at the new documentary, “Time is Illmatic.”

Following his amazing performance on the Coachella stage Saturday night, where he amazed the crowd with special appearances from Jay Z and Diddy, Nas along with Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch on Sunday offering a sneak peak of the new documentary film, “Time is Illmatic.” Held at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, guests of the event included Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Damon Wayans, Jernaine Dupri, and more. Guests were treated to brunch while they sipped on classic and innovative Hennessy concoctions throughout the day before being treated to an exclusive screening of the trailer for Time is Illmatic, co-created and produced by Illa Films producers, One 9 and Erik Parker. “Time is Illmatic” will premier at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16. Nas’ 20th anniversary re-release Illmatic,  Illmatic XX is available today.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane with Nas’ Brother Jungle and Vibe Magazine

Vibe Magazine and Nas’ younger brother Jungle take you back to his childhood home for an exclusive tour, in celebration of Illmatic’s 20th anniversary. 

Take a trip back down memory lane with Nas’ Brother Jungle and Vibe Magazine as the celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic. Get a never before seen look as VIBE and Jungle journey back to Queens to the very projects that raised Nas for a first hand tour of the emcee’s neighborhood and famous housing projects. Jungle details their life growing up, friends and neighbors who would come out to support, and the countless hip hop ciphers that took place in the apartment and building. Get a glimpse of Nas’ shared bedroom with his brother and hear details of their sibling rivalries and juvenile spats over music and clothes. Meet the new tenants of Nas’ Queens bridge fifth floor apartment and get a view of the very window that would inspire Nas to rhyme about the things he saw daily. 

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Watch Nas Perform Illmatic LIVE at Coachella
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, Nas performs Illmatic in it’s entirety and more classic hits with help from Jay Z and Diddy.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic, Nas performed the album in it’s entirety to kick off his memorable set at Coachella Saturday night. Dressed in all black, Nas took the stage delivering classic lyrics from the 1994 album with the crowd following along with every word. As a special surprise for the fans, Nas took his performance to the next level bringing out Jay Z for a mind-blowing performance of “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From,” sending the crowd into a frenzy. Continuing to awe the audience, Nas performed other hits from his catalogue including ”Made You Look,” “One Mic.” and “Hate Me Now,” in which he surprised the crowd again, this time bringing out Diddy to share the stage for the epic performance.

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Watch Nas Perform Illmatic LIVE at Coachella

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, Nas performs Illmatic in it’s entirety and more classic hits with help from Jay Z and Diddy.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic, Nas performed the album in it’s entirety to kick off his memorable set at Coachella Saturday night. Dressed in all black, Nas took the stage delivering classic lyrics from the 1994 album with the crowd following along with every word. As a special surprise for the fans, Nas took his performance to the next level bringing out Jay Z for a mind-blowing performance of “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From,” sending the crowd into a frenzy. Continuing to awe the audience, Nas performed other hits from his catalogue including ”Made You Look,” “One Mic.” and “Hate Me Now,” in which he surprised the crowd again, this time bringing out Diddy to share the stage for the epic performance.

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Watch Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” Trailer

Get a glimpse of the new documentary film, "Time Is Illmatic," which premiers this Wednesday at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

As part of the year of Illmatic and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nas’ debut album, The Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate it’s opening with the premier of "Time Is Illmatic," a new documentary that chronicles the course of Nas’ 1994 debut album release, Illmatic. The film, from Director One9 and written by Erik Parker, “traces Nas’s influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era,” reps for Tribeca report in a statement. The world-premiere screening of the film will take place on April 16, followed by a special performance featuring the emcee performing the album in it’s entirety. Nas’ Illmatic XX is available for pre-order and will be released April 15th.

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Nas Celebrates “Illmatic XX” With An Exclusive Limited Edition Merchandise Bundle
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a special edition Illmatix XX merchandise Bundle.


In commemoration of the 20th anniversary and re-issue of Nas’ debut album Illmatic, Nas is releasing an exclusive limited edition merchandise bundle via his official web store in conjunction with Bravado Merchandising. Options for the merchandise bundle include a one of a kind Illmatic XX t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt, and signed or unsigned special edition lithogram. There are only 200 autographed and numbered lithographs, and 300 unsigned lithographs available. Get your copy and merchandise bundle while supplies last. 

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Nas Celebrates “Illmatic XX” With An Exclusive Limited Edition Merchandise Bundle

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a special edition Illmatix XX merchandise Bundle.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary and re-issue of Nas’ debut album Illmatic, Nas is releasing an exclusive limited edition merchandise bundle via his official web store in conjunction with Bravado Merchandising. Options for the merchandise bundle include a one of a kind Illmatic XX t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt, and signed or unsigned special edition lithogram. There are only 200 autographed and numbered lithographs, and 300 unsigned lithographs available. Get your copy and merchandise bundle while supplies last.