Complex Presents: 6 Degrees of “Illmatic”: Mapping the Reach of Nas’ Classic Debut
Complex Magazine and Hennessy celebrate the release of the film, NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC, with an in-depth look at how the emcee and album influenced hip hop and pop culture.
Twenty years ago, Nas set fire to the hip hop world with the release of his debut album, Illmatic. Released on April 19,1994 by Columbia Records, Illmatic has been proclaimed by many as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. With superb production, vivid and accurate portrayals of inner city life complimented by lyrical mastery, the album quickly set the bar for hip hop greatness and continues to influence and inspire the culture to this day. This October, fans will have the opportunity to relive theIllmatic phenomena while discovering the intimate details that went into creating the masterpiece with the release of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC. As described by Tribeca Film, “NAS: TIME IS ILLMATICtakes us into the heart of his creative process.” In celebration of the film’s release, Complex Magazine and Hennessy examine the connections of people, places, and situations that inspired the legendary emcee, as well as his impact and influence on others in the twenty years since a kid from Queensbridge took hip hop culture by storm.
Nas Re-Launches HSTRY Clothing
Nas announces the relaunch of HSTRY Clothing with the brands first solo collection featuring Mass Appeal Record’s Bishop Nehru, premiering this Fall.
An apparel brand from the mind of legendary hip-hop artist Nas, HSTRY was first introduced to the world in the fall of 2013 via a collaboration with New York style arbiter, Grungy Gentleman. Featuring luxury leather jackets, accessories and a blend of premium streetwear, the pieces reflected Nas’ current personal style. Now, as the brand launches its first solo collection, the Queensbridge MC takes it back to the streets.From the cars he dreamed of buying as a kid to the people and moments that inspired his ascent into the cultural strata, HSTRY’s new collection speaks of Nas’ personal journey and motivation with vibrant, original graphics and color-blocking extolling an era that birthed legends and shaped decades to come.