Mountain Dew’s “Green Label Sound” Profile’s Nas’ Illmatic: 20 Years Later
Mountain Dew’s “Green Label Sound” and Hip Hop DX present “Illmatic: 20 Years Later,” an in-depth review on the makings of the classic album and it’s role in shaping Nas’ career and legacy.
Twenty years after it’s release, Nas’ Illmatic is still hailed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, widely respected and essential in every hip hop conversation, debate, and discussion, the album is considered a classic. Nas’ poetic flow and street conscious content has been instrumental in transcending hip hop culture into pop culture with it’s ability to connect to a diverse group of listeners. Although, the album was not immediately deemed a commercial success, time would prove it’s true significance. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the definitive masterpiece and has been deemed the “Year of Illmatic.” In celebration of the album’s anniversary, Mountain Dew’s “Green Label Sound” and Hip Hop DX take an in-depth look at the album’s inception and the key elements that would go on to shape Nas’s immense legacy.
Game Changer: Watch Nas Discuss Illmatic Impact with Charlie Rose
Watch last weeks’s episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Nas as he discusses his legendary debut, his impact on hip hop, the new documentary, “Time is Illmatic,” and more.
Last week, Nas joined Charlie Rose for PBS’ tribute to Maya Angelou where the Queens native also took the time to discuss his influences and impact on the game, hip hop culture, and more. During the interview, Nas discussed the current state of Hip Hop in comparison to when his career first began over two decades ago. “Today it’s a lot easier to get into the rap game but, back then in ‘94, it was a lot harder,” Nas says when describing his journey to success which began with his first feature on Main Source’s “Live At The Bbq,” followed by the release of his classic debut album, Illmatic, released 20 years ago. Discussing the impact that Illmatic had in hip hop, Rose asks the emcee if he felt that his presence changed hip hop to which he replied, “Yes. Yes I did and it was my point to. I was a new voice and being a new voice, automatically it was beyond my control.” Speaking on his influences coming up Nas states, “I’ve influenced a few artists for sure and I’ve been influenced by a lot of artists as well… Slick Rick, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra. It’s a wide list.”
Watch as the two go on to discuss the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the international release of the new documentary film “Time Is Illmatic,” (which premiered at the famous Tribeca Film Festival this past April), and more in detail.
Just Announced: Nas to Perform Live at Chicago’s HOB for the Lollapolooza Aftershow
Nas scheduled to perform at the Lollapalooza Aftershow August 3rd, with Vic Mensa following the 2014 music festival.
Today, Lollapallooza, one of the biggest music festivals in the United States, announced the official lineup for the Lollapallooza Aftershows. The Lollapalooza Aftershows will feature over 40 musical acts playing throughout Chicago’s most popular venues, both before and after the actual festival. The Aftershows will feature artist who played this year’s 2014 festival as well as artists alumni from previous Lollapalooza festivals, giving fans an additional opportunity to see their favorite artist perform live this summer. Among the shows announced, Nas who will also perform at the festival Saturday evening as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for his debut album, Illmatic, will take the stage of Chicago’s House of Blues on Sunday, August 3rd.
Tickets for the event are schedule to go on sale this Friday, June 6th.
Watch Nas’ HOT 97 Summer Jam Performance
Watch Nas’ complete set at yesterday’s HOT 97 Summer Jam performing “Illmatic” with special appearances from some of hip hop’s biggest artists.
Queens reigned supreme yesterday at HOT 97’s 2014 Summer Jam when Nas took the stage performing some of his biggest records and surprising the audience with multiple special guests. Held at the Met’s Citifield in Rutherford, NJ, the annual music concert brought out some of Hip Hop and RnB’s biggest names including 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and more. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas, dressed in all black and a special edition 12AM RUN cap, hit the stage to perform classic cuts from the debut album including hits “N. Y. State of Mind,” “Life’s A B***h,” “The World Is Yours,” and “Represent.” Reminiscing on his journey of success, Nas humbly thanked the fans and praised the late Michael Jackson for allowing his voice to be heard over the famous track “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” (sampled from Jackson’s “Human Nature”).
Continuing his performance, Nas gave a queue to his deejay, DJ Green Lantern, to stop the music before surprising the crowd with a special appearance and salute to rappers Meek Mill and French Montana. The two quickly jumped into performances of their songs of “I Don’t Know (Sucidal),” “They Don’t Love You No More,” “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” and more before praising Nas as one of the greatest of all time. Nas returned to take center stage to continue his performance, diving into 1999’s “Hate Me Now” before inviting 50 Cent to the stage to begin his set.
Last night at Summer Jam w/ @meekmill… Stadium was on fire!! Vid by @leslierosales