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Watch Complex’s Feature “When Nas Met Faith,” Parts 1-5

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 in a five part discussion series.

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. The two discuss conflict with the label and their apprehensive attitude with his place with there, his personal selection and desire to choose the best producers for the album, and more. Nas and Newman continue to reveal details about the signing process, the early stages of his career, the details behind the track “Genesis,” and the beginning of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic.

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Rap Genius & Nas Breakdown “Illmatic” in it’s Entirety 
Two decades since arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time was released, Nas breaks down every lyric of the landmark album “Illmatic,” widely debated as the “Hip Hop Bible.”

It’s been almost twenty years since the release of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, the album that quickly transformed a teenage emcee from the Queensbridge projects to a household name. Hailed as a hip hop classic and timeless reference to New York’s inner-city life, the album has stood the test of time with the meaning of it’s content sparking debates for the last two decades. Celebrating the album’s greatness and twentieth anniversary, Rap Genius and Nas have come together to break down the entire album, word for word. Check out the verified annotations from Nas himself and get the re-masterd re-release of the classic album, Illmatic XX, available now.  

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Rap Genius & Nas Breakdown “Illmatic” in it’s Entirety 

Two decades since arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time was released, Nas breaks down every lyric of the landmark album “Illmatic,” widely debated as the “Hip Hop Bible.”

It’s been almost twenty years since the release of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, the album that quickly transformed a teenage emcee from the Queensbridge projects to a household name. Hailed as a hip hop classic and timeless reference to New York’s inner-city life, the album has stood the test of time with the meaning of it’s content sparking debates for the last two decades. Celebrating the album’s greatness and twentieth anniversary, Rap Genius and Nas have come together to break down the entire album, word for word. Check out the verified annotations from Nas himself and get the re-masterd re-release of the classic album, Illmatic XX, available now.  

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Tickets on sale now to see @nasnyc at this years Hot 97 #SummerJam! #IllmaticXX #Nas #Hot97

Tickets on sale now to see @nasnyc at this years Hot 97 #SummerJam! #IllmaticXX #Nas #Hot97

#BADisGOOD tonight in #Houston at Dekan featuring YG with Music by @djbad!

#BADisGOOD tonight in #Houston at Dekan featuring YG with Music by @djbad!

Back Down Memory Lane with VIBE and Nas’ Brother Jungle
VIBE Magazine and Nas’ younger brother Jungle take you back to their Queensbridge Projects in Part 2 of their special feature celebrating Illmatic’s 20th anniversary. 

In the second Edition of VIBE Magazine’s video tour with Nas’ brother Jungle, the two take viewers on a tour on the famous Queensbridge housing project that Nas and his brother grew up in during the time of Illmatic. After taking viewers back into the apartment where the young emcee grew up, VIBE and Jungle continue their tour of Queens, making stops in their neighborhood to significant places mentioned throughout Illmatic. Jungle revisits the tragic scene of where Nas’ childhood best friend, known as Ill Will, was murdered while re-telling the events of the fateful evening. The events of that evening would further motivate Nas to make it out of the hood and reach the levels of success that he has over the last two decades. They further the tour with a visit to the exact scenes where the video for “A Queens Story” was shot as well as the cover for his debut album, giving viewers a real life look at the album’s famous artwork.

Take a look at this exclusive tour and get insight on the makings and the legacy of one of Queensbridge’s most famous emcees.

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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.

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Last night can only be described as #Ill! #Nas #illmatic #TimeisIllmatic #TribecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX

Last night can only be described as #Ill! #Nas #illmatic #TimeisIllmatic #TribecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX

Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” Premiers at Tribeca Followed by a Special Performance of “Illmatic” 
Last night, history was made as Nas celebrated the opening and premier of his new documentary film, “Time Is Illmatic” at the Beacon Theatre with a live performance of “Illmatic” in New York City.

Last night, The Tribeca Film Festival opened at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City , premiering the new documentary “Time is Illmatic”. The film from Director One9 and writer Erik Parker, focuses on Nas’s youth in Queensbridge, the housing project across the East River from Manhattan, where he dropped out of school in junior high and his best friend was shot to death after a night at the movies, all contributing to the landmark album that kicked off his career and cemented his place in hip hop. Introduced by Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro as “not just about the making of an album, but about the making of an artist here in our hometown”, the film kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival celebration with an inspiring focus on music and inner city life in the 1980’s. Notable attendees of the premier included Pete Rock, Michael Rapaport, Wale and Raekwon to name a few. The Tribeca Film Festival will run through April 27th.   
Following the film’s premier, Nas took the stage, dressed in all black and Timbaland boots, for a riveting performance of his classic work that initially inspired the film, Illmatic. Celebrating it’s 20 year release anniversary, Nas who was accompanied by fellow New York native and musician Alicia Keys gave a one-an-a-kind performance of the album in it’s entirety also calling upon his brother, Jabari “Jungle” Fret, to assist on one of the songs. DJ Green Lantern hosted the turntables of the performance where Nas was said to  be inspired by the recollection of his roots as he rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience.” Illmatic celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this weekend on April 19th where Nas is set to give a once-in-a lifetime performance experience to celebrate the album’s place in the hip hop community as well as the milestones he’s reached throughout his career which spans well over two decades. The re-mastered and re-released album, Illmatic XX, became available April 15th.

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Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” Premiers at Tribeca Followed by a Special Performance of “Illmatic” 

Last night, history was made as Nas celebrated the opening and premier of his new documentary film, “Time Is Illmatic” at the Beacon Theatre with a live performance of “Illmatic” in New York City.

Last night, The Tribeca Film Festival opened at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City , premiering the new documentary “Time is Illmatic”. The film from Director One9 and writer Erik Parker, focuses on Nas’s youth in Queensbridge, the housing project across the East River from Manhattan, where he dropped out of school in junior high and his best friend was shot to death after a night at the movies, all contributing to the landmark album that kicked off his career and cemented his place in hip hop. Introduced by Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro as “not just about the making of an album, but about the making of an artist here in our hometown”, the film kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival celebration with an inspiring focus on music and inner city life in the 1980’s. Notable attendees of the premier included Pete Rock, Michael Rapaport, Wale and Raekwon to name a few. The Tribeca Film Festival will run through April 27th.   

Following the film’s premier, Nas took the stage, dressed in all black and Timbaland boots, for a riveting performance of his classic work that initially inspired the film, Illmatic. Celebrating it’s 20 year release anniversary, Nas who was accompanied by fellow New York native and musician Alicia Keys gave a one-an-a-kind performance of the album in it’s entirety also calling upon his brother, Jabari “Jungle” Fret, to assist on one of the songs. DJ Green Lantern hosted the turntables of the performance where Nas was said to  be inspired by the recollection of his roots as he rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience.” Illmatic celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this weekend on April 19th where Nas is set to give a once-in-a lifetime performance experience to celebrate the album’s place in the hip hop community as well as the milestones he’s reached throughout his career which spans well over two decades. The re-mastered and re-released album, Illmatic XX, became available April 15th.

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New #Nas documentary “Time is Illmatic” premiers today at @Tribeca! #TribecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX 
#TimeisIllmatic

New #Nas documentary “Time is Illmatic” premiers today at @Tribeca! #TribecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX
#TimeisIllmatic

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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