Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nas takes it back, Remembers working with DJ Premier on "Illmatic"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Regardless of what Nas does, music-wise, in the future, he is a part of hip hop royalty. This is primarily due to his 1994 debut album, Illmatic. In the eyes of many, Illmatic is one of the greatest hip hop albums of-all time. Most critics still say the album is Nas' best release yet.

Nas said the album represents him as a young man, learning his way in the world. At the upcoming Rock The Bells concert, he will be taking fans back to this place. Nas will be performing his entire Illmatic album during the concert. With all the memories coming back, Nas explained how the album came to be.

While speaking with Fuse, Nas talked about how he worked with DJ Premier. Nas said he began working with Premier because they had a lot of the same ideas. He explained how they spent a lot of time together, playing back songs. DJ Premier opened his vault and basically allowed Nas to choose his favorite tracks. Nas explained how DJ Premier would come up with a beat and how he would come up with a rhyme for it.


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