Nas
Guy Lochhead, 27/08/10
New York City-based rapper Nas’ debut ‘Illmatic’ is widely considered as a classic hip hop record, fusing old school reminiscence about life in the projects with more contemporary elements, representing ‘real hip hop’ at a time where crossover styles were beginning to come through. ‘Illmatic’ is a great album, and Nas always stops short of rap cliché, but his later self-righteousness and cornball elements, and the sometimes-confusing moral (and sometimes religious) backbone to a lot of his lyrics excludes him, in my opinion (for a change).

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