Nas’s debut album turns 25 on Friday. It is a classic simply for the fact that the music has stood the test of time. It also impacted culture at large, skateboarding included. In honor of its quarter century birthday, Mass Appeal is reflecting on Illmatic through a series of interviews with the people that had a hand in making it. Have a look at its segments with Pete Rock, DJ Premiere, Large Professor, and Danny Clinch, and more below. Hopefully Wax Poetics will drop one of its special mixtapes this week.
UPDATE 04.19.19: Ask and you shall receive. Wax Poetics dropped Chris Read’s Illmatic 25th anniversary mixtape today; and it goes! We went ahead and embedded it up top.