I feel like we’ve been celebrating the anniversary of Nas‘ classic debut album Illmatic more than any hip-hop release all year. It’s certainly well-deserved for a landmark album after 20 years. However, it does speak to how uninteresting it’s been in terms of hip-hop albums this year, outside of Freddie Gibbs’ Pinata, Run The Jewels 2, and a few others. Hopefully the remaining fourth quarter releases provide some better albums before the year is up.
Nas recently debuted his Nas: Time is Illmatic documentary which is now available for purchase on iTunes. To commemorate that, Pete Rock has put together a ‘Time Is Illmatic’ mixtape inspired by the documentary and classic album he contributed to. I still think Pete Rock has the best produced song on lllmatic with “The World Is Yours”, but we all have our favorites on that album.
You can stream Pete Rock’s ‘Time Is Illmatic’ mixtape below: