It’s #OldSchoolSaturday and yours truly Venom hits you this week with a true icon of hip hop. April 19th, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking hip hop album “Illmatic” by the legendary Nas. It was historic when it was being put together because for the first time ever a rapper got multiple producers to work on an album. It was an all-star cast that contributed to the project from different studios. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Nas recorded the album in 1992 and 1993 at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. It’s album that was one of the most anticipated in rap history. The architects of what many perceive as the greatest album of all time in the genre spoke recently about the landmark project. Large Professor gives his take on working on the album below.
We’re rocking off the same energy, and it stood the test of timeLarge Professor
Large Professor summarizes the rambunctious youth of Queensbridge turning into a worldwide renowned writer. DJ Premier has also recently given a testimony about working on the critically acclaim rap project. He explains how the other producers made him work harder to create magic. DJ Premier made one version of “Represent,” then he heard what L.E.S. and Q-Tip did on “Life’s a B*tch” and “One Love” respectively. It sent him right back into the lab.
DJ Pete Rock explained his path on becoming a producer for “Illmatic” who could not believe the lyrics that teenager was dropping back in the day.
The World Is Yours.” The legendary producer remembers back to when he first heard the lyrics of the classic record. “Your heart just… you just feel it for him. This guy is ahead of his time.”Pete Rock
Not only do producers give the album praise, but some of the greatest rappers in history also proclaim the project as being a true classic. The Wu-Tang Clan are iconic for what they accomplished in rap. Members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon speak about the impact of Nas’ first album.
Nas spoke last week about still being alive to smell the roses of his contribution to the history of hip hop. As usual, the legendary artist showed humility and grace in celebration. He spread the accolades around to those who helped to craft the project such as AZ.
Look out for VuMe and WorldWide Entertainment TV presentation of Herb Middleton’s From The Ground Up Reality Series. The former Bad Boy Records producer tells his story of how he worked with the Queensbridge native on the single “Me & You” which was dedicated to his daughter Destiny on the “Streets Disciple” double album.
This has been another exclusive article from WWETV writer The Venom.