When you are the creator of one of the greatest rap albums ever recorded, it comes with great historic levity that creeps throughout your career. Nas has been feeling the aura of the impact of “Illmatic” for twenty five years and he is thankful for it, but believes it is time to move on despite Nas celebratimg the 25th anniversary of the album’s release with another performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Nas recently revealed in an interview with “Haute Living” the following.
“I’m tired of celebrating it,” he said. “I’m grateful, but it has started to take on a life of its own. I just did the 20th anniversary with the National Symphony Orchestra five years ago and, the next thing you know, five years go by and it’s a calendar that I didn’t ask for showing me how fast time moves.”
Adding, “Twenty-five years is a lifetime. So I did another Symphony Orchestra show for Illmatic this year; I got another plaque for it. I’m very grateful—it’s so crazy—but to celebrate one album when I’ve made over 10, all the things I’ve worked on—and I’ve been working for so long—to celebrate one album over all else is corny to me. I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything. I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”