Nas's Illmatic

Nas's Illmatic

by Matthew Gasteier
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Nas's Illmatic by Matthew Gasteier

Nas was playing a role on Illmatic, even if it was himself. By constructing this persona, Nas not only laid out his own career for the next decade plus, but the careers of dozens of other rappers who were able to use their considerable skills to develop similar personas. His brazen ambition has become a road map for every rapper who hopes to reach an artistic peak. It seems right that Nas would make Illmatic at the age when maturity begins to turban boys into men. This was, in many regards, the first album of the rest of hip hop's life.

A decade and a half ago, Illmatic launched one of the most storied careers in hip hop, and cemented New York's place as the genre's epicenter. With this in-depth look at the record, Matthew Gasteier explores the competing themes that run through Nas's masterpiece and finds a compelling jourbaney into adulthood. Combining a history of Nas's early years with interviews from many of the most important people associated with the

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826429070
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Series: 33 1/3 Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 803,352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matthew Gasteier has written for various publications, including the Boston Phoenix and Prefix Magazine. He lives in Boston.

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