This guest mix for WhoSampled and WaxPoetics was first published a month ago in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nas's debut LP 'Illmatic'. Here's what they had to say about it at the time:
April 19th 1994 saw the release of one of what would go on to be recognised as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time, Nas's seminal debut, 'Illmatic'. The 10 track offering helmed by the cream of Mid 90s Hip Hop production talent: DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Large Professor and L.E.S. paired crisp Boom Bap drums with an eclectic palate of Jazz, Funk and Soul samples. This all star line up of producers prepared the musical backdrop over which Nas delivers a no holds barred guided tour of life growing up in New York's Queensbridge projects. Sampled cuts range from Ahmad Jamal and Donald Byrd to the Michael Jackson alongside well sampled staples. In celebration, we present an exclusive mix of album cuts, remixes, interview snippets and of course tracks sampled in the album's making.