As you may have heard, Nas' Illmatic turned 20 today, and NahRight and UpNorthTrips have celebrated by releasing a tribute tape. The #Illmatic20 Tribute Mixtape features contributions from NYC rappers like Smoke DZA, Troy Ave, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, Bodega Bamz, Al-Doe, Euro League, Doley Bernays, YC The Cynic and many more.
Apart from a Nas interlude and three remixes at the end of the tape, it follows the basic structure of Illmatic, with beats remaining intact while the MCs spit new verses over them. It's a dope and imaginative way to pay respect to the now-legendary album, and it makes us wish more classics would get similar tribute treatments.
Whose version of an Illmatic classic is the best? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Also, be sure to check out our "Classic Rotation" feature on Illmatic that went up today.
01. Al Doe - The Genesis
02. Euro League - NY State Of Mind
03. Timeless Truth - Life's A Bitch
04. Shirt - The World Is Yours
06. Doley Bernays - Memory Lane
07. Troy Ave - One Love
08. Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire - One Time 4 Your Mind
09. Bodega Bamz - Represent
10. B.I.C. - It Aint Hard To Tell
11. Nas Interlude
12. YC The Cynic - Halftime (Butcher's Mix)
13. Denzil Porter - One Love (One L Mix)
14. The Incomprable Shakespere - The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)