A peak into the endless influence of Nas' "Illmatic."
Illmatic turns 21 years old today, and since we can't buy it a drink, we've decided to take a look at 21 rappers who were influenced directly by the album. We did some digging to find quotes, interviews, lyrics, and examples of artists praising Nas' debut album, a record that changed hip hop forever.
As arguably the greatest rap album of all time, there's no shortage of MCs who have expressed their love for the masterpiece. From OGs like Ghostface Killah to young up-and-comers like Bishop Nehru, Illmatic has been felt by virtually anyone who has ever picked up a mic and attempted to rap. The wordplay, delivery, beats, storytelling, and overall style created not just an album, but a legend that we still celebrate today.