As one of the great emcees of all time, Nas has released 11 studio albums over the course of his career. His debut, Illmatic, is almost unanimously considered one of greatest rap records ever made. Upon hearing any one of the album's 10 tracks, "classic" is the first that comes to mind. But for every classic, there are about a dozen lesser-known or virtually forgotten cuts the arsenal of Nasir Jones. 

Most every record that the prolific Queens rapper has put out is worthy of a throwback upon this fine Thursday, but for today's TBT, we're focusing specifically on the deep cuts. Longtime Nas fans will likely recognize a few of these sleeper cuts, but chances are you'll stumble across a hidden gem or two that has existed for decades without making it through to your earbuds.