We're throwing it back this Thursday to Nasir Jones' first four albums, aka the 'portrait albums.'
Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light.
He was a kid onÂ Illmatic.
He was an adult onÂ It Was Written.
He was a pharaoh onÂ I Am...
He was Nostradamus onÂ Nastradamus.
The uniformedÂ imagery paired with the super-strong material he was laying down creates a consistency that no other MC has matched. Not to add fuel to a dead fire, but Jay Z's VolumesÂ just weren't quite as strong as Nas' first four albums...let's face it.
We could easily load up a list with 10Â IllmaticÂ joints, but that would be lazy. So, along with a cut off the best album in rap history, we're digging in to Nas' other 'portrait albums' to feed you some tasty gems from the MC's earlier work.