Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light.

He was a kid on Illmatic.

He was an adult on It Was Written.

He was a pharaoh on I Am...

He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus.

The uniformed 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 Volumes just weren't quite as strong as Nas' first four albums...let's face it.

We could easily load up a list with 10 Illmatic 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.