On April 15th, Nas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut album with Illmatic XX, a deluxe reissue featuring the newly remastered album as well as a second disc of rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles. Already we’ve heard “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Stink Mix)”, and today a new freestyle has been unearthed from the vaults.
Taken from the Queens MC’s October 28th, 1993 appearance on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show”, it was recorded during the tale-end of Illmatic’s year-long recording process. Here we find an especially young and hungry Nas, a burgeoning talent that’s hitting his stride not only lyrically but in his overall confidence and capability as a performer. Listen in below.
Nas also has other anniversary plans in the works, including a forthcoming world tour and a behind-the-scenes documentary, entitled Time Is Illmatic, debuting at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Illmatic XX Tracklist:
Disc 1: Remastered original album
01. The Genesis
02. N.Y. State Of Mind
03. Life’s A Bitch
04. The World Is Yours
06. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
07. One Love
08. One Time 4 Your Mind
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
01. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)
02. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
03. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
04. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix) (promo single)
05. One Love (LG Main Mix)
06. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix) (promo single)
07. One Love (One L Main Mix)
08. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
09. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix) (UK single)
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix) (UK single)