When ‘Illmatic’ dropped in April 1994 whole landscape of hip-hop changed in one moment with its all-star production (from the likes of DJ Premier, Q-Tip, L.E.S, Pete Rock and Large Professor) and, more importantly, the amazing lyricism from a young Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones.
Eighteen years later Nas' debut is not only considered THE quintessential hip-hop album but an important piece of musical history, so it only makes sense that the good folks at Get On Down have released the ‘Illmatic’ Premium Collection to celebrate this landmark LP.
The premium collection is available to purchase online today and includes:
- 24k Audiophile Gold Disc CD with re-mastered audio, housed in a "Cherrywood Trophy Box" with gold plaque.
- Vinyl LP packaged with full lyric insert.
- 48 page full-color, hard cover book including extended artwork, full album lyrics and liner notes from The Source founder Jon Shecter.
- A reproduction of the original 1994 ‘Illmatic’ press release
- Two 8” x10” glossy promo photos used in the ‘Illmatic’ campaign - Rare 1994 promotional poster with full album lyrics printed on the back
- Black 2-Piece outer box for the CD with original Nas promo sticker.
A must own for hip-hop junkies, anyone who grew up during the often proclaimed ‘golden era’ and – of course – Nas fans, it's the perfect Christmas gift. You can buy the ‘Illmatic’ Premium Collection from GetOnDown.com by clicking here.
Words by Jerry Gadiano