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Nas Celebrates 30 Years of Illmatic with DJ Premier Collab ‘Define My Name’

Nas Celebrates 30 Years of Illmatic with DJ Premier Collab ‘Define My Name’

Nas, the iconic rapper from Queens, New York, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album, Illmatic. He’s doing so with a special collaboration with legendary producer DJ Premier. The duo has teamed up to release a new track titled ‘Define My Name’. This drop is paying homage to the classic sound that made Illmatic one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

Nas and DJ Premier Collaborate on ‘Define My Name’

Nas and DJ Premier are no strangers to working together. Having previously collaborated on tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind” and “Nas Is Like.” Their latest offering, ‘Define My Name’ showcases the chemistry between the two artists. They effortlessly blend Nas’s intricate lyricism with Premier’s signature boom-bap production. The track is a nod to the golden era of hip-hop, with gritty beats and thought-provoking rhymes. These familiar sounds harken back to the raw energy of Illmatic. You can hear the audio below.

This collaboration between Nas and DJ Premier is a testament to the lasting impact of Illmatic. That release is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. By revisiting the sound and spirit of the album that launched his career, Nas is not only paying tribute to his own legacy. He is also reaffirming his status as a pioneer in the genre. ‘Define My Name’ serves as a reminder of Nas’s lyrical prowess and DJ Premier’s production genius, proving that their creative partnership is as strong as ever. Are we ready for this?

Celebrating 30 Years of Illmatic with New Music

As Nas marks the 30th anniversary of Illmatic, he continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop with his innovative approach to storytelling and social commentary. ‘Define My Name’ is just the latest example of his dedication to the craft and his commitment to staying true to his roots. With DJ Premier by his side, Nas is able to capture the essence of Illmatic while still pushing forward with new music that reflects his growth as an artist.

The release of this collaboration not only celebrates the legacy of Illmatic but also highlights Nas’s enduring influence on the hip-hop landscape. Three decades after its release, Illmatic still resonates with fans and critics alike. Nas’s place in the pantheon of hip-hop greats is solidified. With this project, Nas and DJ Premier are proving that their creative partnership is timeless and that the spirit of Illmatic lives on in their music.

Check out the official music video now –

So how do you like this one?

As Nas and DJ Premier continue to define their names in the world of hip-hop, ‘Define My Name’ stands as a testament to their enduring legacy. Their commitment to the art form is unwavering. With its nostalgic sound and timeless appeal, the track serves as a fitting tribute to the 30th anniversary of Illmatic and a reminder of Nas’s unparalleled talent as a storyteller and lyricist. As fans eagerly await more music from this dynamic duo, one thing is clear – Nas’s name will forever be defined by his contributions to the culture of hip-hop.

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