This show was 1st in the global funk chart, 1st in the global soul chart and 3rd in the global hip hop chart.
April 19th 1994 saw the release of one of what would go on to be recognised as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time, Nas's seminal debut, 'Illmatic'. The compact 10 track offering helmed by the cream of Mid 90s Hip Hop production talent: DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Large Professor and L.E.S. paired crisp Boom Bap drums with an eclectic palate of Jazz, Funk and Soul samples. This all star line up of producers prepared the musical backdrop over which Nas delivers a no holds barred guided tour of life growing up in New York's Queensbridge projects. Sampled cuts range from the timeless Jazz of Ahmad Jamal and Jazz Funk of Donald Byrd to the Pop of Michael Jackson via well sampled staples by the likes of Kool & the Gang. In celebration of the album's 25th year, we've partnered once again with Wax Poetics Magazine to present an exclusive mix of album cuts, remixes, interview snippets and of course tracks sampled in the album's making.