Nas's Illmatic

Matthew Gasteier (Author)
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Description

Nas was playing a role on Illmatic, even if it was himself. By constructing this persona, Nas not only laid out his own career for the next decade plus, but the careers of dozens of other rappers who were able to use their considerable skills to develop similar personas. His brazen ambition has become a road map for every rapper who hopes to reach an artistic peak. It seems right that Nas would make Illmatic at the age when maturity begins to turn boys into men. This was, in many regards, the first album of the rest of hip hop's life.

A decade and a half ago, Illmatic launched one of the most storied careers in hip hop, and cemented New York's place as the genre's epicenter. With this in-depth look at the record, Matthew Gasteier explores the competing themes that run through Nas's masterpiece and finds a compelling journey into adulthood. Combining a history of Nas's early years with interviews from many of the most important people associated with the album, this book provides new information and context for what many consider to be the greatest hip hop record ever made.

Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
Continuum
Publish Date
June 01, 2009
Pages
114
Dimensions
4.7 X 0.5 X 6.4 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780826429070
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About the Author

Matthew Gasteier has written for various publications, including the Boston Phoenix and Prefix Magazine. He lives in Boston.

Reviews

"The album in question, Illmatic, is an inarguable choice...from the cover art (the portrait of the artist as a very young man), to the future-forward evolution of the music form it led, to the timeless high quality multi-syllabic rhyming, weaving complicated rhythms around those still-borrowed-from beats author Matthew Gasteier hit it square."-KEXP, Seattle
"The on-the-ground reportage is way more compelling than the awkward. abstract discussion of Nas' lyrics." The Wire--Sanford Lakoff