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Nas's Illmatic Turns 20

Michael A. Gonzales, soulhead, 11 April 2014

WHEN 20-YEAR-OLD MC Nas released his stellar debut Illmatic two decades ago this month, I must've been on the only person on Planet Hip-Hop who wasn't checking for it.

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