I remember Nas from his early 90s debut on Live at the Barbeque and Halftime afterwards.
Who would have known he would record a modern day hip hop classic in 1994 with Illmatic?
Perhaps those that oversaw the album’s creation knew but the masses weren’t in the know until the album hit the streets. The Source gave it the first 5-mic rating that I was aware of and I didn’t fault them.
I hadn’t heard lyrics from an MC like him since Big Daddy Kane, Lord Finesse or even Rakim. I think I pinned my hip hop hopes on him until I heard It Was Written. He had moments of brilliance like I Gave You Power but overall it was an album designed for commercial success.
Nas is too hard to ignore from making anyone’s best MC list regardless of my tuning out for a few years.
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The Suite Delight - May 27, 2014 Playlist:
1. Quantic & Anita Tijoux - Doo Wop (That Thing)
2. Sola Rosa - Turn Around Ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Vadim Remix)
3. The Seatbelts - Cat Blues (Mr. Scruff Remix)
4. James Brown - Funky Drummer
5. The Cactus Channel - Wooden Boy (Part 1)
6. The Roots – Don't Feel Right feat. Maimouna Youssef
7. J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Movin' feat. Black Thought
8. Nas - It Ain't Hard to Tell
9. Termanology - How We Rock Feat. Bun B
10. Marco Polo - Lay It Down Feat. Roc Marciano
11. Buff1 - Never Fall feat. Black Milk
12. The Extremities - New Season feat. Ohmega Watts & Moka Only
13. Lords Of The Underground - Tic Toc (Remix)
14. Lone Catalysts - The Ultimate (Kev Brown Remix)
The Suite Delight - April 8 2014 Playlist:
1. Big L - Put It On feat. Kid Capri
2. Common - Resurrection
3. O.C. - Time's Up
4. Big Pun - Super Lyrical feat. Black Thought
5. 2Pac - Ambitionz of a Ridah
6. Jay-Z - This Can't Be Life feat. Scarface
7. Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep
8. Nice & Smooth - Early To Rise
9. The Beatnuts - Off The Books
10. Cypress Hill - Hits From The Bong
11. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother
12. Black Moon - I Got Cha Opin
13. Smif-N-Wessun - Bucktown
14. Nas - The World Is Yours (Remix)
The Suite Delight - April 1 Playlist:
1. James Last - Inner City Blues
2. Scrimshire - All I Do feat. Stac
3. Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme - The Dark End Of The Street
4. Greenwood Rhythm Coalition - Guajira '78 (Colman Bros. Remix)
5. Omar - Ghana Emotion (Una Mas Trio Remix)
6. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)
7. Mo Kolours - Bomptious (Shafiq Husayn Remix)
8. Fashawn – The Ecology
9. Jazz Spastiks - Move (Remix) feat. Apani B Fly
10. Moka Only - More Soup feat. MF Doom
11. Fat Joe - John Blaze Ft. Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss & Raekwon
12. Jadakiss - Why (Remix) feat. Styles P, Common, Nas & Anthony Hamilton
13. Naughty By Nature – Guard Your Grill (Smooth Mix)
14. EPMD - Total Kaos
15. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Robes feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis
The Suite Delight - February 25, 2014 (2) Playlist:
- Nas - It Ain't Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix)
- Diverse - Uprock
- Jay Dee - Pause feat. Frank-N-Dank
- Strong Arm Steady - Questions
- Souls of Mischief - That's When Ya Lost (Remix)
- Soul Khan - Knuckle Puck featuring Koncept, 8thW1 & Homeboy Sandman
- Quasimoto - Rappcats, Pt. 3
- Supastition - Yada Yada
- Murs & 9th Wonder - Murs Day
- Mobb Deep - Win or Lose
- Wale - Um'Ricka feat. K'Naan
- K-Solo - Letterman (Pete Rock Remix)
- The Extremities - Cold Cheese
- D-Sisive x Tone Mason – Maybe I Will feat. DJ Grouch