DJ Khaled recently acquired a rare image of Nas from the time of his Illmatic album. He seemed enthralled by it. The We The Best founder uploaded the black-and-white picture to Instagram on Wednesday. An image of a young Nas standing at an intersection in the Queensbridge housing projects and turning to face the camera is shown. Khaled also made a video and posted it online. The film’s creator expressed his admiration for the image in the clip. He mentioned getting it signed and having it given to him by the photographer who took the photo for Nas’ 1993 album Illmatic. It is a timeless piece that captures the spirit of hip-hop, according to him.
Danny Clinch, renowned photographer, took the photo of Nas. It was taken during the shoot for the rapper’s debut album. Clinch discussed the iconic photoshoot in a 2014 interview with Billboard. In the story, the photographer recounting how Nas guided him around his neighborhood, leading to the capturing of memorable shots. Clinch described Nas as a wise poet who was ahead of his time. Additionally, he highlighted that during that era, hip-hop artists represented their roots and shared stories of their upbringing. Furthermore, he said that Nas epitomized this with Illmatic, making the album particularly special.
Nas’ “Illmatic” Impact
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Nas’ Illmatic is widely regarded as one of the greatest rap albums of all time. The Library of Congress even added it to their collection in 2021. Librarian Carla Hayden emphasized the cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance of the album. Furthermore, she said they considered it an audio treasure worth preserving for future generations. Released on April 19, 1994, “Illmatic” debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. It went on to sell over 63,000 copies in its first week. The album achieved 2x platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in February 2019. It had already sold a million copies by December 2001.
Nas and DJ Khaled have frequently worked together over the years. It makes sense why he would want to possess such a significant portion of Nas’ past. “Sorry Not Sorry” with JAY-Z was the pair’s most recent collaborative project. It was a part of Khaled’s initiative, Khaled Khaled, for 2021.