Nas - Pre-illmatic Demo [FULL]
Here’s one for all you true-school rap heads.
This is Nas’ ‘Pre-Illmatic’ demo tape. Thanks to the many wonders of the Internet (which is like a time capsule for those who are feeling nostalgic or are still stuck in some kind of time wrap) someone was able to fish out this demo-tape that Nas ‘dropped’ around ‘91-‘92, a year or two before the classic that is Illmatic.
I say dropped but it was highly known that a lot of his shit got bootlegged before he dropped Illmatic so it’s quite possible that most of these are bootlegged joints. But who knows? That’s one of the many lores/myths that went around Queensbridge, New York. Listening to this you can really hear the groundwork not just for his classic debut but his eventual rise top the top of Hip-Hop game and to been seen as one of the most timeless lyricists of my generation.
As you can tell Nas is my favourite emcee of all time - if not one of - and Illmatic really changed my life. Not on just how I listen to music generally but how I thought and how to really see things in your surroundings and environment. Listening Illmatic was a proper coming of age for me and I believe that any person who claims to love Hip-Hop should listen to that album.
1. Understanding 0:00 - Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04 - Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51 - Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone and Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53 - Featuring Shapelle
7. I’m A Villain 20:09 - Produced by Large Professor
8. Number One With A Bullet 24:31 - Featuring Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy
9. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) 28:47 - Produced by Large Professor
10. On The Real (Original) 33:45 - Featuring Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega
11. Live At The BBQ 37:13 - Featuring Fatal & Akinyele