As we approach the 20th anniversary of Nas’ undisputed 5-mic debut LP Illmatic this April 19th, it’s important that we take time reflect on his greatness, and the amount of jewels he’s dropped on us during his double-decade (plus) career. Whether or not he’s made an album that’s ever topped Illmatic is debatable (most recently a rap scribe argued that It Was Written was stronger overall), but there’s no denying that he’s given us an overwhelming heap of hip-hop music to enjoy since he officially stepped foot in the game as a solo artist. And though a majority of our favorite Nas songs can be found on the dozen or so solo and collaborative projects that have hit the shelves since Illmatic’s release, he’s got a ton of mixtape classics too, many of which were never officially released.
Nahright compiled an impressive list of some really dope Nas mixtape tracks from the past 20 years. The list comes with original mixtape audio and artwork, courtesy of DJs like Clue, Doo Wop, S&S, Whoo Kid, Funkmaster Flex, and more. True Nas fans will be pleased. Enjoy.