Nas Shares Rare Pics & Memories On Illmatic's Anniversary: "RIP Turkey. RIP WILL. RIP Oogie. RIP Bar

  

Nas Shares Rare Pics & Memories On Illmatic's Anniversary: "RIP Turkey. RIP WILL. RIP Oogie. RIP Bar

Rap veteran Nas can't hide from his past. The hip-hop pioneer has come forward to acknowledge his classic Illmatic album's 23-year anniversary.

Nasir Jones went to Instagram Wednesday (April 19) with some rare pics and memories.

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Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Nas' seminal debut Illmatic. One year before the album dropped, photographer Chi Modu traveled to Queensbridge Houses to visit the 19-year-old MC (still known as "Nasty Nas") in his element. The resulting photographs, intimate and visually poetic, offer a rare glimpse into the world of an artist on the brink of greatness. These strips, both pre-'Illmatic,' were taken on two separate occasions. Modu took the photos on assignment for 'The Source,' where he was the photo editor at the time. A photo from this shoot would accompany the magazine's original 5-mic review of Nas' debut album, which was written by then intern @missinfo . "His intelligence screams to you," says Modu. "What I mean by that is that Nas was super intelligent and a thinker. You sensed that when you walked into the room. Even when he was younger, he was mellow and wise. I was post college already and I knew this cat was smarter than me. He grew up fast in that world. To me, he was always an old soul and you can feel that in the images. A kid that grows up in Queensbridge at 18 or 19 is like a 30 year old." ?? ?@chimodu? @contact.high.project #ContactHigh

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Recently, God's Son promised to deliver a long-awaited new album before 2018 arrives.

"It's not done till it hits the streets. [Arriving before the year ends?] For sure. [Any titles?] Not yet, not till release. [Any singles coming?] We might do a single but we might do something different." (Billboard)



A few weeks ago, a screenshot surfaced of Nas in a recording studio with producer Statik Selektah.

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Heading into last weekend, Nasir Jones penned a deep open message about the impact of MC Shan's classic "The Bridge."

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