Illmatic was long-awaited by those who caught Nas' clever wordplay on "Live At The Barbecue" with Main Source, and his singles "It Ain't Hard To Tell" and "Halftime." The 1994 debut is regarded by many as Nas' best, and many of his core fans compare each new album to it. Illmatic has become such a part of the popular culture even outside of Hip-Hop that Nas has performed the entire album with a full symphony orchestra at the prestigious Kennedy Center and other venues.
One of the most authentic hip-hop artists in the industry, Dave East combines the nature of the streets with raw lyrics, leaving little competition to keep up with one of the best MCs of our generation. While known for his once close relationships with Nipsey Hussle, Kevin Durant, and, through signing with Mass Appeal, Nas, Dave East is a rare talent of the current era of hip-hop. Within his own lane, Dave East has gained the ability to create a solid career, despite not having any major hits, but just pure talent that led him to longevity with a career spanning over 20 albums and full-length projects, from 2010 with Change of Plans to 2022 with the projects Book of David and HDIGH. 2b1af7f3a8