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Hip-hop producer Pete Rock suing Nas

Pete Rock is set to prepare a lawsuit against Nas for unpaid royalties to his work on the album Illmatic. “Nas and his people have stonewalled

‘Illmatic’ turns 20; how Nas ignited a new generation of MCs

It was 20 years ago today that Nas released his seminal debut album, Illlmatic. It wasn’t the huge crossover hit that, say, The Chronic or Doggystyle had been in the previous years. And it didn’t quite re-ignite the East Coast’s hardcore aesthetic, either; acts like Redman, Onyx, Das EFX, Black Moon had started doing that as early as 1992. But what Illmatic did was introduce the world to a thoughtful and gifted rhyme-writer from the Queensbridge Projects, and in doing so, it returned the traditional New York City emcee to hip-hop prominence.

Kelis dismisses Nas: ‘I don’t really listen to his music anyway’

The New York Times spoke to the “Milkshake” songstress about another Nas album, 2012s Life Is Good, his first solo album after their acrimonious and highly-publicized divorce. Nas famously posed with the green wedding dress that Kelis wore for their nuptials, but Kelis was sure to clarify some things about that famous cover–and her feelings regarding her ex-husband.

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