Monday, October 19, 2009

27. Nas - Represent (1994)

What do you get when you mix my favorite rapper with my favorite producer of all time? My favorite song on the greatest hip-hop album ever made. Nas' hunger is so apparent in every bar he spits, and every track on Illmatic just explodes from the speakers. The production on the entire album is top-notch, but it's the DJ Premier tracks that have stuck with me the most since I first listened to this album when my cousin let me borrow it 15 years ago. I had heard some hip-hop before (mostly the Beastie Boys and Run DMC), but I'd never heard anything like this in my entire life.....and I still haven't. The beat on this song especially is's so minimalistic and cold sounding, almost RZA'esque. It's the lyrics though, as always with Nas, that carried the day. It really was Nas' world in 1994.

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