Today marks the 18th anniversary since one of Hip-Hop’s finest albums dropped. I might be a little upset at Nas right now (and I bet you would be to if you heard this song), but the guy is a legend so we’re honoring him. Complex got a dope article on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Illmatic I’m sure every avid fan of Rap will find interesting. Below is an excerpt:
What’s crazy about “New York State of Mind” isn’t just that it’s Nas’ best song ever, what’s crazy is how many tries it took for a young Nas to get it just right.
“He did that in one take,” explained to DJ Premier, when we spoke to him last year for “DJ Premier Tells All.” According to Nas, the original verse was close to 60 bars which he wrote in the studio that day.
You can read the full article here thanks to Complex.