Hip-Hop History: 16 Years Ago Today, Nas Released ‘Stillmatic’

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On the same day in 2001 that Jay Z released his Unplugged album following his sessions with The Roots up at MTV, his then-rival Nas released his fifth studio album, Stillmatic. The two emcees were in the midst of one of the biggest feuds in the history of the hip-hop game, and that was clear in how raw Nas’ lyrical intensity got throughout this album. 2 years had passed since the release of Mr. Jones’ previous album Nastradamus (which also happened to be a...


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