[REAL TALK] The Greatest Hip-Hop Record of All Time

Some might not know that I’m a HUGE Hip-Hop head. When I first got into Hip-Hop I was fortunate to have two friends INCREDIBLY versed in Hip-Hop: Clark O’Neill (a.k.a. Ill Lou Minotti from the now disbanding Hip-Hop group THE WATCHMEN) and Dan Beaulieu (a.k.a. Rob Banks, part-owner of Hip-Hop label Dekagon Records, and Hip-Hop journalist at Glock Clips and Stock Tips). Those dudes put me on to (in my, as well as MANY other’s opinion) the greatest Hip-Hop record of all time, Nas’ Illmatic. This record from beginning to end is complete Hip-Hop perfection. This record also ranks in my top ten musical works of all time, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this record. Here’s all of the videos from this record. If you don’t know, now you know:

“The World is Yours”


“One Love”


“It Ain’t Hard To Tell”

A DOPE freestyle from the Stretch and Bobbito Show just prior to Illmatic being released:

AND a brief documentary on the record:


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Electro-acoustic composer, guitarist, DJ, programmer, educator.
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