By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer
Nas is widely regarded by most hip-hop fans as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. Some even have the Queens native in their top three. He’s created classic albums over the years such as “Illmatic,” “It Was Written,” “I Am…,” and more. Now, his Illmatic, which was his 1994 debut studio album, is being recognized in a major way.
According to Chart Data, Illmatic has been selected for archival in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. When discussions are around regarding the most impactful and impressive albums overall in hip-hop, Illmatic is definitely up there and in 2021, it is being honored in an impactful way here as well by the Library of Congress.
Illmatic initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums chart and the Top US Catalog Albums chart. 10 tracks were included on the album as it was divided into “40 Side North” and “41st Side South.” Illmatic currently stands at 2x platinum status in the US.
Nas is also fresh off of his first ever Grammy win a few weeks ago. This was for Best Rap Album for his 2020 “King’s Disease” project.
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