Nas and DJ Premier Release New Song

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Nas and DJ Premier Announce New Collaboration: “Define My Name”


A Milestone in Hip-Hop: Celebrating Illmatic

As Nas’ groundbreaking album Illmatic reaches its 30th anniversary on April 19, the legendary Queens rapper commemorates this significant milestone with a new release. Teaming up again with DJ Premier they’ve given fans “Define My Name.” This new track is a nod to their enduring partnership and the lasting impact of their earlier work. The chopped sample and the record cutting are classic Premo. Listen below.


Reunion of Illmatic Masters

DJ Premier’s influence on Nas’ debut was profound, crafting the sounds behind hits like “N.Y. State of Mind,” and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park).” His contributions extended beyond Illmatic, appearing on subsequent albums such as It Was Written and Stillmatic. The new single, “Define My Name,” released through Nas’ own Mass Appeal, is a precursor to a full collaborative album slated for release later in 2024.



Recent Works and Future Projects

2023 was a productive year for Nas, highlighted by his partnerships with Hit-Boy on Magic 2 and Magic 3. These recent efforts showcase his continual evolution and relevance in the hip-hop scene.


Illmatic: A Cornerstone of Hip-Hop

Released in 1994, Illmatic was produced by a team of hip-hop luminaries including DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and L.E.S. It was both a critical darling and a commercial success, with its complex lyricism and raw urban narrative.

Despite its modest initial sales, Illmatic quickly became a benchmark for the genre, influencing a generation of artists with its depth and authenticity. The album’s vivid portrayal of urban life and its innovative production set a new standard in rap music, earning it a place as one of the most important albums in hip-hop history. As Illmatic continues to resonate with listeners decades later, its impact on music and culture remains profound and enduring.


Related: Read a deep dive into Illmatic



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