Nas performs Illmatic in its entirety @ SXSW [Video]

Nas‘ debut album Illmatic is one of the greatest hip hop records in existence; that goes without saying. Encompassing true New York grit in a refined 10-track package that gathered some of the greatest producers to ever do it, the LP has rarely been outclassed, if bettered at all, since its release in 1994. But hey, that’s for another post, and I imagine you’re here to watch Nas perform his legendary album in its full glory.

For the very lucky crowd at the #SXSWVEVO showcase, that’s exactly what they got (only not in underwhelming video footage). We’ve compiled all the clips for you below as Mr. Jones is joined onstage by guests DJ Premier, Pete Rock and AZ to run through his Illmatic hits plus “Phone Tap” (by The Firm), “One Mic”, “Hate Me Now”, “Nas Is Like” and “Made You Look”. Enjoy!

“New York State of Mind”

“Life’s a Bitch” f/ AZ

“Phone Tap” f/ AZ

“The World Is Yours” f/ Pete Rock


“Memory Lane”

“One Love”

“One Time 4 Your Mind”


“It Ain’t Hard To Tell”

“One Mic”

“Hate Me Now”

“Nas Is Like”

Made You Look”

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