Nas talks Illmatic era, youth in Queensbridge on ‘Becoming: Nas’ [Part 1] | Documentary

Currently on tour in the UK, Nas features in the latest instalment of interview series, Becoming, as we get a sneak peak of the Hip Hop veteran and his live band preparing for Rock The Bells before taking him to an intimate interview with director Jamie Patricof, where he speaks on Illmatic, growing up Queensbridge, and debuting on “Live at the Barbeque.”

“My era was the era of breaking it all down to what’s the real – it wasn’t about the star, it was about the man,” he says reflecting on his highly regarded 1994 debut, Illmatic.

“They say this album changed hip hop because it was the first hip hop album with multiple big producers – it hadn’t been done… Pete Rock, Large Professor, Premier, Q-Tip were the greatest – and are the greatest.”

For those of you who, like me are not going to make it to any of Nas’ London gigs, sit back, check out the 5-minute documentary after the jump and chill to some Illmatic or his latest album, Life Is Good.