Ernest Baker

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Nas, 2014.

Nas: 'I Don't Listen to 'Illmatic''

Aging gracefully in hip-hop isn't easy. Year after year, old rappers, old sounds, old styles are swept under the rug in favor of the new and youthful. Which is partly what makes the longevity of Nas and his 1994 debut LP, 'Illmatic' -- considered by many critics and fans to be the greatest hip-hop album ever -- so remarkable: It's fair to say that no rap record has ever been so celebrated so many years after its release.