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Nas Says “The Mafia Is Never Wiped Out”, Receiving Lost “Illmatic” Rhymes In Mail + More

(AllHipHop News) Zane Lowe and Nas chat about Illmatic during its 20th anniversary month. On BBC Radio One, Nas reveals copious secrets about Illmatic, the state of New York City during the time of Illmatic‘s conception and more.

One interesting topic the two spoke on is how New York City changed during the 80s to the 90s. One of the changes Nas noticed with New York City is the presence of organized crime, referencing former Mayor Rudy Guliani.

They wiped out the Mafia, early 90s in New York. For the most part, the Mafia is NEVER wiped out.

Always the perfectionist, Nas admits that there are rhymes for Illmatic that were never recorded because he lost several notebooks containing lyrics. Nas spoke on how he was given the rhymes back by a magnanimous New Yorker:

I lost a couple of books or A book, I cant remember. But, for fun I wrote in that notepad ‘whoever finds this I really need this. Send back to this address’ and I gave my address that was in Queensbridge. I said I was forced to kind of remember what I wrote there and then come up with the rest of it on my own. After the album is done and everything, I got this package with his this guy’s name and number.

Nas lost the rhymebook shortly after again following retrieving it again.

Nas reveals other Illmatic secrets such as Q-Tip suggested “One Love” be about his summer vacation. Nas also states that one of the beats Pete Rock gave him ended up on a future Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.

Check out Nas’ full Zane Lowe interview on BBC Radio One below:

  • SteveNYC

    G.O.A.T. #Queens

    • David Gonz

      not sayin much

  • MrNoName2K

    I know that notebook had some good SH*T in it

  • David Gonz

    LOL ATY BLAMING WHACK LYRICS ON A LOST NOTEBOOK. NIGGA WAS WAITING FOR 2PAC TO DO SOMETHING SO HE COULD RAP ABOUT IT/

    • ImaFoolBoy

      Whack lyrics??…nigga u must be smoking some real good shit over there lol…2pac wasnt half the lyricist Nas was…and IS

      • The Artful

        what?! i think you don’t know “the rose that grew from concrete”?. Nas is a brillant Lyricist, and a poet..2pac is Poet that twisted his verses to make it intellectually affordable for the next man. Do you research man, if you wanna oppose pac and Nas, do it on the street level, but Never on the Poetry field please!!!

      • ImaFoolBoy

        Lol…I dont have to do no research I was born in the 70’s and I went to high school in the 2pac/Biggie era…I got every album 2pac ever made i know his lyrics word for word…I’m just saying, he is nowhere near the lyricist Nas is…he is one of the greatest rappers of my generation…but not because of his lyrical skills

      • digitallife

        Both men have their greatness in many levels. Pac expressed and conveyed emotions like nobody’s business. Nas paints a landscape to which you can immerse yourself. Both were blessed with talents that if applied to actual literature would’ve been ground breaking.

      • ImaFoolBoy

        I agree they both were great…but Nas is easily one of the greatest lyricists of all time

    • Jared

      Tupac? Wrong album wrong time

    • Illmatic was a 5 mic classic.How could it have…nevermind you’re a troll

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  • digitallife

    Greatest f’ing hip-hop album ever. I have yet to hear one single album that captured it’s era and environment as well as Illmatic. I must’ve bought at least 7 copies of it over the years in various formats. Officially the hip-hop bible every emcee worth his weight studied after it’s release. I remember the two years leading to illmatic too this mofo had spots in NYC packed to the rafters to hear the next Rakim…man i’m feeling old right now lol

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  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    WIth 2Pac (Acting, rhymes, activist, no silly azz punch Lines) Nas is one of the G.O.A.T. B.I.G. Big Daddy Kane, ALL NYC LEGENDS! QUEENS, BROOKLYN! & FOR U NICCAS THAT DONT KNOW PAC IS FROM NYC, EAST HARLEM/MANHATTAN TO BE EXACT. HIS FIRST RAP NAME WAS MC NEW YORK. NICCAS LOVED PAC IN NY AND WE KNOW HE LOVED NY BACK! JUST SOME MISCOMUNNICATIONS. DUMB NICCAS PLEASE DONT RESPOND WITH NO EAST COAST WEST COAST WEAK SAUCE SH*t! ALL HIS NICCA FROM JERSEY TOO (NAUGHTY BY NATURE, OUTLAWZ) ETC……. SHOUT OUT TO BRICK CITY. REAL NICCAS KNOW WHAT IT IS.

    • Tom Donahue

      CANADA > queens

      You puerto ricans are fake italians

      CANADA > puerto rica and italy combined

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Canada Dry…. NEXT!

      • Flanny Macquiao

        LMAO owned. NYC4ever

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        respect!

  • Hood Oracle

    queens > where drake is from.

  • Jared

    That sounds like some high sh!t loosing it again but props to the G.O.A.T

  • 5% Hov

    QB