On April 19, 1994, 27 years ago Nas dropped his legendary LP Illmatic. The album debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week.
The album has sold 2 million copies in the United States as of February 6, 2019.
Recently, The oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, The Library of Congress has announced that Nas’ 1994 debut album ‘Illmatic’ has been inducted the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States.
The National Recording Registry selected Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ for being “characterized by the masterful use of multi-syllabic and internal rhyme, surprising line breaks and rhythmic complexity, the album’s technique has been widely copied and proven broadly influential.”
Safe to say the album is a classic hip hop staple.