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Nas - "Pre-Illmatic Demo"

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One of the preeminent New York MCs, Nas originally gained national attention in 1994 with the release of his landmark debut album, Illmatic. The rapper's fans now have the opportunity to chart his early evolution with the surfacing of a pre-Illmatic demo tape, made up of a collection of tracks that offer a snapshot of early '90s New York hip hop. Featuring numerous guest appearances by the likes of Biz Markie, Cormega, MC Serch, Kool G Rap and Illmatic producer Large Professor, the demo is raw yet self-assured, showing just why Illmatic would become one of the most highly anticipated rap albums in genre history. Check out the full album stream below.

Pre- Illmatic Demo Tracklist

1. Understanding 0:00 - Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04 - Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51 - Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53 - Featuring Shapelle
7. I’m A Villain 20:09 - Produced by Large Professor
8. Number One With A Bullet 24:31 - Featuring Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy
9. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) 28:47 - Produced by Large Professor
10. On The Real (Original) 33:45 - Featuring Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega
11. Live At The BBQ 37:13 - Featuring Fatal & Akinyele

via: FNG