Nas featured in Complex' The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979
There have been debates among rap fans living in that moment since the early days of hip-hop, but those discussions have never been properly cataloged—until now! Complex is proud to present The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979, a comprehensive look back at every year of rap and which MC moved the crowd the most.
Nas, Nas, Nas was not the king of disco, despite what the It Ain't Hard To Tell remix would have you believe. But he was a king, the king of rap. In 1994, at the age of 19, Nasty Nasir Jones would ascend the throne with the April release of Illmatic, his debut LP.
A raw talent, one of the first to make a name on guest appearances, Nas's shocking, borderline hardcore (before hardcore existed) raps of the early '90s created an enormous buzz for the Queensbridge MC.
BY: LEILA ORTIZ