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Nas Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Illmatic’ With NYC Exhibit

“Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane in NYC” features an art gallery, photos, artifacts and memorabilia associated with ‘Illmatic’ and 90s hip hop culture.

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Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, is an indisputable classic that has aged just as well as the MC himself. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hip-hop masterpiece, an immersive multimedia pop-up event dedicated to the album will run for eight days this month in New York City.

“Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane in NYC” is open now through Sunday, April 27, at Sony Square and features an art gallery with listening stations, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia associated with Illmatic and its influential effects on hip-hop culture and history. 

The MC welcomed partygoers to the exhibit’s opening night, linking with fellow rapper and the only guest artist on Illmatic, AZ, as well as The Music Box host Ralph McDaniels and others. Check out photos below.

AZ, Nas
Nas, Vashtie Kola
Nas, Ralph McDaniels
Artist recreating ‘Illmatic’ album cover.
Exhibit entrance
Opening night crowd.


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