"There are few albums more important in the history of hip-hop than Illmatic. Nas? debut album combined hard-hitting rhymes about Nasir Jones? youth in Queensbridge, New York, with production from a selection of some of the biggest producers in the game. DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor and Q-Tip all joined with Nas himself in making the album, which was lauded by critics for its amalgamation of funk, jazz and vintage samples."