Nas released one of the most iconic albums in hip-hop -- Illmatic, 24 years ago. The 10-song collection showcased a picturesque view of the gritty streets of New York through the eyes of a young Nasir Jones.

Illmatic was Nas's coming of age album. His intricate lyricism showed that he was wise well beyond his 18 years of age, while veteran hitmakers DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and L.E.S., delivered head-nodding, boom-bap beats that defined the New York rap sound. In short, Nas’ Illmatic is undoubtedly a classic album.

To commemorate Illmatic turning 24, Nas went on his Instagram and posted an appreciation of his timeless album.

In one photo, he shared the iconic cover art with the caption, "24 Years!! thanks to Hip Hop Music. thx to the People." He also posted a dated black-and-white photo of a young Nasir Jones surrounded by neighborhood kids from the Queensbridge housing projects. "Twenty four year’s like it’s nothing. thank you all. illmatic," he wrote.

That's not all. In celebration of Illmatic's 24th anniversary, Mass Appeal will release Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center, on Friday (April 20). The collection is from Nas' live performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he perform the entire album with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Mass Appeal has several bundle packages you can purchase that will include an autographed vinyl LP, a comparative T-shirt, "The World Is Yours" Passport holder, stickers and USB sticks. You can buy the album bundle packs at

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