500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Nas, 'Illmatic'
402/500

402. Nas, 'Illmatic'

Columbia, 1994

Other rappers were harder and better-armed, but nobody captured the creeping menace of life on the streets quite like this 20-year-old from New York's Queensbridge projects. With lines like "I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death," Nas showed more poetic style than any MC since Rakim.

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