The internet is a blessing, folks. Let us cherish her not when we want to play Temple Run inside an airport sans Wi-Fi but when she gives us gifts like this – Nasty Nas before arguably the greatest rap debut in history. Pre-Illmatic transports us all the back to the early 90s and for Nas that means before life was truly good. Some of these cuts have been heard before, others haven’t as Nas catches wreck with AZ, Biz Markie, MC Serch, Chubb Rock, Kool G. Rap, Akinyele, Large Pro, Cormega and more. Every single thing here was recorded before we got the best rap rookie card until Christopher Wallace.

01. Understanding (feat. AZ & Biz Markie) – 0:00
02. Life Is Like A Dice Game – 3:12
03. Just Another Day In The Projects – 5:51
04. Déjà Vu – 9:04
05. Back To The Grill 12:51 (feat. MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone) – 12:51
06. Everything Is Real (feat. Shapelle) – 17:53
07. I’m A Villain – 20:09
08. Number One With A Bullet (feat. Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy) – 24:31
09. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) – 28:47
10. On The Real (Original) (feat. Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega) – 33:45
11. Live At The BBQ (featuring Fatal & Akinyele) – 37:13