Rap mogul Nas‘ highly-anticipated Illmatic XX is receiving some serious promotion with the new release of a revamped version of 1994’s “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”
The new must-hear anthem premiered online Monday (March 17) afternoon.
Less than a month away from the 20th anniversary edition release of Nas’ Illmatic, the veteran Queensbridge rapper shares a remixed version of his 1994 classic record “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.” This builds off of Nas already dropping a rare freestyle from The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show earlier this month, as well as another “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” remix in February. (Complex)
Some vintage audio of Nas freestyling surfaced online earlier this month.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas digs in the crates and unearths a commercially unreleased freestyle. The nearly 10-minute track, recorded on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” on October 28, 1993, features 6’9? and Grand Wizard and can be found on the second part of Illmatic XX. Due April 15, the two-disc compilation includes rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of Nas’ seminal debut. (Rap-Up)
During a recent panel discussion, Nasir talked about being perceived as a high-profile entertainer and shared some words about his upcoming Time Is Illmatic film.
“I don’t see myself as the most mainstream around, I just see myself as, I’ve been around,” Nas said on being asked what it was like to be accepted by the mainstream via the film fest. “I wanted to see what it was like… I definitely stepped into the mainstream stage for a little while, partied and had a good time, and then I went back to what I was doing.” (XXL Mag)
Check out Nas’ “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” remix: