New York rap veteran Nas is only sparking more anticipation for his upcoming Illmatic XX release with his “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” remix off the 20th anniversary project premiering online this weekend.
The track, produced by Dave Scratch, has started to make its rounds across the Internet.
As if the news of Nas releasing a double disc for the 20th anniversary of Illmatic (Illmatic XX), performing at Coachella and releasing a documentary on Illmatic wasn’t great enough news, today we get a peak into the first bonus offering of the aforementioned album. Producer Dave Scratch provides the track’s facelift, with a guitar stab and what appears to be the same horn sample used in “Nastradamus.” (2 Dope Boyz)
The new project will be available around mid-April.
Nas has announced that his seminal debut album, Illmatic, will be released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX, on April 15th by SONY Legacy. This exclusive collection will feature several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary. RapGenius.com is now exclusively streaming the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Stink Mix).” PRESS HERE to listen now. In addition, fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on iTunes and both the 2CD set and 1LP vinyl via Amazon.com. (PR Newswire)
Along with the new music, Nasir Jones will also be performing Illmatic throughout the country.
Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks. (PR Newswire)
Despite dropping Stillmatic in 2001, Nas recently admitted an Illmatic 2 was not a ludicrous idea.
Nas says that his next album is well under way and fans should expect the new project this year. The veteran MC also touched on the idea of an Illmatic 2. “Yes and No, I’ve thought about it before,” Nas tells VIBE on whether he would want to record a sequel to his debut album. “I definitely though about that. It just has to flow, it has to be natural. I can work on that and if I don’t like it [just scrap it],” Nas continues. “I have to feel it. It got to to be honest.” (VIBE)
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Check out “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” remix: