you know how we do it on Thursdays. Time for a throw-back!
“My mic check is life or death, breathin a sniper’s breath
I exhale the yellow smoke of buddha through righteous steps”
This was Nas’ second single off Illmatic, which was his debut / break-out album which took the world by storm in 1994. Illmatic has been recognized as one of hip hops most influential albums, mainly due to the lyrical content.
“”The Source Magazine awarded Illmatic a five mic rating, a classic rating and prestigious achievement, given the magazine’s influence in the hip hop community at the time. The magazine’s columnist Shortie stated in the review of Illmatic, “I must maintain this is one of the best hip-hop albums I have ever heard. Word”"
Alot of people do not realize that Nas was signed to Columbia with the help of MC Serch from 3rd Bass (circa 1993).