Listen to Nas' Pre-<em>Illmatic</em> demo tape

Listen to 40 minutes of a teenaged Nasty Nas.

First, a disclaimer: While it appears that this tape has circulated in various corners of the Internet for years, this is the first it has come to our attention. But in the spirit of recent unearthed efforts by Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, we present this rip of Nas’ 1991 demo tape.

The whole affair is definitely a nostalgia trip of early 90s New York hip-hop. Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap, and Cormega make appearances, as does Nas’ frequent collaborator and mentor Large Professor. Stream the tape, and check out the tracklist, below.

1. Understanding 0:00 – Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04 – Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51 – Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone, Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53 – Featuring Shapelle
7. I’m A Villain 20:09 – Produced by Large Professor
8. Number One With A Bullet 24:31 – Featuring Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy
9. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) 28:47 – Produced by Large Professor
10. On The Real (Original) 33:45 – Featuring Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega
11. Live At The BBQ 37:13 – Featuring Fatal & Akinyele



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