January 07, 2016

Nasty Nas x DJ Premier "Pre-Illmatic" (Mixtape, 2006)

Not to be confused with the Nas demo tape, this is the Pre-Illmatic (blend) mixtape. It's got a few originals, but it's pre-dominantly blends of Nas vocals over DJ Premier instrumentals. To complete the task, four DJs stepped up with their own mixes: DJ Money Mike & Lt. Dan handle the bulk of the blends, with additional joints from King Smij and Wiz Hoffa. I'm not sure of the exact date of its release, but after Scratch Magazine featured DJ Premier and Nas in their January 2006 issue as their cover story, and with fans long-awaiting a full collaborative LP, Blend Bullies and Noize Mob DJs capitalized on the buzz releasing this Pre-Illmatic mixtape. Listen to the mix below. (New link).