Today, Illmatic is officially allowed to purchase cigarettes, frequent strip clubs, buy alcohol in the United Kingdom, and vote in the imminent presidential elections. Today, Illmatic turns 18. Long heralded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of time, which has almost become a landmark to the east coast. Featuring production from legends such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tipr, Illmatic is a roller-coaster ride of powerful narratives and supreme production. With story telling abilities to trick you into thinking you lived it, themes such as ‘poverty’, ‘gang rivalry’ and the day to to day ‘hustle’ are critical to the character of the album and to Nas himself. The entire album is filled with classic songs from the onimous NY State Of Mind to the poignant Memory Lane. So kick back, relax and celebrate Illmatic’s 18th birthday.