Wax Poetics Magazine Issue 51 Limited Edition Cover
“Rare early issue of the freshest music mag around. Issue 51 in the Limited Edition Cover!
Wax Poetics 51 is an all-hip-hop issue with two different covers. Cover 1: Microphone icon Nas b/w Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Limited-Edition Cover 2: No Limit Records (cover feature on production team Beats by the Pound) b/w Ishmael Butler’s new project, Shabazz Palaces. Features on Kurtis Blow, El-P, the Roots, Killer Mike, Robert Glasper, and Coke La Rock. Also in this issue: Oddisee, G-Side, THEESatisfaction, Cities Aviv, and Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No).”
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The Illest. Nasir Jones dropped his 1994 debut Illmatic as a living legend. And his use of several superstar producers on the same album set a hip-hop precendent that forever changed the game. Ever the visionary, Nas found stratospheric success with his follow-up albums by defining mafioso rap and embracing a burgeoning NYC production style that some saw as commercial but was really the mark of a new era. Almost two decades later, Nas remains at the top of the list when the conversation turns to MCs, lyricists, and simply who’s the illest.