It’s funny, but when you consider Nas’ discography, the numerous mixtape appearances that he made throughout the 90s and early 2000s are often overshadowed by his extensive catalog of commercial LPs. Truth be told, God’s Son spit some of his most exciting and memorable verses on the street tapes of this era.
He was never the type of MC to flood the market with freestyles, a strategy that would eventually reap big rewards for artists like Fabolous and 50 Cent, but he certainly delivered a number of gems on a much less frantic schedule.
It’s no secret that a few of these recordings were early leaks, obtained by DJs using less than conventional methods, but many were “official” exclusives for some of the biggest mixtape purveyors of the time. For our latest installment of Mixtape Memories, we pulled together a bunch of these songs and freestyles into a pretty extensive list of “promotional use only” Nas music that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Previously: Hip-Hop at Harvard (ft. Nas)