Date: Late 1992

Before signing with Columbia, Nas was just another New York rapper trying to find his way in the rap world. Sure, he had an amazing verse on Main Source's "Live at the Barbecue" on his resume. But that was pretty much all he had. But thanks to his connection to MC Serch, he was finally able to secure a record deal in 1992 and start work on his debut, Illmatic.