MEMORY LANE: Nas Remembers "Illmatic" Moments With Faith Newman, Part 2: The Label Wanted to Drop Me

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas' Illmatic, we reunited Nasty Nas and Faith Newman, the A&R rep for his debut album.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hip-hop classic Illmatic, we reunited Nasty Nas and Faith Newman, the A&R rep for his debut album. In part two of the five-part series, Faith and Nas reminisce on the days when the album was late and over-budget, and Nas was "going through some things" as a teenage rap star living in the Queensbridge projects. Find out how Faith went to the head of Columbia Records and kept them from dropping the young artist before he had a chance to release his masterpiece. Keep checking back all week for more of this one-of-a-kind conversation.

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