Nasty Nas sits with Zane Lowe for an interview, about the making of Illmatic. They discussed the process of making it, what influenced him (“New York wrote the album, Queensbridge specifically”). Esco discussed working with hip hop’s hop’selite producers like DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and Large Professor, and whether he knew Illmatic would be considered a classic.

Yes, at some points in the past I said I didn’t know. I’m sure I didn’t know one hundred percent. But I did know that somebody somewhere would feel like it was a masterpiece.

Nas’ deluxe edition Illmatic XX reissue dropping April 15.