Since the release of the landmark Illmatic in 1994, Nas has proven himself to be one of hip-hop's most potent, durable, and abiding forces. Two of the most successful albums in its wake, 1996's It Was Written and 1999's I Am..., both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went double platinum. The latter, his introspective third effort overall, boasts production from DJ Premier, Timbaland and Trackmasters and features from Puff Daddy, Scarface, Aaliyah and DMX. It finds the Queensbridge, NY legend reigning supreme with his trademark lyrical precision on definitive fare like "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II" and "Nas Is Like."