Nas is Coming and Black Girl Lost are great songs.
Illmatic recieved 5 Mics upon entry... at a time when the score stood for something. Not over time... not ten yrs after.. IMMEDIATELY.. that is impact.
Nas not being able to sell albums is a myth. Most of his albums have reached platinum or double platinum status. His last 3 albums have reached no 1 on the billboard the first week.
Putting RD over Illmatic? NOOOOOOOOOOOO
as for Charisma to go against the West Coast... Biggie didn't either... he was constantly stating he had no beef, because quite frankly he was scared of Death Row... and who wasn't at that time? (u just made me diss Biggie ) shoot most West Coast rappers LIKED Nas
the only rappers not scared of the West Coast ever were Tim Dog, Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep plus any Southern Rapper from Houston and Atlanta, becasue Rap-A-Lot was into way mob shit than they were.
ps.. Jay-Z's discog is highly overrated... Nas' is underrated.
I also mentioned Kendrick lamar. He is part of the Black Hippy Crew (Him, Ab Soul (his last album was wow), ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock)
I guess it's a matter of perspective...I thought those two songs were not that great.. every time I listen to It was written, I always skip by those two..maybe a reason why the source did not give it 5 mic's either..I already said Illmatic was a classic..I agree that he has sold albums, even though there were a couple sales duds here and there..i.e Life is good, lost tapes, greatest of.. again though Im not talking about album sales.. Im talking of skill..and to be straight, the beef started before Pac joined deathrow.. and even in the beginning Big stated he had no beef with Pac before he joined deathrow..Pac joined deathrow to have ammunition to go back at Big even though Big from the very beginning did not want to go at his homey..there was also a reason Big had more guest appearances on other artists records than any rappers at that point..again versatility and skill..Im not dissing Nas..Nas is one of the don's of hip hop and personally I take him over Jay everytime... but not over Big.. but again its personal preference..