Life in Queensbridge, NY, was always going to be the beating heart of Illmatic. Although still in his late teens, Nas had already experienced more than his fair share of traumatic, life-changing events. The most major blow had come on the night of May 23rd 1992, when his best friend Ill Will was shot dead. Nas has described the altercation, which also saw his brother suffer a bullet wound, as “a wake up call”, and Will’s name appears throughout Illmatic; a lingering shadow of almost every experience the MC recalls. By the mid ‘90s the juggernaut of the crack trade had withered considerably, but the violent wounds and social ramifications of the epidemic would haunt deprived areas across the country for years to come.

Join us to experience the album as never before.

Read more: The Story of Nas ‘Illmatic’

Please note our London Sunday sessions now begin an hour earlier at 3pm.


Time and Date: Sunday 28th April 2019 2019 3:00pm – 5:30pm


Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE


£10 in advance


Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with Rob Pursey

Audio Menu

Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner, Klipschorn Loudspeakers and Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers