Get On Down repress of one of the most loved and influential hip hop releases of all time, which is also on a lot of people's radar at the moment due to it being the album's 25th anniversary. In 1994, hip-hop was going through an at-times painful growth spurt. Since N.W.A. and Ice-Ts ascent in the late 80s, the rap game was no longer owned by the East Coast. After the worldwide popularity of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" in 1992, things were looking even worse for hip-hop's hometown. The East Coast/West Coast feud that would later indirectly claim the lives of Biggie and Pac was still in its infancy, but New York needed a shot in the arm.
The hype behind young Queensbridge native Nasir "Nas" Jones had been in full swing months before his smash debut album "Illmatic", thanks to Columbia Records' promo machine. And as soon as the first lines of "N.Y. State of Mind" kicked in, the entire East Coast breathed a collective sigh of relief. God's Son had arrived. "Illmatic" is a dark, hard record, made for heads in New York, not teeny-boppers in Des Moines. There were no dance beats, no crossover love songs. Just boom-bap and rhymes, skills and heart.