Nas “N.Y. State of Mind” was taken from his debut studio album Illmatic which was released in the year 1994. A song produced by DJ Premier who sampled two jazz songs: “Mind Rain” by Joe Chambers and “Flight Time” by Donald Byrd.

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Nas raps two verses on the song in which he spoke about his rapping talent and describes more on the dangerous environment in the city of New York over a drum break sample of “N.T.” by Kool & the Gang.

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