“I hear that it’s a game-changer. It was a real game-changer," Nas told Maher. "I was a new guy and I had like multiple really good -- like some of the best -- producers in rap work on it; I was lucky.”
In discussing Illmatic's anniversary, Maher and Nas also talked the album's lasting appeal. The rapper compared his two-decade old work to that of his contemporaries, stating that he was grateful it has been revered.
“There are a lot of friends of mine who had albums that came out around this time and for some reason, there’s a difference. I’m really proud of this. It holds up really well because the content is relevant today.”
The rapper also joined in on the show's new panel to discuss a couple of real-life topics including changes in "impoverished neighborhoods" since Illmatic's release. Watch a clip from the show above, and the full Real Time With Bill Maher show below.