Question 3: What was your mindset when you were putting together Illmatic?
Ask just about any rap fan to put together a list of their ten favorite albums of all-time and Illmatic will probably land somewhere in the top five. So along with all of the scandalous Jay-Z stuff, we're also really interested in hearing more about how Illmatic was created and how it helped you launch your career. There are a lot of stories out there that give us a pretty good idea about how certain songs were crafted, but this is your chance to tell us exactly what went into putting the album together. And, when you were doing it, did you have any idea that you were putting together an album that would be considered a classic? We want to know exactly what you were thinking and feeling at the time. And looking back at it, we also want to know why you think it turned out so well.