This Week in Hip-Hop/R&B History: Nasty Nas Releases His Debut Single “Halftime”

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– 25 years ago, a star was officially born when the MC formerly known as Nasty Nas released his debut single “Halftime” to critical acclaim.

There isn’t much to be said about Nas that most legitimate hip-hop fans don’t already know. He’s undoubtedly amongst the top tier of hip-hop’s greatest acts, although even then, he may be in a class of his own. That being said, today is an especially special day in hip-hop history as we look back on the single that originally put Nas on the map.

“Halftime”, produced by the also legendary Large Professor, was released on October 13, 1992 as the leading single for the soundtrack of the 1992 film, Zebrahead. The production was carried by a gritty bassline and booming drums with sections of velvety trumpet play for added pizzazz. Nas used this vibrant instrumental to introduce himself to the world in a way that only he could and, in the process, showed the world that there was a gaping hole in hip-hop that only he could fill.

With “Halftime” being released in late 1992 and Nas being labeled as the “new Rakim”, it is generally agreed upon that the 1994 release of Illmatic was long overdue. Still, Nas didn’t disappoint – in fact, he released what is commonly referred to as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

So, while you’re out and about today, be sure to bump Illmatic for old time’s sake.

Written by DJ Robinson