Nas is fresh off his first Grammy win, and now, the crown jewel of his discography will be enshrined in the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that Nas’s debut album, Illmatic, will be inducted into the National Recording Registry.
Illmatic is one of 25 audio recordings deemed worthy of preservation by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. They were chosen from close to 1,000 submissions and include Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, “When the Saints Go Marching In” by Louis Armstrong, Celebrate! by Kool & Th Gang, Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection,” and other classic recordings.
“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said when announcing the new inductees. “We received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry, and we welcome the public’s input as the Library of Congress and its partners preserve the diverse sounds of history and culture.”
The recent recordings selected bring the number of audio pieces inducted into the National Recording Registry to 575. This is just a small portion of the near 3 million items preserved in the library’s recorded sound collection.