As an MBA student, I can appreciate Nas’ desire to hustle. One of the major themes in this historically significant, lyrically complicated rap album is upward mobility. Poverty is ugly and Nas wants out, even if it means giving up sleep, the “cousin of death” that it is. But Illmatic is no mere business plan or marketing presentation. Nas was just twenty years old when he made this album, so he was facing the conflict of giving up childhood and facing adulthood – a very relatable feeling. Plus, the rhymes are smart and the beats are snappy. Pick this up!