Nas Hit with ‘Illmatic’ producer Pete Rock’s lawsuit, accused of not paying royalties since 1994

Nas sued by ‘Illmatic’ producer Pete Rock, accused of not paying royalties since 1994

A producer for Illusion would like Nas to cough up the cash he owes him.

Legend of east coast hip-hop Nas is being sued, according to Page Six, by the record producer Pete Rock for unpaid royalties in Illusion. According to one source, this revolutionary rap track didn’t get a dime from the 1994 epic album.

The lawsuit, which is supposed to be filed this month (January), is a long time coming Pete, who has not been compensated for his contributions since the album’s release. He told a source:

“Nas and his men have been stopping me since 1994; My New Year’s resolution is to be compensated for my hard work on ‘Illmatic.’

Pete and his lawyers are said to have been on “The World Is Mine,” a hit track on a project for which he has production credit. They stated that – while recording the album–Nas signed a promised contract Pete part of the proceeds from the song. It’s now worth millions of dollars, but his attorney alleges that the respected rapper never honored the contract.

In addition to producing “The World Is Yours,” Pete co-write the number and set out a vocal number for it.

The song was so loved by rappers that some people tried it. Many argue that this is the best song in Nas‘catalog, cross decades. Jay-Z, Eminem, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and late Mac Miller all used the song in their own music.


Nas & Jay-Z 2014

Illusion to be Nas‘first studio album on Columbia Records. It has become a hip-hop staple, with critics and fans of the genre both praising the album even twenty years after its release. Step into the scenery in the height of the cliffs on the east coast, Illusion defined the golden era of hip-hop, along with an entire generation.

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[VIA] Nas Hit with ‘Illmatic’ producer Pete Rock’s lawsuit, accused of not paying royalties since 1994


Aila Slisco is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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