Illmatic Consequences was influenced by rapper Nas’s 1994 debut album Illmatic,” which features internal rhymes and inner-city narratives based on Nas’s personal experiences. “Nas’s 1994 album ‘Illmatic’ is fundamentally a statement of self-worth. It’s not even just a conscious effort. It’s just you do it because it’s embedded in you—and that’s the feeling, the vibe we wanted anyone reading the book to get from all the constituent chapters,” said co-editor Walter Greason.
The essays, written by prominent and emerging social science scholars, artists, and journalists, address the disinformation campaign around Critical Race Theory, the attacks on public education, the rise of mass disinformation, and other social injustice issues plaguing the nation.