Breaking Atoms is the debut album from the Canadian/American group. Production for it was handled by the group and took place during 1990 to 1991 at Homeboy Studio, Power Play Studios, and Libra Digital in New York City. Recorded during the golden age of hip-hop, Breaking Atoms is distinguished stylistically by it's incorporation of jazz and soul music samples. The album has been highly regarded by music writers due mostly to it's production, whose heavy and original use of sampling influenced hip-hop producers for a considerable portion of the 1990s. The album has been noted for debuting rapper Nas, who appears on the track "Live at the Barbeque". Breaking Atoms has been recognized as one of the most important records in hip-hop history.