Illmatic XX

Illmatic XX


Music CD - 2014 | Explicit version
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Twenty years ago, Nas released his seminal debut album, which would go on to become one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. This new edition features several rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyle recordings.
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia/Legacy, [2014]
Edition: Explicit version
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9786315383434
Branch Call Number: CD Popular NAS
Characteristics: 2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Illmatic 20
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Feb 11, 2018

One of the best rap albums ever created!

Feb 19, 2017

This album is a true icon of the hip-hop genre. Check it out youngsters.

Jul 06, 2015

In the discussion of what the greatest hip hop album of all time is, anyone that knows anything about the genre, will more than often bring up Nas' Illmatic. Nas is a legendary emcee from the Queensbridge housing projects in New York city. In 1994 Nasir ("Nasty Nas") Jones released his debut project titled "Illmatic" on Columbia Records. Although initially the album only went gold, Illmatic is arguably the greatest album in hip hop history and one of the greatest in the history of music. Nas had four of hip hop's best producers consisting of: Gang Starr's "DJ Premier"; "Large Professor"; "Pete Rock"; and A Tribe Called Quest's "Q-Tip" all on Illmatic. The album opens up with the intro track "The Genesis" which samples sound effects of trains in New York City, Nas' verse on Large Professor's album "Live at the BBQ" which plays in the background of a sample of some dialogue bits from the movie "Wild Style" which was the first major hip hop movie. Although the intro does a great job on its own, the entire album excels at sonically teleporting the listener to the Queensbridge projects in New York. After the slightly but not too lengthy introduction, we are greeted by the second track which is appropriately titled "New York State of Mind" which was also produced by DJ Premier. This track features a great boom bap beat with great word play and lyricism by Nas (which is not a rarity of Nas on this album). The third track "Life's a B***h" features Nas' good friend Anthony Cruz other wise known by his stage name "AZ". AZ spits the opening verse on this track which really is an eye opener to any outsiders of New York or housing projects in general. AZ puts the situation they live in and their everyday state of mind bluntly. This really shows just how hard it is growing up in the projects. Both Nas' and AZ's verses are great and rich with lyrical talent and discusses their 'live everyday like it's your last' daily mentality especially with the line "Life's a b***h and then you die 'cuz you never know when you're gunna go". AZ also discusses the struggle they face due to the poverty in the projects, "a person's status depends on salary and my mentality is money orientated, I'm destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it". The third track "The World is yours" is produced by Pete Rock. Pete Samples “I Love Music” by Ahmad Jamal and “It’s Yours” by T La Rock. This track has also been sampled several times. It was also covered by the Visioneers in 2002.The song takes its title from Scarface, in which Tony Montana makes the phrase his motto after seeing it on a blimp. The track also features a nice piano sample in it which flows extremely well with the song and is the best if not the second best track production wise on the album. Overall the entire album is a masterpiece and in my personal opinion it is perfect. I literally cannot say that I would I want to change anything about Illmatic. If you are a hip hop head and have not listened to this album, it should without a doubt be your top priority to not only listen to this album but buy it on vinyl, cd, and tape if you can find it. It is my favourite hip hop album of all time and definitely my second favourite album of all time. If you sit back, relax close your eyes and listen to this album it will sonically teleport you to the streets of New York City as soon as the introduction starts. I rate this album a 9.5 out of ten only because the second disc is completely unnecessary and actually kind of ruins the experience. Basically only give the actual album a listen not the bonus disc.


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Feb 13, 2018

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Feb 11, 2018

It drops deep as it does in my breath
I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death
Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined
I think of crime when I'm in a New York state of mind


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