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Nas




 
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Overview

Track Listing

1 Genesis, The
2 N.Y. State of Mind
3 Life's a Bitch
4 World Is Yours, The
5 Halftime
6 Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)
7 One Love
8 One Time 4 Your Mind
9 Represent
10 It Ain't Hard to Tell
11 Life's a Bitch
12 World Is Yours, The
13 One Love
14 It Ain't Hard to Tell
15 On the Real
16 Star Wars


Featured Artists: AZ and Olu Dara

 

Details

  • Genre: R&B
  • Release Date: March 2007
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution (USA)
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
 

Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.73) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (8/25/94, p.88) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Nas' no-nonsense urban tales pair ILL's every beautiful moment with its harsh antithesis..."

Spin (8/94, p.84) - Highly Recommended - "...ILLMATIC pays serious mind to uncertain sources, to abstract anxiety, spiritual and otherwise....These are powerfully stressed-out images, but Nas hints that he's after something more personally revealing..."

Q (5/97, p.142) - "...the musical backdrops are razor sharp; hard bears but with melodic hooks and loops, atmospheric background piano, strings or muted trumpet, and samples...A potent treat."

Vibe (6/02, p.108) - Ranked #4 in Vibe's "Top 10 rap albums" - "...As perfect as 39 hip hop minutes get..."

The Source (4/94, p.73) - 5 Mics - Classic - "...I must maintain that this is one of the best hip-hop albums I have ever heard...No cliched metaphors, no gimmicks...Never too abstract, never superficial. Even the skit-intros are meaningful..."

The Source (4/94, p.73) - 5 Stars - Classic - "...I must maintain that this is one of the best hip-hop albums I have ever heard...No cliched metaphors, no gimmicks...Never too abstract, never superficial. Even the skit-intros are meaningful..."

Musician (8/94, p.95) - "...ILLMATIC could be one of the finest conventional hip-hop albums ever made...Nas is a dark, compelling lyricist who enunciates cleanly and quickly, leaving the listener able to hear everything he says, but racing to follow the meaning..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Concise, focused and lyrically dazzling, ILLMATIC remains one of hip hop's must-buys..."

NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #33 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'

NME (Magazine) (7/9/94, p.44) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...Nas' upbringing oozes from every pore of the music. This is the true voice of where Nas comes from, set to 40 minutes of rhythmic perfection. A stunner..."

 

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