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Illmatic [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

Nas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0000029GA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State Of Mind
3. Life's A Bitch
4. The World Is Yours
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

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Nas ~ Illmatic

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Timmy L
Format:Audio CD
What can be said about Illmatic that hasn't been said before, probably not a lot but this my personal take on what I consider to be the best album ever made. From the beginning when a new york train drives loudly past a room where Nas' verse from the breakout song Live At the Barbeque with Main Source plays at half volume before a gang disussion gets underway. A non nyc native realises they are about to be taken to world not only wholly unbeknown to them but also to world that modern mainstream Hip-Hop itself has long since forgotton. Nas spits verses on the 9 classic tracks produced by Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock & Large Professor with the wisdom, delicacy and heartfelt experience of someone twice his age. Forget the bragadocio gangsta mentality of Curtis Jackson and his ilk, Nas deals with issues such as gang warfare, gun crime and drugs with a brutal honesty that portrays them not as glamourous acts but merely as parts of the colorful tapestry of his home in the Queensbridge Projects that take place everyday. What really impresses are Nas' multi-faceted rhyme patterns and his story telling ability both of which are yet to be beaten in any genre of music. For those who wish to return to a forgotten time buy this album and let Mr. Jones take you back through the greatest 40 mins of narrative your ears will ever hear, from stories of nyc stick-up kids and shoot outs in fron of tenements to the hopes and fears of generation x black males you will not be disappointed. One word Essential.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it worth buying if you have the original? 31 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Probably not, if you already have the original and you are wondering whether it is worth the extra money for the extra tracks I would say no. If you don't already have illmatic then you should definately buy this version instead because it is undoubtably one of the greatest albums ever. The remix's have good beats but it is almost impossible to improve the classic tracks and the two bonus tracks are ok but I wouldn't spend all this extra money on them, stick with the original unless you are a die-hard fan.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas is the greatest 25 Jan 2003
By dave
Format:Audio CD
About a year ago,I heard "got yoself a gun",and ended up getting stillmatic because it was so catchy.It turned out to be a wise choice-in my opinion nas is the best lyricist in hip hop,whatever you say about tupac or the rest,and he rarely makes a weak song.Stillmatic became my favourite album,and then after buying a couple more of his excellent albums,i decided to get this.Nas's albums always seemed to get compared to illmatic as extremely poor.I got it,and I was amazed!Even better than the other nas albums,and yes its true this is the best hip hop lp ever made!He flows quickly with wit and intelligence and shows his pure lyrical genius.The lyrics better the beats,which are doper than any ive heard on an album for a long time.Nas utilises great street knowledge for a 20 year old,and illmatic shines with flair and originality.This album changed the face of hip hop,and is well worth getting,whether your a fan of hip hop,nas,QB or just music in general.This is hip hop at its best.Buy it now,you won't regret it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas Illmatic - An Epitah for 90's Hip Hop 19 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish this album epitomises all that is/was good in Hip Hop.
At the time (1994) Nas was touted as the next Rakim and on the evidence of his first long player stemming from his debut on Main Sources posse cut "Live at the BBQ", the plaudits were not far wrong.
With production from Heavy Weight players such as The Large Professor, Dj Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip from A Tribe Called quest the album tracks range from the Sublimely Hypnotic Pianos and Wordplay of "The World Is Yours" to the hard core head nodders of "Half Time" and "Represent" and finishing with the Beautiful Debut single "It aint hard to tell".
Nas takes your through a range of emotions and topics with his complex flow and smooth delivery to the back drop of the Projects in Queensbridge where he grew up.
Everyone should own this album - A bench mark for how Hip Hopshould be....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Piece of Hip hop Ever? 6 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a word. Yes. This is a serious piece of music.
I have an emotional attachment to records such as 'It takes a nation of millions - PE', 'Criminal Minded - KRS' etc. When you listen to this record up against those, there really is no comparison.
Nas on this record is touching poetic genius. His flow is untouchable, the lyrics orignial, intelligent. The production is excellent.
Some people might consider this a Gangster record. Nas is simply telling it how he saw it growing up, as a young black kid in the QB projects. This record is a testament to that struggle, and should be acknowledged as such.
I cant quite get my head round the fact that Nas made this record when he was 20 years of age, incredible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I’m a relative newbie to the hiphop scene. I did use to buy albums in the mid 90s like Tha Dogfather by Snoop, Liquid Swords by Gza and the classic 36 Chambers by the Wu Tang Clan. But I never really understood those pieces, the lyrics and was more into the music.
Illmatic is probably the album which put these two things together and made the hip hop genre clearer to myself. I’m a music man, and can happily tell you when the melody changes key and when the drummer adds more shuffle in a track from memory, but ask me to recite the lyrics or even tell you what the song is about and I just can’t. But listening to Illmatic, hearing Nas rap about his struggle of being a kid afraid to rap but now he’s running shows (Halftime). With even some jazzy influences on Life’s a Bitch, to the full bassline of Halftime and the Michael Jackson subtle sampling of It ain’t Hard to Tell, Nas has a lot to offer. He doesn’t go on too much about gun totting but he tells the truth “I use to wash chips now I load Glock clips”, but he’s got proper positive lyrics which he has coming on through the album. Some true to his life which are harrowing, but that’s the way hiphop should be. Sugar coated rap has it’s place, but when it comes down to the deepness and truth of it all, I feel Nas is one of the best. His follow up albums where excellent, though I still think Illmatic is the best of the pile.
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Published 1 month ago by David O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album
excellent album stood the test of time.takes you back to the good old days of hip hop when it was good unlike the garbage nowadays
Published 3 months ago by mike pringle
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hip hop masterpiece
A must for anybody claiming to like hip hop. 'NY State of mind' is one of the best tracks I have ever heard. Period.
Published 12 months ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories
I forgot how much I loved this album growing up. Bassline and Rhymes reminiscent of Rakim. Still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I heard it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST BUY!
I have listened to this album for years now and decided to buy the CD for my younger brother as a Christmas gift, hopefully this will send him down the right musical path as this... Read more
Published 20 months ago by robert
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
I own this album on CD and love it, purchased the digital download for my phone. At least 3 tracks (I've not listened to the rest) skip and jump all over the place.
Published 23 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars number 1 album
Illmatics one of the best albums ive got and ive got around 120 albums. Get this album well worth money its not a album its a track
Published on 3 Sep 2012 by adi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick
Its a classic. If your into any kind of HipHop, you will dig NAS at his best in my opinion, You can expect early 90s beats to be well good, NAS is on a different level
Published on 15 April 2012 by E. Dart
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless
All I can say about this album is that it is the most perfect Hip-Hop album I have ever listened to. Even the intro is a joy to listen to and there is no rapping on there. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest album ever
this is the greatest all round album ever in terms of lyrical flow and wordplay every track hits the mark
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by jamie
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