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Illmatic XX [Explicit]

Illmatic XX [Explicit]

1 May 2013
4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 May 2013
  • Release Date: 14 April 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • Copyright: (P) 1994 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment/This compilation (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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  • Total Length: 1:25:34
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00J6ATRRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,925 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Not going to review the music here because we all know it's excellent (if you haven't heard Illmatic, get it, one of the best LPs ever made) but I'll just say what the 20th anniversary 'XX' edition is like.

CD- The first disc is the album we all know and love, remastered (the 1994 CD sounds better though!), and the second CD has a selection of mixes previously found scattered across various 12" singles of this period. Not all the remixes are included (some others are on the 10th anniversary CD) but it's nice to have them nonetheless. The mixes are decent, obviously not as good as the originals but they help freshen them up a bit, and have a interesting spin. The highlights of Disc 2, however, is the unreleased 'I'm a Villain' track, recorded around '92-'93, and if you know the album inside out you'll notice a lot of rhymes from the album's tracks appearing on this one. Also included is a 10 minute clip of Nas on 'The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show' from October 28th 1993 where Nas talks about his upcoming single 'It Ain't Hard To Tell' and freestyles for a bit. Very interesting on first listen but you won't find yourself listening to it often.
The booklet gives a reasonably detailed account of Queensbridge at the time and is a interesting read, particularly Nas' comments, but the documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' is better for a 'making-of' kind of thing.

VINYL - One vinyl set, simply the original LP remastered with the new artwork although it does come with a download code for the contents of the CD set.

Try and get the 2006 vinyl reissue of Illmatic with the original cover if you want it on vinyl because the 2014 cover is a bit sh*t with it all orange and that, but if you want Illmatic on CD, get this 'XX' edition, it's the most definitive to date. Unless you want to wait for 2024 when the inevitable '30th anniversary super duper duper deluxe 500 cd' set comes out. (joking of course)
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Mostly bought for display - think this was known due to the digital download code.
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I've been into rap for some time, and being constantly unsatisfied with what I already have, I'm always out to find another album of sorts I can call my favourite. So I bought Nas Illmatic, since I found it ridiculous to listen to rap but not have this album, with all the legacy it holds for rap. It is indeed a wonderful album, with angry, sad, beautiful samples (the last track It Ain't Hard To Tell was an emotional end for me) and powerful lyrics, (Life's A Bitch will be at my funeral thank you very much) this is a rap album I am additionally thankful to call my favourite of the Rap genre, and one of my top favourite albums as well. If you're looking to get into some rap albums, buy this.
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This album is absolutely timeless, one of my first hip-hop memories and having a re-press is a blessing as the quality is brilliant. Definite must buy for any hip-hop fan!
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If you love Illmatic you will enjoy the remixes on disc 2.
The sound quality is improved from the original too.
In terms of service this was delivered in good time , ordered with this company a few times and all have been positive.
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One of my all time favourite hip hop albums remastered.
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It's Nas what else is to be said?
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A must have for Hip hop heads.
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