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illmatic (gold edition)

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Released: 12th Feb 2013


often cited as one of the best hip-hop albums of the '90s, 'illmatic' is the undisputed classic upon which nas' reputation rests, reissued & remastered for the 21st century.

it helped spearhead the artistic renaissance of new york hip-hop in the post-chronic era, leading a return to street aesthetics. yet even if illmatic marks the beginning of a shift away from native tongues-inspired alternative rap, it's strongly rooted in that sensibility. for one, nas employs some of the most sophisticated jazz-rap producers around: q-tip, pete rock, dj premier, & large professor, who underpin their intricate loops with appropriately tough beats. but more importantly, nas takes his place as one of hip-hop's greatest street poets -- his rhymes are highly literate & his raps superbly fluid. "'illmatic' is the gold standard that boom-bap connoisseurs refer to in the same way that baby boomers talk about 'highway 61 revisited'" 10/10 - pitchfork.

illmatic (gold edition)


  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