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Illmatic (Vinyl) [Explicit Lyrics]

Nas LP Record
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
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Nasir Jones made this debut album at the age of 20, already armed with the calm perceptiveness and been-there-done-that attitude of a much older ghetto vet, though sometimes his inner callow youth shows itself. Illmatic is a look back at a life spent in the culture of the projects, acknowledging joy as much as pain and taking note of violence as a fact of his environment rather than a focus of his life. It's enlivened by Nas's kicky, deep-threaded multiple rhymes--you can tell he grew up listening to Mr. Magic's rap show and internalizing the secrets of everybody's flow--and by tracks from a bunch of all-stars, including the Large Professor, DJ Premier, and, most memorably, Q-Tip ("One Love"). --Douglas Wolk --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest rap album ever made. July 11 2004
By Cameron
Format:Audio CD
The year is 1994, a solo debut is on the rise for a 20 year old Nasir Jones, who witnesses ready to be told stories from his apartment window in Queens. He needs to make money, get out of this lifestyle he has been living for years and show the world his talent. Illmatic was originally supposed to be his only released cd, after this, he was going to retire and take his money. But the success of this timeless masterpiece led him to stay and share more of his talent with the world with other great/classic cd's.
An album that gets hate for being so short, really could of been shorter, it's just that perfect. First things first, we have "The Genesis". This is about 20-30 seconds of a man talking (I think this is from some old movie) where it eventually cuts off with a beat and AZ and other people talking with Nas about how they gotta change the game and light some Phillies and stuff, then at the end he declares, "Representing it's Illmatic." After he says that you just know some crazy s*** is about jump off. And so it does. Track 2, "NY State of Mind", the best song on the album in my opinion, defines what this album and what him as a rapper is about. He spits a long two verse narrative of life on the streets over a blazing DJ Premier beat and it's an instant classic with lines like, "It drops deep as the words in my breath, I never sleep cause sleep is the cousin of death." Next we have the calm and relaxing beat of "Life's a B****" featuring AZ. I don't want to say Nas gets outshined, but it's hard not to when AZ spits debatably one of his best verses in his career. In the last 45 seconds or so of the track, Nas's dad does a solo with his trumpet, very nice. Now we have the great track produced by Pete Rock, "The World is Yours".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Nas, this album is amazing. i bought this album 10 years after it came out. i got it with tha anniversary edition. i always heard how good it was and it was tha best rap album out there. i listened and i just wanted more 10 songs wasnt enough. this album is hott and theres no big name apperances, no super producers like neptunes or kanyae west. jus large professor, q-tip,az and tha best nas. his lyrics r like no other. from begining to end its crazy. if yur a new rap fan or old u need this. to know where rap came from or where its goin this is where it started. with ILLMATIC
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Slaughterhouse!!! Moment of Silence. July 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
Best Hip-Hop album of all time!! Yes, this is better than any 2Pac album ever. 2Pac wasn't even this much of an genius. This album changed the face of hip-hop forever. Back when the hip-hop was ran by the east coast, Nas was the only person that took hip hop back to its roots. He was the best rapper on the east coast, not Biggie. In my opinion Biggie wasn't even on the same level as Nas. If Biggie was still alive today he wouldn't be better than Nas. This ablum literally makes me cry, because I think about how the rap game is today, and it's pathetic. Illmactic is so ahead of its time. Just think when have you ever heard an album like this. I'll help you out, you haven't. It's been ten years since Illmatic came out, and there still isn't an album like this. My question is, Will there ever be?? Nas certainly secured his spot as one of the best emcees ever, if not the best ever. In my opinion if Nas isn't the best ever, then he ties 2Pac for the number 1 spot. Nas doesn't have to talk about guns, girls, and money. It seems like he is better than that. Everyone just follows behind what somebody else does in hip hop today. If don't believe me just listen to Slick Rick and Biggie. Slick Rick originizied the art of story telling and Biggie just came behind Slick Rick and did the same thing, he just added violence to his stories. Also all of Nas's albums sound very different. You can't say that for any other artists, not even 2Pac himself. You never know where Nas is coming from. Perfect example who would've thought that Nas would come out with "If I Ruled The World" after the classic "Illmatic". In conclusion "Illmatic" is a must have for any music fan, not just hip hop fan. If don't have this album, then you are really missing out on the essence of TRUE HIP-HOP!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS - the only review you need! May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album in 95 and must say the Hip-hop is in no way, shape or form the way it used to be. Hip-hop should not be about satisfying all listeners. Presently, A great deal of MC's use hip-hop to showcase thier material things and party antics. To me, hip-hop is rhyming about life to people who want to listen. It's about showcasing pure talent. It is ironic to me that one of Nas' most provocative albums also brought him the least amount of success. There a many theories as to why this happened, but the fact of the matter still stands, he recorded this album w/ hip-hop in his heart. Undeniably, the record does have an old school vibe, but you must keep in mind that it was recorded in 94. Still, you will notice that it is ahead of it's time.
pete - I own an Esham record and eventhough I am an underground enthusiast, I cannot believe you are serious about giving him 5 stars on every album he put out. 3 or 3.5 maybe. Just because some of the lyrics are hard to grasp, don't mean it's deep
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
On vinyl just a whole different level listening experience. Too sick!
Published 18 hours ago by Jayson McCalla
3.0 out of 5 stars edited
Everyone whose heard this album knows its straight 5 mics,but when u make it edited.damn.just wrong.It was the mistake in description by supplier.
Published 10 months ago by midnight321
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album!
Really love the album, nothing bad to say about the content.

But the disc case had two scrapes on the front which kind of bugged me considering it was packaged nicely... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ethan Macdonald Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars For a special friend
I had bought this VINYL for an old friend of mine. He admires NAS and this is one of his favourite albums.
Published 20 months ago by Tick Tock
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
the product was in its original packaging as mentioned and obviously a great cd, fast shipping, good service and communication
Published on Oct. 11 2011 by steven
5.0 out of 5 stars it was quick and good.
The product came really quick and was in good condition, the case was slightly cracked but it happens. all in all, it was good and i would buy again.
Published on March 6 2011 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT CD!!
This cd will blow your mind! If you are a serious hip hop fan and you dont have this cd yet, I strongy suggest you go get this NOW! Read more
Published on June 24 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Insane
i honestly do not know how anybody could give this a rateing bellow 5 stars (they must not know real hip-hop) this album is mind blowing and deserves more than 5 stars every track... Read more
Published on May 26 2005 by Dan Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Of All Time
Not much more needed to be said about this album, it is the best hip hop album ever made, Nas brings you on a vivid journey through his life and that of the ghetto.
Published on April 22 2005 by Blair Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hip-Hop Genius
Nas undoubtubley is one of the best rappers in the history of hip hop. With illmatic nas has not only paved the road to hip hop but he has also helped many people take it to the... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2004
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