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Illmatic (Vinyl) [Explicit Lyrics]

Nas LP Record
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 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

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars edited Dec 16 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album! June 2 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 when i received it only to pull out the scratched case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a special friend Feb. 22 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I had bought this VINYL for an old friend of mine. He admires NAS and this is one of his favourite albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illmatic is straight ILL... July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album has got to be the best I have ever heard. There are no tracks on this album that should be skipped. I have listened to a lot of albums over the last couple years and nothing comes close to this. I would have to say that Big L - Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous, Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt, Tupac - All Eyez On Me, and Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die come close to this album but none of them are better. Nas' story telling ability alone sets him apart from other rappers. When he raps you almost feel that you are a part of what he is spitting. Also, he almost always has a positive message in his songs and to me that counts for a lot. Now-a-days almost every rapper out there is rapping about cars, money and girls just to sell records but it seems that Nas doesn't care about how much he sells he just wants to put out music that almost all people can relate to. Make sure you pick up Street Disciple when it hits the stores September 24/04.....ONE LOVE
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Greatest July 17 2004
By ryan
Format:Audio CD
"Illmatic" is basically one of the top five rap albums ever created. There's so much good in this album that I can't even write how much. I'd have to write a paragraph for every song.
My favorites:(NY State of Mind, Life's A Bitch, The World Is Yours, Sittin In Da Park, One Love, It Ain't Hard To Tell, and Represent). The other songs are also good. There's only 10 songs, but they're all listenable and so it provides no filler. Nas is prolly one of the greatest rappers of all time and Illmatic is his most memorable classic(other classics are Stillmatic and God's Son in my opinion).
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME
There is no doubt illmatic is the greatest album of all time.Not even 2Pac and Biggie's albums can top this. This is real hip hop and every track is hot. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2004 by pussyrippa
2.0 out of 5 stars NO WAY
No way in hell is the CD the best ever made. I am so upset I finally bought this album and it disappointed me so bad. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
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