Illmatic (Vinyl) Explicit Lyrics
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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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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".Read more ›
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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On vinyl just a whole different level listening experience. Too sick!Published 15 months ago by Jayson McCalla
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 on Dec 16 2013 by midnight321
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
I had bought this VINYL for an old friend of mine. He admires NAS and this is one of his favourite albums.Published on Feb. 22 2013 by Tick Tock