Nas - Illmatic
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Illmatic reveals a great lyricist in top form meeting great production, and it remains a perennial favorite among serious hip-hop fans.


Illmatic is the gold standard that boom-bap connoisseurs refer to in the same way that Baby Boomers talk about Highway 61 Revisited. The evidence they point to when they want to say: this is how good it can be.

Entertainment Weekly

His witty lyrics and gruffly gratifying beats on Illmatic draw listeners into the borough’s lifestyle with poetic efficiency.

Rolling Stone

Illmatic will probably be Broadway's album of the year, not for the real life behind its dedication to 13 dead homies but for the work on the CD.

I mean it's no Illmatic but- oh wait..
1. Illmatic by Nas
hip hop think tank - bonus episode

« I hate a rhyme-biter's rhyme ; Stay tuned, I assume, the real rap comes at halftime » - Halftime

Although I was a teenager, so still very young when I bought the record and discovered it, Illmatic literally transformed me. If Illmatic is without a doubt one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time, it's because it has been able to change forever and considerably, like a musical revolution, like few albums in history. Not only ... read more
You know what bothers me most in this world? Children. Toddlers more specifically. Babies? They are fine. Their cute faces counteract their heinous acts. Toddlers on the other hand have disgusting faces that not even a mother could love. I've yet to meet a toddler worth meeting. They're like babies with more brain functionality, but all they use that functionality for is to demand their disgruntled parents to get ANOTHER Barbie dream house set. And just to add on top of that, baby teeth are ... read more
undeniably one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the 90's. It's hard to add anything that hasn't been said before, but this album led me into many other artists of the same time. Every song is extremely well written and catchy as hell. It is hard to deny this is a classic. I am not ready to give this a score however.
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Added on: September 8, 2012