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100
AllMusic

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

100
Pitchfork

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.

91
Entertainment Weekly

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

80
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.

aronmace
92

I mean it's no Illmatic but- oh wait..

BradTasteMusic
100

Took like 15 listens to fully digest over the course of 5 years, not including stray tracks here and there. Every beat is top tier, every flow is untouchable, every hook lands, every bar is well crafted and thought out. It’s sorta just the perfect rap album. Like staring at a diamond.

charlie17
98

Bars:
/bärz/
1. Illmatic by Nas

ghostlyripper
100

I mean what else can I say about this album, that hasn't already been said? This is about as close you can get to a perfect hip hop album. The lyricism, the production, the atmosphere, everything is flawless. The only problem with Illmatic is that it casted a shadow over Nas' work after that, and some people have the perception that this is his only great album. Which is very incorrect

AnyborGG
100

yeeeeeee

bobbyhabnay
100

basically created boom bap. a classic.

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Added on: September 8, 2012