Illmatic

Nas - Illmatic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1994 Ratings: #12 / 372
User Score
1994 Ratings: #1
April 19, 1994 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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..
charlie17
98
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1. Illmatic by Nas
KIDWITHGUNs
95
POWERHOUSE

As meticulously put together Illmatic is, I think it's a tad overhyped. Yes, the punchlines are iconic as hell, yes, the instrumentals take you over and yes, the album's flow is impeccable...
But it's still missing something.

Best: N.Y. State Of Mind, Life's A Bitch, The World Is Yours, Halftime, Memory Lane, One Love, One Time 4 Your Mind, Represent, It Ain't Hard to Tell

Edit: I had this at 88, what was I smoking?

Weakest:
amw100
93
amazing album full of fantastic and nostalgic tracks. one of my favorite Hip Hop albums of all time.
exception
88
nas has some of the best lyrics ever on this album. he has stories of his life, tales of struggling. i like the production, and felt that each beat fit perfectly with the respective lyrics being rapped over it. i dont necessarily agree with all of the 100s, but can easily see why this is such a praised album.
fav tracks: life's a bitch, the world is yours, memory lane
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Track List

  1. The Genesis 
  2. N.Y. State Of Mind 
  3. Life's A Bitch 
  4. The World Is Yours 
  5. Halftime 
  6. Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) 
  7. One Love 
  8. One Time 4 Your Mind 
  9. Represent 
  10. It Ain't Hard To Tell
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