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Illmatic

Nas - Illmatic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1994 Ratings: #3 / 22
User Score
Based on 655 ratings
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.

charlie17
98
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amw100
93
amazing album full of fantastic and nostalgic tracks. one of my favorite Hip Hop albums of all time.
aronmace
92
I mean it's no Illmatic but- oh wait..
holyfishpaste
99
STRAIGHT FROM THE DUNGEONS OF RAP WHERE FAKE BROTHAS DON'T MAKE IT BACK

i mean what do you want me to say it's illmatic. this is the album that convinced most of us rap could be next level. this is the album everyone compares back to, and for good reason. Dark, relentless, sagely, and oh so simple. Every bar counts. Every beat is used to it's fullest potential. Even if I might personally have several favorites i'd rank above this, I gotta give credit where credit's due.

It's the gold ... read more
BradTasteMusic
NR
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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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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Added on: September 8, 2012