Illmatic

Nas - Illmatic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1994 Ratings: #11 / 374
User Score
1994 Ratings: #1
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April 19, 1994 / Release Date
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Sony / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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
Doublez
98
« 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 has Nas established a multi-syllabic ... read more
amw100
93
amazing album full of fantastic and nostalgic tracks. one of my favorite Hip Hop albums of all time.
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:
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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