Nas - Illmatic
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1994 Ratings: #13 / 430
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1994 Rank: #1All Time: #11
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

100
AllMusic

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

91
Entertainment Weekly

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

90
NME
Nas’ lyrics ache with the language of harsh surroundings: smoke this, bitch that, fuck the other. It ain’t pretty, but it seems real. A stunner.
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

DrDigitBaby
75

ERMmatic

bugs_bunny
100

Crazy that this is his debut album

LilDickyFan444
100

Bar for bar, beat for beat, flow for flow, Illmatic is not only a rap album, but maybe THE rap album

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Added on: September 8, 2012