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Nas - Illmatic
Nas
Illmatic
100
Jul 17

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Jul 18, 2018*
86
Black Alien is back and here to stay. Eleven years have passed since his groundbreaking, sublime debut, but he did not miss a beat.

Back in 2004, Gustavo was a 32-year-old rapper in full form with a lot to say about his surroundings. His voice was calmly threatening, his tongue was razor-sharp and his ink was so hot it constantly burnt through the journal. Oh, and he also had a certain affinity for drugs, namely alcohol, weed and cocaine. After a whole decade of losing control over his ... read more
Jul 17, 2018*
100
Simply put, this is the greatest not-from-the-United-States rap album ever.

Gustavo Ribeiro, also known as Black Alien, a Brazilian word wizard born in São Gonçalo and raised in Niterói, both in the state of Rio de Janeiro, provides consistency and variety, substance and fun, lyricism of the highest level and simple approaches, all within one single record. Babylon by Gus, Volume 1 brilliantly chronicles Rio and nearby cities' street life, ranging from sober tunes ... read more
Jul 17, 2018*
100
Most likely the greatest hip-hop album ever written and released, Illmatic marked the highest point in the so-called East Coast Rap Renaissance. The then 20-year-old wordsmith Nasir Jones depicted the cruel, dark, gritty, dirty, ill inner city life of early 1990's New York like no other before and after him. As if this wasn't enough, Nas established his lyricism at an all-time best level, earning well-deserved high praise for his multisyllabic and pioneering rhyme schemes, his flawless, subtle ... read more
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