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Illmatic (album) by Nas

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Illmatic
Illmatic by Nas (1994)
Overall rank: 82nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,206 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1994 (5th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1990s (18th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (82nd)

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Nas ‎– 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series SICP-557 2004 JAPAN CD A2
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Nas bestography

Illmatic is ranked as the best album by Nas.

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90/100
From xhitmanx
Awesome album.

Favorites: NY State Of Mind, It Ain't Hard To Tell
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From Kurtco
I'm a hip-hop fan since I was little. During my adolescence, I only listened to rap. For me, hip-hop has always been one of the most important genres of contemporary music. I did not know 80s hip-hop because I was not born but since the mid-90's I've been listening to rap ... When I was a kid, Nas A's "Illmatic" was for me a revelation. It is surely the album of rap that I listened the most. The prod are excellent, the flow of Nas is violent and great. The lyrics are hardcore and conscious of New York. This album is one of the first to have made me love real music ... Surely my favorite Hip-Hop album of all time.

10/10

Best track: "It Ain't Hard To Tell"
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100/100
classic hip hop album and a must listen for any hip hop lover
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90/100
A very lean, mean rap album with little filler. I'm a fan even if the genre isn't my scene.
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85/100
From 9999
Illmatic marks the beginning of hip hop as a truly respectable music genre. Sure, before Nas there was Dre, and Wu-Tang, and Run-DMC, but in my opinion none of them managed to do what Nas does here. He creates an incredibly vivid fresco of urban life with an army of sharp, captivating lyrics, sick deliveries and insanely ambitious rhyme patters, and what's even more impressive, it still sounds great 20 years later. Brilliant in every possible way.
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90/100
A stark look into the impoverished life of New York, a lyrical titan with strong moody beats.
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From Krillin
The only parts that occasionally lag are the features
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80/100
From mdbaxter
One of the best rap albums of all time
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From NickD89
Only thing keeping it away from perfection is the length (only 9 track and an intro). This album has been heavily sampled and contains some of NY's most memorable rhymes. Definitively top 5 most influential album of all time.
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From gibson
Nas is clearly one of the most talented lyricists with the flow that makes rap such a creative art form. Too bad rap like this is hard to come by today.
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