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Nas: Illmatic (Deluxe Edition)

Black Vinyl Re-IssueVinyl LP Record
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    In 1994, hip-hop was going through an at-times painful growth spurt. Since N.W.A.'s and Ice-T's ascent in the late '80s, the rap game was no longer owned by the East Coast. After the worldwide popularity of Dr. Dre's The Chronic in 1992, things were looking even worse for hip-hop's hometown. The East Coast / West Coast feud that would later indirectly claim the lives of Biggie and Pac was still in its infancy, but New York needed a shot in the arm.

    The hype behind young Queensbridge native Nasir "Nas" Jones had been in full swing months before his smash debut album Illmatic, thanks to Columbia Records' promo machine. From his earliest appearance on Main Source's "Live at the BBQ," to his own accomplished debut "Half Time" (as Nasty Nas, on the Zebrahead soundtrack in late 1992), it was clear that this kid was something special. In fact, the pressure on him must have been overwhelming at times. April 19, 1994 couldn't have come soon enough.

    And as soon as the first lines of "N.Y. State of Mind" kick in, bolstered by perhaps DJ Premier's darkest beat of all time, the entire East Coast breathed a collective sigh of relief. God's Son had arrived. Backed by an absolute all-star cast of New York's top-shelf producers - Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and a youngster named L.E.S. - the album never lets up. Serious to a fault, and lyrically dense to an extent that has possibly never been matched, the 20-year old Nas stood on the shoulders of his predecessors and proudly proclaimed, "Don't f*** with the East... we are BACK."

    Illmatic was actually a slow-burn, which might surprise fans that have come to its genius more recently. Despite an unheard-of "5 Mics" in The Source - despite an unwritten rule of never awarding classic status to debuts - it didn't go gold until early 1996, and didn't hit platinum status until late 2001. But when you dive deeper that shouldn't be a shock: like Black Moon and Wu-Tang's debuts, it was a dark, hard record, made for heads in New York, not teeny-boppers in Des Moines. There were no dance beats, no crossover love songs. Just boom-bap and rhymes, skills and heart.

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    1. The Genesis
    Year: 1994
    2. N.Y. State Of Mind
    Producer: DJ Premier (of Gang Starr)
    Year: 1994
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    3. Life's A Bitch
    featuring AZ
    Producers: L.E.S.; Nas
    Year: 1994
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    4. The World Is Yours
    Producer: Pete Rock
    Year: 1994
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    5. Halftime
    Producer: Large Professor (of Main Source)
    Year: 1994
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    6. Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
    Producer: DJ Premier (of Gang Starr)
    Year: 1994
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    7. One Love
    Producer: Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest)
    Year: 1994
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    8. One Time 4 Your Mind
    Producer: Large Professor (of Main Source)
    Year: 1994
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    9. Represent
    Producer: DJ Premier (of Gang Starr)
    Year: 1994
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    10. It Ain't Hard To Tell
    Producer: Large Professor (of Main Source)
    Year: 1994
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    Total Comments: 34
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/1/2015 10:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 120.241.83)
    Location: Istanbul
    Comment: Hip-hop definition?? Top 3's NY state of mind, Represent and The world is yours.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/18/2014 3:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .29.109.84)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: Nas, please come back with that raw ill shit. We don't expect another Illmatic but at least work with some decent producers as on this stone cold classic. Us old cats are not stuck in the 90s, but we need to see the hunger and passion which you lost straight after the Illmatic masterpiece.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/15/2013 1:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 202.132.73)
    Location: CALi
    Comment: this was released definitely way before the internet was what it is now, now saying that and of course witnessing the very day the lead songs debuted with music videos, the pace of ingenuity and the right timing of the current technology of that time came all together and gave us a medium of the right sound and sound resolution wasnt the matter... I believe the legendary producers of the early Golden Era didnt know what they had until the looked back and realized time and place and space and sound made Hip Hop come alive with all the ingredients in the right conditions, no matter how hard they tried to duplicate you really have to have all these elements to exist again to bring it back, and only they knew what it took to recreate all of that in terms of quality and production gear and time management. all I got to say is theres toooo much progression in resolution and high definition that its overkilling the clean in art, the art in dirty, can you imagine clean dirt, is that good or bad?! tooo much thought about todays Hip Hop, I believe it like the easter bunny...AND IM OUT!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/30/2013 2:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.166.132)
    Location: MTL
    Comment: Perfect album! top 3 all time.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/7/2013 3:21:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Queens,Planet Bboy
    Comment: This is album is pretty much the soundtrack to my life . This and Enter the 36 chambers. Love this album and although nas never topped it I believe he doesnt have to. Still my favorite artist who has solid releases
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/1/2013 10:38:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: A classic! Just listen to the lyrics!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/4/2013 5:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.194.199)
    Location: Los Angeles
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 3/31/2013 4:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
    Location: Russia
    Comment: It's just a typical Get On Down release. They reissue an album and then reissue the same shit again 3 more times. Not only that the remasters always sound worse than the original versions. They just call them remastered because they had to try to make it sound better than the copy they start off with.
    Name: (Posted: 3/7/2013 6:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .59.38.230)
    Location: Boulder
    Comment: I have the vinyl, I have two of the singles on vinyl (both with acapella and instrumental). You gotta come with FULL instrumentals for me to even pretend like I give a damn. Like Justin said: "I can rap this whole album in my sleep, who the fuck needs a lyric sheet?) Whores
    Name: (Posted: 2/13/2013 2:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .52.18.154)
    Location: K.C.
    Comment: How the F*CK is there no instrumentals? I already have this album on vinyl and know all the lyrics by heart. This is a lame money grab...
    Name: (Posted: 1/24/2013 6:07:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Planet Earth
    Comment: Only good album he made. He had a couple good songs after going commercial, but this whole album is good.
    Name: (Posted: 1/6/2013 4:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.57.71)
    Location: sweden
    Comment: nice, one of the best albums of all time.
    Name: (Posted: 12/28/2012 3:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 173.224.31)
    Location: Baltimore MD
    Comment: The only perfect hip hop album.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2012 2:56:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
    Location: Tha House of Dookie
    Comment: @nyjetsfan89 I don't think there is much of a difference other than the US original version is worth a lot more money brand new and sealed than this one is for the simple fact it's old, in demand and hard to find sealed. I'm pretty sure this one is still in print while the US original is out of print. Some reissues sound compressed while this one probably sounds good but I've never heard it.
    Name: (Posted: 12/19/2012 7:08:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: LA
    Comment: No instr. No Acapellas. None of the extra stuff. Just a couple photos 2/10
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/20/2012 11:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .16.230.87)
    Location: philly
    Comment: im bout to cop this can anybody tell me there difference between an import and a normal one?
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/29/2012 10:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 15.217.196)
    Location: dc
    Comment: cc is da shizz
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/29/2012 11:59:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: ABQ, NM
    Comment: THEE best hip hop album of all time... Premier fuckin went off on this one, Memory lane is hands down my favorite song of all time
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/13/2012 8:13:00 PM; Partial IP: .161.55.40)
    Location: San Fran
    Comment: One of the best albums PERIOD!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/26/2012 7:59:00 AM; Partial IP: .94.170.87)
    Location: philly
    Comment: it was written is way better than this boom bap crap
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/20/2012 5:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.250.140)
    Comment: This joint revolutionized hip hop, a standard so high that may NEVER be achieved again. THE ALL TIME CLASSIC! People will still be listening to this album 100 years for now, period.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/8/2012 3:30:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: detroit
    Comment: The best.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/18/2011 1:58:00 AM; Partial IP: .34.182.94)
    Location: Queens
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 8/24/2011 3:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 242.115.39)
    Location: h4e4y
    Comment: good social commentary and storytelling about city & individual life but gangsta approacments messed it up nas is always an fake n*gga.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/17/2011 9:45:00 AM; Partial IP: .25.151.65)
    Location: England , Bedford
    Comment: One of the best albums ever if not the best - NAS has never made an album no where near as good as this , how ever he has had some bad tracks since on various albums but you be hard pushed to find anything better than ILLMATIC from any ARTIST
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/16/2010 3:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 176.105.40)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: I copped this true classic back in the day. This is an absolute essential precious piece for any self professed B boy. Kinda like the q'uran to muslims, and the bible to christians etc. Daam!! I wish Nas was this good now!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/3/2010 8:49:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: MA
    Comment: Best 10 tracks you will ever find on a single album. Start to finish amazing. CLASSIC SHIT!!!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/26/2009 4:59:00 AM; Partial IP: .222.96.43)
    Location: Bisbane,Australia
    Comment: One of the greatest. Nas a true hiphop legend :D
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/9/2009 7:37:00 PM; Partial IP: 230.143.98)
    Location: TDOT
    Comment: Got it on wax got it on cd got it on casette this is by far one of the top albums hands down in hiphop ever.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/15/2008 4:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 26.142.170)
    Location: Vallejo,Ca
    Comment: What else is there to say, I would give this album 10 stars. Shout out to Queens
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/9/2008 7:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 63.152.142)
    Location: Wash., PA
    Comment: Nas is THE best Emcee of all time! He's been real since his appearence on Live At The Barbeque song. Now, he made his 9th album, and kept it real. Ya'll can't tell me nothin'! Nas, Mike Divine's coming out soon, so,look me up!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/6/2008 8:53:00 AM; Partial IP: .191.28.73)
    Location: Miami,FL
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/27/2008 1:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 41.170.234)
    Location: Bronx, NY
    Comment: One Of The Greatest Hip Hop Albums Of All Time. A True Hip Hop Classic Like No Other. I Wish Hip Hop Had More Albums Like This In The Stores.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/2/2008 12:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 56.149.108)
    Location: Lagos,Nigeria
    Comment: This is a classic underground 5 mic shit!!!
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