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Nas: Illmatic XX (Anniversary Edition)

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4.2 Stars (13 customer reviews)
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  • w/ Bonus 10 Extra Tracks
  • Digipack
  • Remastered

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Illmatic XX is a 2 disc, 20th anniversary special edition featuring new artwork, a 24 page booklet with new liner notes by Sacha Jenkins, artist tributes with rare & previously unseen photos. Disc 1, the original debut album, has been remastered from the original source tapes and disc 2 features 10 rare remixes, demos & freestyles from the era.

With the release of Illmatic, in 1994 Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today. The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip hop recordings of all time. Illmatic contributed to the revival of the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the top of many "best album" lists. Today, the collection remains one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with Rolling Stone proclaiming, "a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner, tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic... [the album] still stands as one of rap's crowning achievements." NPR Music called the collection "[a] masterwork of story-telling, lyricism and beat-making," while upon the album s release, The Village Voice gave Nas the title of, "one of the most important writers of the 20th century."

"With Illmatic, I didn't think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I m a man from that past and I'm supremely grateful. There's a Nigerian proverb 'What is past is prologue'. I'm here today because of Illmatic." - Nas

Track Listing

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Disc 1: Album
1. The Genesis (Intro)
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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Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
1. I'm A Villain (Previously Unreleased)
Producer: Jae Supreme
Year: 1991
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2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (Previously Unreleased Freestyle)
featuring 6'9"; Jungle; Grand Wizard
Producer: Stretch Armstrong
Year: 1993
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3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
Producer: Joe 'The Butcher' Nicolo
Year: 1992
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4. It Ain't Hard To Tell (Remix) (Promo Single)
Producer: Large Professor (of Main Source)
Year: 1994
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5. One Love (LG Main Mix)
Producer: The LG Experience
Year: 1994
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6. Life's A Bitch (Arsenal Mix) (Promo Single)
featuring AZ
Producers: Def Jef; Meach Wells
Year: 1994
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7. One Love (One L Main Mix)
featuring Sadat X (of Brand Nubian)
Producers: Vic Padilla; Godfather Don
Year: 1994
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8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
Producer: Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest)
Year: 1994
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9. It Ain't Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix) (UK Single)
Producer: Dave Scratch
Year: 1994
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10. It Ain't Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix) (UK Single)
Producer: The Creators (Juliano + Si Spex)
Year: 1994
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Total Comments: 13
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/4/2016 3:56:00 AM; Partial IP: .56.16.192)
Location: Phoenix
Comment: Really what more can I say about this lyrical Masterpiece that hasn't already been said all I got to say is if you don't have this in your collection then you shouldn't be on this site
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/19/2016 2:44:00 AM; Partial IP: .180.2.172)
Location: Oakland, CA
Comment: The best reissue of this classic. How can you front on the Large Pro remix of "It Ain't Hard To Tell" or Tip's "World Is Yours" remix? Wish they had included the "Nas Will Prevail" demo, but we still get "I'm A Villain."
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2014 10:32:00 AM; Partial IP: 14.182.209)
Location: bronx, ny
Comment: i dont care how many times its pressed or what extras are on it, to give anything less than 5 stars, for any issue of Illmatic is blasphemy.
Name: (Posted: 4/26/2014 2:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
Location: KALi
Comment: just to step out of context of what everyone seems to focus on, I gotta say I find it interesting that in this era or times of convenience because of the web with a million artist being accesable through music services it surprises me that I would see this line up of legendary producers "re-released" on a major record label in 2014. it almost seems as if the corporate major label seems to be just name dropping in a time when 20 something year old rappers nowadays are trying to detach from the boom bap era in a mediocre way to say their shit is quality with the excuse of technology in high definition resolution. yes name drop because all of this on the X X was 20 years ago and this major record label owns the master recordings of course and of couse its illmatic obviously...And...Im...OUt!!!
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/16/2014 10:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 04.214.125)
Location: Your moms mouth
Comment: I agree an instrumental or Lost Tapes Vol. 2. I guess Nas got lazy, it should have been the old album remixes and some new sh*t.
Name: (Posted: 4/13/2014 8:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 196.192.65)
Location: Paris
Comment: They should release a "Lost tape Vol 2" instead of alredy heard remixes!
Name: (Posted: 4/8/2014 6:38:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.24.137)
Location: London, England
Comment: It is worth noting that the vinyl version is only a single disc and DOES NOT include the bonus remixes, the demo and the freestyle. I thought this was bad but it just got worse. I was at least looking forward to owning I'm A Villain on vinyl!
Name: (Posted: 3/17/2014 9:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .3.108.242)
Location: A-Town
Comment: I agree 100% with j8alley & CDK78. The re-up NEEDS instrumental version!! Why are largely dumb-fucks responsible for the decision making re re-ups?
Name: (Posted: 3/10/2014 10:00:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.24.137)
Location: London, England
Comment: I guess my expectations may have been too high but I had hoped for the original 1992 & 1993 recordings of 'It Ain't Hard To Tell'. I don't know why they included the instantly forgettable UK remixes! Seems like a wasted opportunity. Attaching the instrumental version of this album as the second disc would have been perfect. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
Name: (Posted: 3/8/2014 11:21:00 AM; Partial IP: .56.21.251)
Location: Tuscaloosa AL.
Comment: Or maybe a DVD with all the videos from the album the remixes are cool though
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2014 2:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 247.242.43)
Location: Florida
Comment: At least include a 3rd disc with the complete instrumental version and then maybe i'll cop another copy of this Classic.
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2014 10:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .200.0.112)
Location: Chicago
Comment: @HuitSix My thoughts exactly. This is one of my FAVORITE albums of all time but enough already with the re-releases. I have Illmatic on cassette, CD, Vinyl and numerous re-releases. I think my Illmatic purchasing days are finally over. I can't do it anymore.
Name: (Posted: 3/2/2014 11:12:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: PARiS
Comment: How many times is this album going to be re-released?
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