Release Date: 19th April 1994
Featured Artists: 8/10
Overall Rating: 36/40
Illmatic is the debut studio album by American rapper Nas. The album is supported by the tracks Halftime, It Ain't Hard To Tell, Life's A Bitch, The World Is Yours and One Love. The albums has a guest feature from the artist AZ. We all know Illmatic is one of the greatest debut albums by any East Coast rapper and started the career of one the greatest rappers alive. Illmatic is an album that explores the themes of gang rivalry, desolation and urban poverty. It tells the story of a troubled teen and his life. Nas' lyricism is one of the reasons of his individuality to others. He has raw and talented rhymes which make others think carefully what he is stating. There has always been a rumour that Nas was actually meant to have the original album cover of him head-locking Jesus. However, it was stated that the others believed it was too much. Anyway, Illmatic is considered one of the bases of Hip Hop and is a great album. Nas is a great artist and this album is considered one of his best pieces of work. This album still has better lyrics than most albums out these days. The album has a main plot as well as sub plots and a theme. Every critic has given this album a high rating and believe Nas deserves it. Commercially, the album took a few years to go Gold but did and it was the happiest day in Nas' life. In my opinion, Illmatic is iconic and one of the main reason why Nas is who he is today. Illmatic is lyrically flawless and the production is great due to the lack of advancement on technology back then. Overall, Illmatic can not be described with words as the album has eternal replay value.
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