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Nas: Illmatic

Debut hip hop album by Queensbridge MC Nasty Nas

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"I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death.."

  • Jul 6, 2010
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Illmatic, Nas' debut album is an undeniable classic that instantly gave him respect in the rap game. The album is very interesting in the fact it relatively short,only 10 songs including an interlude, and having no notable guest appearances. Even in the interlude, the back ground music is Nas' verse on Main Source's song "Live at the BBQ". The album featured production by Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and DJ Premier.  The album was filled with classics including New York State of MInd, Life's a Bitch and One Love. Nas was instantly a prodigy and was known for his excellent storytelling and portayal of how life is in Queensbridge. This album is considered by some to be one of, if not the best, hip hop albums of all time. 

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July 12, 2010
I can't believe this came out in the 90's, and Nas is still huge today!  Yes, so many classics on here.  You should totally join the Music Matters community and add your review there for the other music lovers to read!  Thanks for sharing, Jedi :)
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Illmatic is the debut album of American rapper Nas, released April 19, 1994 on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1992 to 1993 at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. It features production by several renowned hip hop artists, including Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, and L.E.S.. Illmatic has been noted by music writers for its hardcore style, production quality, Nas's lyricism and multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns, and inner city themes based on his native Queensbridge, New York.

Upon its release, the album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. However, its initial sales fell below expectations and its five singles failed to achieve significant chart success. While it experienced initial low sales, Illmatic received generally positive reviews from most music critics upon its release and earned praise for its production and Nas's lyricism. On January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, and in 2001, it earned platinum certification after sales of one million copies in the United States.

Since its initial reception, the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as a landmark album in East Coast hip hop. It contributed to the regional scene's artistic renaissance in New York, while marking an influential, ...

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Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap
Debut: April 19 1994
Country: U.S
Birth Date: 9-14-73

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