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NAS Illmatic Album 23rd Year Anniversary

Have you ever sat and listened to Led Zeppelin II or Appetite For Destruction and wondered how actual human beings put those songs together? What epiphanies went down so that this one amazing riff could careen into this other amazing riff? That’s Illmatic. On “N.Y. State Of Mind,” before he starts his first verse, we hear Nas — 19 or 20 when he recorded the thing — mutter, “I don’t know how to start this.” And then: “Rappers, I monkey-flip ‘em with the funky rhythm I be kicking / Musician, inflicting composition.” He did know how to start this shit. I don’t know if Nas was mad about Jay making a hot song out of his hot line, but he shouldn’t have been, because he had so many hot lines on Illmatic. In a single verse on “N.Y. State Of Mind,” within the space of one verse, he gives us “Never put me in your box if the shit eat tapes” and “I never sleep cuz sleep is the cousin of death.” Within seconds of each other. Those are instantly iconic, career-defining lines, and you don’t have time to recover from one before the next arrives. He delivers lines like that with such unflappable cool, never betraying the slightest hint that he’s amazed by the shit coming out of his mouth, never falling out of the beat’s pocket, never leaving his heavy-lidded trance state. Illmatic isn’t one of those rap albums that made its mark by coloring outside the lines and changing people’s conception of what rap was; it’s not Nation Of Millions or 3 Feet High And Rising or Stankonia. Instead, it’s a case of a superlative stylist taking a previously-established sound and doing it extremely fucking well, so well that nobody ever managed to equal it on a pure-fundamentals level.

It’s also one of those albums where everything just came together, where enough talented people had a similar enough vision that they could all get together and execute it. The album has the greatest-possible assemblage of production talent at a point where the production pool in New York was at its most fertile, all doing some of the best work of their lives: Large Professor, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, the then-unknown L.E.S. All of them understand the album’s immersive deep-groove vibe, and all of them ease into it with complete assurance. The basslines alone are worthy of essays: The plummy stand-up lope on “Halftime,” the forbidding slow-motion strut on “N.Y. State Of Mind,” the loopy wobble on “One Time 4 Your Mind.” Nas is young enough to attack those tracks with a deceptive sort of energy, but his voice has that husky weariness to it, and he doesn’t spend much time dating himself with topical references or nods to rap-delivery trends. (On Ready To Die, released a few months later, Biggie is much more concerned with reflecting his moment, and that might be why Ready To Die did way better commercially but Illmatic enjoys a slightly more vaunted reputation today.) The album is famously short — just under 40 minutes — and it does everything it could ever need to do in that time without ever diluting things with a single ill-considered musical move.

Full article by www.stereogum.com


Tribeca Films has purchased the rights to “TIME IS ILLMATIC” and planning a simultaneous theatrical and digital release.

Millions of diehard Nas fanatics were unable to attend the few screenings of Time Is Illmatic during the Tribeca Film Festival. Fortunately, Tribeca Film is planning to release Time Is Illmatic on Video-On-Demand service(s) simultaneously with its theatrical release in October.

Nas & Q-Tip Performs “One Love” & ” The World is yours ” On The Jimmy Fallon Show …

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Watch Nas and Q-Tip perform his Illmatic record “One Love” &

” The world is yours ” on Jimmy Fallon.


After sitting down with Bill Maher on Friday night, Nas decided to make another television appearance Monday night on The Jimmy Fallon Show. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of his Illmatic album, Nas and special guest Q-Tip performed .. ” One love ” & ” The world is yours ”

Nas will be releasing the Illmatic XX LP on April 14th, just four days before Illmatic turns 20. vailable for pre-order on iTunes, the double-disc edition will include a remastered version of the original album, rare remixes, an unreleased song (“I’m a Villain”), and a never-before-heard freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show from 1993.









Nas – I’m A Villain (Unreleased) track is from the ILLMATIC XX .. project .. dropping this april .. celebrating 20 year anniversary of the classic album ILLMATIC



Nas‘s debut album Illmatic, widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. To commemorate the project Nas will be release Illmatic XX, which will feature both a remastered version of the original album in addition to a collection previously unreleased demo tracks, freestyles and remixes. Today “I’m A Villain,” which is one of those early 90’s demo tracks set to be included on the reissue, has found its way to the surface.