10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nas maintains an unparalleled level of intensity from the bracing opener "N.Y. State of Mind" right to the final bars of "It Ain't Hard To Tell.” Nas' flow is equal parts Rakim-style virtuosity and gritty Kool G Rap-derived storytelling prowess. From the ruthless philosophizing of "Life's a Bitch" to the nostalgic sorrow of "Memory Lane" Nas paints a stirringly vivid portrait of life in the Queensbridge projects that other MCs would be imitating for years to come. An indisputable triumph, Illmatic is a must-hear for anyone with even a passing interest in contemporary music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nas maintains an unparalleled level of intensity from the bracing opener "N.Y. State of Mind" right to the final bars of "It Ain't Hard To Tell.” Nas' flow is equal parts Rakim-style virtuosity and gritty Kool G Rap-derived storytelling prowess. From the ruthless philosophizing of "Life's a Bitch" to the nostalgic sorrow of "Memory Lane" Nas paints a stirringly vivid portrait of life in the Queensbridge projects that other MCs would be imitating for years to come. An indisputable triumph, Illmatic is a must-hear for anyone with even a passing interest in contemporary music.

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