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Editors’ Notes

Nas’ feud with Jay-Z helped him find his footing again after several years of identity crisis. As he explains on “You’re the Man,” “My destiny found me / It was clear why the struggle was so painful / Metamorphosis, this is what I changed to / And God, I'm so thankful." The Jay-Z dis track “Ether” becomes a channel for all of Nas’ pent-up fury, while returning him to the fundamental battle raps of early hip-hop. The rest of Stillmatic follows suit, as Nas forgoes the pop concessions of his previous albums and assembles a team of New York’s finest producers, including the Hitmen, Large Professor, DJ Premier, and Salaam Remi. In returning to the moody, street-oriented soundscapes of his early work, Nas refocused his writing and came up with some of his sharpest stories to date. In “2nd Childhood” he revisits his Queensbridge housing project to describe several acquaintances stuck in arrested development, while “Rewind” is a blinding display of storytelling virtuosity, as Nas recounts a shooting in reverse, line-by-line, from end to beginning. The centerpiece track, “One Mic,” encapsulates Nas’ dual natures, as he works himself up in a frenzy of conspiratorial connections and shoot-up memories, only to calmly repeat the mantra that could serve as a epigram for his career: “All I need is one mic.”

Customer Reviews

The Best and most Poetic in Hip Hop

What the f... is the i-tunes reviewers smoking, "facts is facts, Nas isnt the best rapper anymore", Jay-z must have payed them a fortune to say that sh... How does this album put Nas "behind Times". Do they even know about Hip Hop? ooooh its a Jay-z fanatic who supports stabbing in the back. the only reason i gave this album a five is because u can't give it a TEN. anyone who listens to the words of NAS and critisizes especially Stillmatic like that especially compared to Jay-z is really talking out their a.. plain and simple. Are we forgetting REWIND here, this guy is spitting from end to beginning. This album is complete with no flaws not to mention Illmatic! These n....z really crazy, ETHER, even Jay-z admitted to the public that that comback killed him and that's a fact!


iTunes, your full of crap How can you say that Stillmatic put Nas behind? Stillmatic is a classic, and people loved it. if anything it put Nas back infront of the game 5 stars only cuz I can't put 6


Nas, You did it again While Jay-z thinks he won the battle you keep sittin' in the thrown


Born: September 14, 1973 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the...
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