Illmatic (Reissue)

Nas


Vinyl LP

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2013, Get On Down

VINYL FORMAT. Packaged with full lyric insert and poster, promotional photos, and a re-creation of Columbia Records' original press release introducing the world to Nas! The hype behind young Queensbridge native Nasir "Nas" Jones had been in full swing months before his smash debut album Illmatic, thanks to Columbia Records' promo machine. And as soon as the first lines of "N.Y. State of Mind" kick in, bolstered by perhaps DJ Premier's darkest beat of all time, the entire East Coast breathed a collective sigh of relief. God's Son had arrived. Backed by an absolute all-star cast of New York's top-shelf producers – Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and a youngster named L.E.S. – the album never lets up. Serious to a fault, and lyrically dense to an extent that has possibly never been matched, the 20-year old Nas stood on the shoulders of his predecessors and proudly proclaimed, "Don't f*** with the East… we are BACK."

Illmatic was actually a slow- burn, which might surprise fans that have come to its genius more recently. Despite an unheard-of "5 Mics" in The Source – despite an unwritten rule of never awarding classic status to debuts – it didn't go gold until early 1996, and didn't hit platinum status until late 2001. But when you dive deeper that shouldn't be a shock: like Black Moon and Wu-Tang's debuts, it was a dark, hard record, made for heads in New York, not teeny-boppers in Des Moines. There were no dance beats, no crossover love songs. Just boom-bap and rhymes, skills and heart.

Tracklisting

Disc 1
1 The Genesis
2 N.Y. State Of Mind
3 Life's A Bitch
4 The World Is Yours
5 Halftime
6 Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
7 One Love
8 One Time 4 Your Mind
9 Represent
10 It Ain't Hard To Tell



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