Nas - Illmatic LP
"I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death."
No album better reflected the sound and style of New York, 94. Raw rap, soul samples and beat breaks. A gifted writer whose wordplay knows no bounds, Nas tells his own story, the archetypal anti-hero with ambitions of ruling the world, escaping the conflict, violence and brutality of New York's underbelly.
The son of Jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas draws on Jazz influences, with producer Pete Rock utilizing Jazz piano chords and even having his own father play the trumpet solo at the end of Life’s a Bitch.
Jazz also permeates the albums most essential cuts, with The Ahmad Jamal-sampling, boom-bap classic The World is Yours remaining a stand out track. The lyrics remind us that New York is the beating heart of "Illmatic", "To everybody in Queens, the foundation (it's yours) / The world is yours." Nas represents the East Coast through and through and deserves to be ranked one of the best East Coast rappers of all time.
Featuring production by Large Professor, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and L.E.S. the legendary "Illmatic" includes Halftime, It Ain't Hard to Tell, The World is Yours, Life's a Bitch and One Love... - this is the one Nas album you need in your life.
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. Life's a Bitch
4. The World is Yours
6. Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
10. It Ain't Hard to Tell
About this product: this reissue is pressed on black vinyl.