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Illmatic XX

Nas Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (April 15, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00I6B2J36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is just a quick cash grab for Sony. They could have put together a better package to commemorate this excellent LP but no, they took the easy way out. There are a ton of illmatic era songs that could have been included in this collection but instead we get a bunch of unnecessary remixes. This is a cool collection to own if you are new to Nas but if you've been a fan, just stick to the OG release of illmatic because the album didn't need remastering either. Especially what they call remastering which is just making the album louder.

P.S. The vinyl is just the original album with a digital download of the bonus material.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hip Hop Bible Celebrates 20 Illmatic Years April 16, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Twenty years ago, hip hop was being shaped by some of the most influential hip hop records in history: Wu Tang’s Enter the Wu, Biggie’s Ready To Die, Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, then Nas emerged straight outta Queens with a record that broke the mold so hard, they didn’t even bother picking up the pieces: they just had to step back and admire the game-changing record that is ‘Illmatic’.

Now, twenty years later, Illmatic is being reissued as a remastered version of the main disc, plus a second disc containing b-sides, remixes and radio edits from now all the way back in ’93. If you’ve never heard it before, here’s what you need to know: take the feel and flow of golden age hip hop albums, add it to an astonishingly-gifted, original, young lyricist, then fuse those two elements together with the best hip hop producers at the time: you get history-altering record Illmatic.

The differences with the remaster vs. 10 year anniversary or the original: much, much more bass, whether you have expensive headphones or just have it in your car playing on a normal stereo. It hits you in 'The Genesis', and the kick doesn't let up until 'It Ain't Hard To Tell' ends. Another slight difference with this version: the volume is a little higher too. Both of these things are great, but what you're really getting with this deal is a second disc of remixes, b-sides and old tapes that is like the stocking at X-mas time: it's not the main present, but it perfectly complements the rest of the experience with songs you’ll end up adding to your favorite playlist (especially ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Remix)’). Worth buying another version of the disk for remasters and remixes? Easily, easily worth its weight in gold.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A DISGRACE TO NAS AND A LEGENDARY ALBUM May 15, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Hey, I've got an idea: let's take one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time--maybe "THE" greatest, depending on your POV--and for its 20th anniversary, we'll compress the crap out of its dynamic range so we can make it louder, destroying its audio quality completely, but promote the fact that it's "a new remaster" as if that's a good thing.

If that sounds good to you, then by all means run don't walk to buy Illmatic XX. But if you care at all about audio quality, then just run away period, as fast as you can, and buy a copy of the original CD. To be fair, this wrong-headed compression of dynamic range to crank up the overall volume of an album is not unique to the Illmatic XX remaster--this is what "remastered" has mostly come to mean in recent years, and it's why most newer remasters are a waste of money if you're buying them for better audio quality. The earlier versions will generally sound better.

My comments about what they've done with compression on Illmatic XX are not just my "opinion" -- there are a few databases online now that are tracking dynamic range data for the various versions of a particular album in an effort to stop what's being called "the loudness wars." And the dynamic range for Illmatic XX is awful, and significantly worse than the original CD.

For those of you who may not know what's going on with the loudness wars, here's a brief guide: the dynamic range (DR) of an album is the range of difference between the loudest and softest parts of the music, measured in decibels. The DR, of course, constantly changes as you listen, through the peaks and valleys of loudness. These changes and variability in loudness are an important part of what gives music its "life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never understood the praise of Nas' legendary album until I purchased the 10th anniversary edition 10 years ago. Illmatic is the hip hop equivalent of Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, an album that changed the direction of music forever.

Why then, do I give this a 4? Well, the reason is that if you already own Illmatic, there isn't much incentive to purchase this. I don't own the original, but I will note the differences between the 10th and 20th anniversary edition - packaging and the bonus material. There are more bonus tracks in the 20th anniversary edition, though the only interesting tracks were "I'm the Villain" and the radio show track. You can actually find the first track elsewhere. The remixes are just new tracks for the rhymes, although the One Love remix features Brand Nubian member Sadat X. The CD insert has various pictures of Nas - a screen capture of The Source's review, a group pic of Nas with the producer giants Q-Tip, Large Professor, and DJ Premier, pictures from the original album (I presume), and Nas in Queensbridge. It also has a very well written history of Illmatic by Sacha Jenkins.

I couldn't tell if they remastered the soundtrack, as it sounds identical to the 10th anniversary edition I own.

Overall, if you don't own Illmatic, I would recommend this version. If you do, the only thing note worthy is the CD insert, which only die hard fans would want for display.
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Gotta love Nas....
Published 10 days ago by ED BAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good cd
Published 13 days ago by woodrow .h. whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of all time and the extra tracks are ...
A classic through and through. My favorite album of all time and the extra tracks are gems. This one is worth the physical copy no question, "it aint hard to tell"
Published 1 month ago by A. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Completely satisfied!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Vonshae Edgar Deyampert
5.0 out of 5 stars of course I'm happy
It's Illmatic, one of the greatest rap albums of all time. Yes I'm happy with the remaster. Thanks for everything Nas
Published 2 months ago by Jake Leutenegger
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest of All Time
I am one of his biggest fans! This is a great Album.The remixes are definetly a winner for me. There is also a booklet included which was a great suprise as well.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Callender
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas!
Nas is one of the best MC's of all time. Nice that they put a bonus disc with this. To be honest, I don't like that they messed with such an iconic cover
Published 2 months ago by ill_verbal
5.0 out of 5 stars illmatic XX
Nas is the illest!...G.O.A.T ..Can't wait for the "It was written" 20 and this next follow up to "Life is Good". keep em coming!
Published 3 months ago by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars real R.A.P. music like this is still being made
great reissue of a classic album from the homie NaS.

on 180g vinyl this album is a must have for any music aficionado. even if you don't like R.A.P. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cranford Threats
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