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Nas' Illmatic (33 1/3 series) Paperback – April 1, 2009
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About the Author
Matthew Gasteier has written for various publications, including the Boston Phoenix and Prefix Magazine. He lives in Boston.
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Published in 2009, Gasteier admits to have only been seriously listening to hip-hop for a decade. Perhaps a few years intervened between the book's writing and its publishing, but at best, it would seem that Gasteier was not around to appreciate Illmatic within the context of the time it was released, and that seriously calls into question whether or not he should be the one writing this book. Gasteier further exposes himself as a johnny-come-lately to hip-hop in Chapter 1 by making the absurd statement that "the traditional style of gritty drums and hard hitting samples" was already "on its way out" in 1984 when Run DMC burst on the scene. Really? It hadn't even arrived yet! Run DMC was the first new-school group. Prior to them, old-school artists rapped over disco tracks--the sampler hadn't even been invented! In fact, Run DMC rapped over drum machines and live instrumentation on their debut and second album; "gritty drums and hard-hitting samples" wouldn't debut until the introduction of the SP-12 sampling drum machine (it came out in 1985 but its sound didn't begin to dominate hip-hop for another couple of years, by which time its successor the SP-1200 and competitor the Akai MPC-60 had established the sound Gasteier mistakenly believes was "on its way out").
This is on Page 11, and already Gasteier has blown his cover.Read more ›
The backstories surrounding the creation of the tracks, as well as Nas' career are a great peek at stuff most listeners never get to see...such as songs forming like Voltron from demos, tracks being re-laid and remixed at the last minute. A must read for fans of the record and/or hip-hop.
Fanon Che Wilkins
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The author start the book off by declaring his outsider status in the world of Hip-Hop then through out the book he makes no attempt to relate to anything within Hip-Hop. Read morePublished 7 months ago by criminal minded
a good book from the 33 1/3 book series though it's a little short for a classic albumPublished 17 months ago by James Peabody
It was a bit of a struggle to get through this 33 1/3 book. There are lots of interview/press release lit analyses that get repetitive. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matt Emonson
This book is definitely a must read for any real hip-hop head. Nas' Illmatic is one of the greatest albums ever made in the genre. This book is a great reader for it.Published on April 15, 2014 by Aaron Hinton
Bought one of these books for each of my family members and one for myself. Thus far all positive reviews.Published on January 14, 2014 by Charlie Yon