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Nas's 1994 debut, Illmatic, is hands down one of the greatest rap LPs of all time. Open to debate is why he ditched his lyrical genius and raw, gully beats to go pop on his next three albums. On his fifth solo LP, Nas returns to his grimy, hardcore roots. On "Ether," Nas disses Jay-Z mercilessly (a response to Jay-Z's anti-Nas stabs on "Takeover" from The Blueprint). Nas then proceeds to dis Prodigy of Mobb Deep and a whole slew of other Queensbridge-based MCs on "Destroy and Rebuild." When he's not busy tearing into fellow New York-based MCs, Nas pulls a politico routine on "My Country," questioning the blind patriotism of many African Americans, flips rhymes with former Firm compadre AZ on "The Flyest," and pays homage to Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G on "Got Ur Self a...." However, the albums finest artistic moment comes on "Rewind," where Nas crafts a sexploit and murder-filled 'hood narrative in which the story and wordplay are recited in reverse (think Tarantino's Pulp Fiction on celluloid). With beats supplied by DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Swizz Beatz, Nas has arguably reclaimed his throne as the MC king of New York. --Dalton Higgins

1. Stillmatic (The Intro)
2. Ether
3. Got Ur Self A...
4. Smokin'
5. You're Da Man
6. Rewind
7. One Mic
8. 2nd Childhood
9. Destroy & Rebuild
10. The Flyest
11. Rule
12. My Country
13. What Goes Around
14. Every Ghetto

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005U2LB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Eby on August 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Why compare "Stillmatic" to "Illmatic"? They're different albums from different years, and each deserves to be experienced on its own terms. I listened to "Still" before I bought "Ill", so I was able to enjoy it fully without having to compare it to its illustrious predecessor. And I loved it...
Nas is an amazingly talented rapper. His lyrics are the meat and his beats are the bones of his music. It's fun (and pretty rare) to listen to a catchy rap that actually says something besides merely celebrating ho's, dope, and guns. Blazing tracks like "One Mic", "My Country", and "What Goes Around" testify to that. "Rewind" is one of the most cleverly structured raps I've ever heard (a musical "Memento"?), and Nas slings some dirt on Jay-Z, Prodigy, and others on "Ether" and "Destroy and Rebuild", which would be a tiring conceit if it didn't sound so damn good.
Get this album. Nas has made some missteps ("Nastradamus" anyone?), but he's stepped back on his throne with this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peace Daddy VINE VOICE on December 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After a disappointing album loaded with watered down commercialized tracks, Nas has set out to prove he still has what it takes to be crowned the King of New York. And with Stillmatic, he proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The album kicks off with a hot intro, laced with a nice beat and solid flow. From there, we find ourselves listening to Nas verbally tear apart Jay-Z on the viscious "Ether," which features enough hot punches to make Ali cringe.
The album's first single, "Got Ur Self A...." is another banger that you cant help but nod your head to. Far from "Nastradamus," the title track and lead single off his last album, "Got Ur Self A..." maintains a feel that's radio-friendly yet still raw.
The hits never let up after that: bangers like "You're Da Man," the ridiculously original "Rewind," and "Destroy & Rebuild," (which throws lyrical darts at Prodigy, Cormega, and Nature), never lose an ounce of replay value.
"Rule" is reminiscent of "If I Ruled The World," another very nice track. And dont think for a second that Nas has sacrificed any street credibility on this album. Vivid tracks like "2nd Childhood," "My Country," and "Every Ghetto" among others will no doubt resurrect memories of the street poet we grew to love in 1994.
But the albums highlight is the beautifully-constructed "One Mic," which showcases a Nas we havent heard before. On each verse, he flawlessly flows gradually from a silky smooth tempo to a fierce, emotionally charged lyrical onslaught. An incredible track.
The album's only slight slip-up comes on the lackluster "Braveheart Party," which features a less than enthusiastic appearance by Mary J.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Chung on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I thought I would never say this because of his last 2 albums (I Am, Nastradamus), but Nas probably created the most complete album he has ever made. Yes, there are some commercial songs, but most of the songs in this album sound more like material from his first two albums. Nas has grown up in his musical tastes, and I believe he has matured into an MC that makes music that he wants while also catering to the fans.
To start it off, Nas spits fire on the "intro", music that made me reminiscence about the good old days of Illmatic. On "Ether", he comes out on top of his beef with Jay-Z (even after "Super Ugly" came out). My favorite track on the album is "2nd Childhood", where Nas just straight rips it like no one else does (except Guru) on a DJ Premier track, where both flex their strengths once again to all the doubters. A close second is "The Flyest", where the dynamic duo of Nas and AZ get back together in the lab and spit over a commercial, but tight beat. Other songs to note include "Rewind" (narrates a story backwards), "The Rule", "Your Da Man", and "One Mic", where Nas talks about needing only one mic in his life to survive and nothing else (money, girls, etc.) matters to him.
This album reaffirms Nas' status as one of the best MCs in the history of rap (among 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, KRS-One and Jay-Z), which is what I thought he was trying out to prove on this album. It may not be another Illmatic everyone had hoped for, but "Stillmatic" is the best rap album I have heard in TWO years, even surpassing Ghostface Killah's "Supreme Clientele"! Nas is back boys, don't hate on him again like how I did after his last two albums. Peace!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DaGeneral on December 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"All my words to enemies
it is poison
Rappers that only talk about Ki's
it is poison
how could you call yourself MC's
you aint poison
look at all the kids you mislead
it is poison"
What? If you heard the song in it's entirety, you can feel it's power. This album only has one track thats obviously not up to par and thats "BraveHeart Party" But that one song doesn't take anything away from this album. There's too many memorable moments on this album to not call it a classic.
"REWIND" It's classic. Telling a story from end to beginning. What ? This man is on another level. Raising the standards in this decade like he did in the last.
Remember that line in TAKEOVER? "Change up your flow, your Sh** is garbage, what you trying to kick knowlede". What? On this album Nas makes Jay-Z look retarded for saying such foolishness. On Stillmatic, not only Nas Changes flo's, he changes moods, topics, Voice pitch, and in one case he changes his accent. What? While on Blueprint Jay-Z pretty much stays with his monotonous tone and doesn't take his content outside his rap superstar/hustler/pimp lifestyle.
There's so much to say about this album I don't want to get arthritis by typing anymore. I just simply give it five stars, 5 mics ETC...............Whatever. The Point is, this is Hip Hops best album of 2001 going into the beginning of 2002. I doubt if there any artist outside of RAKIM thats capable of making an album of this level.
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