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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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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A classic album for sure.
My favorites are:
3- Got ur self a gun
10- the fly eat
Stillmatic is a great and timeless album. Nas did what he had to to regain his presence after Jay-z attacked him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SJCLane
Can we rate with halves on this site? I guess not. I would rate this album at 4.5. The classics are well-known and obviously some of Nas’ best work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by AMD27