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#396: Illmatic by Nas

5.18.2011


Illmatic by Nas (1994)

Favorite Track(s): "The Genesis" and "Life's A Bitch" and "It Ain't Hard to Tell"

Thoughts: Confession: I never know if I should pronounce his name 'nass' or 'naas.' I'm fairly certain it's the latter, but usually the former is the one that comes out. Also, I never realized he was making music as far back as 1994. Though I guess he was 17 when this debut album came out, so he is about as young as I perceived him to be. So far this review is fascinating, isn't it?

Brass tacks: I loved the music samples used--felt so New York, so urban. Some horns, funk, and even jazz (and "It Ain't Hard to Tell" sampled Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and you know that is always gold in my book). Nas's rhymes were enjoyable, surprising, and frankly hugely impressive for a 17 year old. The album felt mature for such a young man--and I don't mean in content only, but also in style and production. As hip-hop goes, I liked it.

1 comment:

LaLa said...

I'm so glad you liked this! Nas is such an amazing poet - such a smart man. Have you heard his work with his jazzzzzz father Olu Dara?