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All Music Guide - John Bush
Back on the hardcore block and with plenty to prove after two years without a record under his own name, Nas designed Stillmatic as a response: to the rap cognoscenti who thought he'd become a relic, and most of all to Jay-Z, the East Coast kingpin who wounded his pride and largely replaced him as the best rapper in hip-hop. The saga started back in the summer of 2001 with the mixtape "Stillmatic," Nas' answer track to an on-stage dis by Jay-Z. A few months after Jay-Z countered with the devastating "Takeover," Nas dropped the comeback single "Ether" and the full album Stillmatic; tellingly, Jay-Z had already released his response to "Ether" titled "Super Ugly" before ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Back on the hardcore block and with plenty to prove after two years without a record under his own name, Nas designed Stillmatic as a response: to the rap cognoscenti who thought he'd become a relic, and most of all to Jay-Z, the East Coast kingpin who wounded his pride and largely replaced him as the best rapper in hip-hop. The saga started back in the summer of 2001 with the mixtape "Stillmatic," Nas' answer track to an on-stage dis by Jay-Z. A few months after Jay-Z countered with the devastating "Takeover," Nas dropped the comeback single "Ether" and the full album Stillmatic; tellingly, Jay-Z had already released his response to "Ether" titled "Super Ugly" before Stillmatic even came out. Dropping many of the mainstream hooks and featured performers in order to focus his rapping, Nas proves he's still a world-class rhymer, but he does sound out of touch in the process of defending his honor. "Ether" relies on a deep-throat vocal repeating the phrase, "F*ck Jay-Z", while "You're da Man" hits the heights of arrogance with a looped vocal sample repeating the title over and over. "Destroy & Rebuild" is a solid defense of his Queensbridge home, and "Got Ur Self A..." is an outstanding track, the best here, complete with chant-along chorus. Despite the many highlights, a few of these tracks most were produced by either Large Professor or Nas himself just end up weighing him down: "Smokin'," one of the worst, is an odd G-funk track that would've sounded dated years before its release. Stillmatic certainly isn't as commercial as past Nas output, but it places him squarely behind the times. Facts are facts: he's not the best rapper in the business anymore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998573628
  • Catalog Number: 85736
  • Sales rank: 36,491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stillmatic (The Intro) (2:11)
  2. 2 Ether (4:37)
  3. 3 Got Ur Self A... (3:48)
  4. 4 Smokin' (3:47)
  5. 5 You're da Man (3:26)
  6. 6 Rewind (2:13)
  7. 7 One Mic (4:28)
  8. 8 2nd Childhood (3:51)
  9. 9 Destroy & Rebuild (5:24)
  10. 10 The Flyest - Az Izz (4:38)
  11. 11 Braveheart Party - Amerie (3:43)
  12. 12 Rule - Amerie (4:32)
  13. 13 My Country (5:12)
  14. 14 What Goes Around (4:59)
  15. 15 Every Ghetto (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nas Primary Artist
Mary J. Blige Track Performer
Salaam Remi Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, fender rhodes
Az Izz Track Performer
Mike "Wrekka" Risko Musician
Keon Bryce Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nas Producer
DJ Premier Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Large Professor Producer
Salaam Remi Producer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Baby Paul Producer, Instrumentation
Chucky Thompson Producer
Julian Alexander Contributor
Bryan Golder Engineer
Dustin Jones Executive Producer
Osie Bowe Engineer
James Porte Engineer
Ron Browz Producer
Will Kennedy Imaging
Mike "Wrekka" Risko Producer
Chris Feldman Art Direction
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i wanna say like 4 1/2 stars

    if i gotta pick between 4 or 5 stars id say 5 people if your reading these reviews and thinking about getting or not getting this album. Please dont listen to some of these people who gave it only 1 star this is a good album mabey not 5 star but still a good album. some people just dont like nas and some people love my boy jay so much that they automatically hate. unless you just dont like nas at all would be the only way id say mabey dont get this album. but even then the creativity in this album would make me wonder why i person wouldn't like nas. if you liked the singles he put out got yourself a..., and one mic then you will be satisfied with the album. anyone who would give this album less than 3 stars is extremly bias or they dont really just listen to hip hop that much or they just like beats and party songs. one thing about this album is it has substance. if you dont like deep real rap then just stay away from the nas dont try to write a review and hate on the man. trust me he is not considered one of the best rappers for nothin this is one of nas's positive points especially after coming back from the nastradamus album which wasn't exactly up to caliber with his others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Thing

    The best thing I've ever heard from Nas...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quality Album

    This album brought out the fakeness in hip hop today. Jay-Z got smashed on this CD and was retired because of it. Jay-Z cant hang with the lyric content nice brings to the table. He couldnt deal with nice the last 10 years. He had to use a sample off Illmatic without permission. Nas is number 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still matic

    this is one of my favorite albums. the best comeback ever. when he says "I want my style back" u be like fck the rest. got yourself a gun is the best gangsta rap anthem you could find after 2000. dmx bangers? pleaz, same thing of jay z. nas is the king of new york, always was. his lyrics are the best exept 2pac, and with a ten track album he gets five stars while no matter what eminem will bring, never as good as qb's finest. he still can rhyme tight "And the murderous, hungriest crews People jumping from roofs, shotguns pumping, made it through my youth" nowone does it better (exept makaveli offcorse). altough "smokin" is a dissapointment. same thing like "california love", who was way too pop for two pac. same thing with nas, cause he still makes this wonderfull track like "2nd childhood", "one mic" and the mighty "rule" ofcourse the patriotism isn't wonderfull in it, bud the beat and his lyrics are the best in years, not even nas is like is better. the thing is, everybody got's his style, bud nas is a rapper for everyone, he's the guy that invented this pain,struggle,and emotion. that's wy he is better than de la soul,Nwa,or cypress hill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nas is really god's son

    The is one of Nas's best and most commercial albums ever. Got Urself A..., You're Da Man, One Mic, and Rewind demonstrate Nas's continuing ability to raise the level of standards of rap lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The King Of Rap

    One of the hottest hits ever. Keep the music flowing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ok

    first 9 songs are tight wit the exception of smokin and the rest is trash,filler. i don't listen to this cd anymore. stand out track is got yourself a...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nas is good!!!

    I like the way Nas raps and how he tells about how hard life can be if you make some wrong choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stillmatic

    Sorry for all you other lames out there, but the true God-Mc is back in full effect in this LP. It has everything a hip hop album should have: Introspective lyrics, battle songs, Political Commentary, good production and Innovative Ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    stillmatic is definetly the best album nas has made.

    Finally Nas got rid of Nasty Nas,Nas Escobar & Nastradamas.Stillmatic definetly gets his props on this one.Jay-Z is not better than Nas by a long shot.The true ruler is back thats what Kaylon says and thats me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stillmatic

    People have thought that Nasir has lost his touch since the classic debut illmatic, but I never have. Just peep his second album, It was written and now Stillmatic. This album has it all, with vicious battle raps on "Ether" and "Destroy and Rebuild" and pure poetry on tracks like "What goes around." It feautures new concepts like "One Mic" which has a whisper escalate to a shout along with the beat and "Rewind" where he says a story backwards, memento style. He also stays focused and brings knowledge on tracks like "Rule" and "Your da Man." A definite classic and definite buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album sucks

    i don't know why everybody likes this album so much. it sucks. illmatic was one of the best albums ever made but this is just trash. Nas will never be as good as he was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very deserving of only 1 star

    This album is weak. All Nas does anymore is whine. Half of his album is disses as though we care to hear a weak comeback about the people that already dissed him twice as hard. The only good track on here is #12. Go cop Illmatic and you'll hear how great Nas was in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wheres the old nas?

    This album his all bout his status,the first few tracks r jus reminding us how good illmatic was,so this will be jus as gud.Hell noooooo!Nas is rappin bout ice,money & bit*hes.Thats not real hip hop!Take a deep listen,yes his word flow is perfect,but wots the point in words if they dont mean nuthin?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the king is back

    This cd is definately the realest thing i ever heard since makaveli. He put it down for all the true hiphop fans out there. The only good thing that jay-z ever did for hiphop is sparking the flame that re-lit the fire in nas.nasty nas for life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This album is quite possibly the best Hip Hop album i have ever heard and around at the moment, I look forward to hear Jaz-Z's reply to Nas's track ''Ether''. The Mobb Deep dis was unnecessary though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STILL ILLMATIC

    THIS ALBUM HAS GOT IT ALL, NAS REALLY HAS MADE SOMETHING THAT I CAN FEEL. THE FLOW OF THE LP AND THE TRUTHS THAT IT ADDRESSES COMBINED WITH THE HARD CORE HIP HOP VIBE THAT NEEDS TO ALWAYS BE PRESENT IN AN ALBUM HAS ALL BEEN ORGANIZED INTO A 'SOUL-MOVER' OF AN ALBUM. STILLMATIC PROVES BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT NAS IS STILL ''ILLMATIC''. I JUST FINNISHED SEEING NAS IN CONCERT AND THAT COMBINED WITH THE NEW RELEASE OF HIS LATEST ALBUM BOOSTED NAS TO THE TOP OF MY LIST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nas is extremely articulate with his words and wisdom!

    The 5th installment of the Nas Albums is STILLMATIC is the best one yet! He carefully illustrates the problems affecting our society in which we live. Tracks like ''My Country'' and ''Rule'' are the songs where our political struggles are mentioned. Nas creates something different on the track ''ONe Mic''. Stating that This song was his favorite song onthe whole album. He starts rapping from LOW to High in intensity. then ends the song by going back to peace. PURE BRILLIANCE! One great high note of the album, was Nas' ability to create a song in reverse. The song called ''Rewind'' is a very creative story that Nas masters with ease. On songs like''The Flyest Gangsta'' pits Nas with his long time friend AZ in which they shared a similar joint on Nas' first album Illmatic. Also Noted in this album were the problems that Nas had with his foes. Rap Artists like Jay-Z, Cormega and the Rap Group Mobb Deep were slaughtered by vicious words of anger and wisdom. Nas shouts on ''Ether'' and ''Destroy and Rebuild'' to all his enemies. There was one low point of the album. The very club-type tune ''Braveheart Party'' was the only low. This joint was with Mary J.Blige. Nas himself said that the Joint with him and Mary, does not coincide with the whole albums theme. The last Two songs on the album '' What Goes Around'' and ''Every Ghetto'' are both Poetic of scriptures provided by the Rap God Nasir. This album is definetly a Hip Hop Classic!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE KING IS BACK ONCE AGAIN THE REAL '' NAS''.

    THIS ALBUM IS EXTRA ORDINARY ,THE KING OF NEW YORK REALLY PROVED HIMSELF THIS TIME.OTHER FAKE LIFE''J-Z'' MUST WATCH-OUT,BECAUSE THE KING IS HERE TO STAY. KEEP THE MUSIC COMING IN SOUTH AFRICA WE ARE SUPPORTING YOU. PEACE AFRICAN BROTHER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest

    Any one who gives this album less than 5 stars needs a slap. with a couple of tracks from the classic battle with Jay Z ''Ether'' and ''Got yourself a Gun''. With crazy original tracks like ''one mic'' and ''rewind'' - trust u aint heard nothin like these tracks EVER! towards the end of album he gets mad political and even deeper. Every single track on this album is HEavy weight. No rapper alive is on his level. peace

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