Stillmatic [Bonus CD]

Stillmatic [Bonus CD]

by Nas
     
 

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Hip-hop scholars and fans alike hail Nas's Illmatic as quite possibly the finest debut album in rap history. But quicker than you can say "bling bling," the post-gangsta Queensbridge star cashed in his artistic cred for cushy beats and radio-rap stardom. Apparently, it took a few scathing dis tracks from his platinum peers to rouseSee more details below

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Hip-hop scholars and fans alike hail Nas's Illmatic as quite possibly the finest debut album in rap history. But quicker than you can say "bling bling," the post-gangsta Queensbridge star cashed in his artistic cred for cushy beats and radio-rap stardom. Apparently, it took a few scathing dis tracks from his platinum peers to rouse him from his Alizé coma, because with Stillmatic, the official sequel to his 1994 masterpiece, Nas (a.k.a. Nas Escobar) takes no prisoners, reverting to the style that earned him initial acclaim. Even at his jiggiest, Nas's rhymes were impeccable; the difference here is in the attitude. On "Ether," he responds to Jay-Z's venomous "Takeover" from The Blueprint, drawing blood with lines such as: "You a fan/ A phony/ A fake/...I still whip your ass/You 36 in a karate class/You Tae-Bo ho ." Ouch! And the retaliation doesn't stop there. On "Destroy & Rebuild," Nas targets fellow QB natives Mobb Deep, Nature, and Cormega. In contrast, tracks such as "Rewind" and "2nd Childhood" recall the more reflective grit of his earlier offerings. From Nasty Nas to Escobar to Nastradamus, it's clear from his work here that Nas is at his best when he's just being himself -- one of hip-hop's most gifted MCs.

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Editorial Reviews

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 freestyle "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. "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. [The expanded version of this album includes the bonus track "Every Ghetto" plus a disc featuring "No Idea's Original" and excerpts of "U Gotta Love It," "My Way," "Make It Last," and "Doo Rags."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972296623
catalogNumber:
722966
Rank:
22166

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist
Baby Paul   Multi Instruments
Az Izz   Track Performer
Amerie   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Composer
Hank Mobley   Composer
Sadao Watanabe   Composer
Nas   Composer,Producer
Hugo Burnham   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Brad Delp   Composer
Dan Donovan   Composer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Andrew Gill   Composer
Large Professor   Producer
Don Letts   Composer
Greg Roberts   Composer
Leo "E-Zee-Kill" Williams   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Jon King   Composer
B. White   Composer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Baby Paul   Producer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Julian Alexander   Contributor
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Bryan Golder   Engineer
Osie Bowe   Engineer
R. Wilson   Composer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
James Porte   Engineer
Ron Browz   Producer
L. David Lewis   Composer
M. Bell   Composer
Will Kennedy   Imaging
Dave Allen   Composer
Tom Scholz   Composer

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