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Stillmatic [Bonus CD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Ron Hart
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ron Hart
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.
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972296623
  • Catalog Number: 722966
  • Sales rank: 42,236

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 and Rebuild (5:24)
  10. 10 The Flyest - Az Izz (4:38)
  11. 11 Rule (4:32)
  12. 12 My Country (5:12)
  13. 13 What Goes Around (4:59)
  14. 14 Every Ghetto (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Idea's Original (3:06)
  2. 2 U Gotta Love It (1:33)
  3. 3 My Way (1:36)
  4. 4 Make It Last (1:57)
  5. 5 Doo Rags (1:21)
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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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