Stillmatic (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

Artist: Nas

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This is no doubt NAS's best work so far. I can say that this is a must own if you even like rap a little and have no idea who nas is. It is already a classic! quote

The Best Yet, NAS is the man

by on 2/9/2002

This is no doubt NAS's best work so far. I can say that this is a must own if you even like rap a little and have no idea who nas is. It is already a classic!

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Product Overview


Label Sony
SKU 60512784
UPC 696998573628
UPC 14 00696998573628
Format CD
Release Date 12/18/2001
Author Nas
Associated Artist/Work Az
Associated Artist/Work DMX
Associated Artist/Work Green Lantern
Associated Artist/Work J. Period
Associated Artist/Work Khalifa, Wiz
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Damian
Artist Influence Big Daddy Kane
Artist Influence Boogie Down Productions
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Erick Sermon
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Artist Contemporary AZ
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Artist Follower Big Punisher
Artist Follower Brother Ali
Artist Follower Eminem
Artist Follower Eve
Artist Follower Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Ja Rule
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Artist Follower Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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Artist Follower The Game (Rap)
Artist Follower The LOX
Technical Info
CatalogID 85736
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 12/18/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00696998573628
Musical Guests
Mary J. Blige
Album Notes and Credits
Contains the bonus track "Every Ghetto," which follows "What Goes Around."
Personnel includes: Nas, Mary J. Blige, Az.
Producers include: Nas, Ron Browz, Large Professor, DJ Premier, Salaam Remi.
Personnel includes: Nas, Amerie, AZ.
Producers include: Nas, Hangmen 3, Kevin Crouse, Large Professor, Baby Paul.
Personnel: Salaam Remi (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, drums, percussion); Keon Bryce (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jason Goldstein; DJ Premier; Eddie Sancho ; Kevin Crouse.
Recording information: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; D&D Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Lobo Recording, Long Island, NY; Patchwork Studios, Atlanta, GA; Playpen Recording Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Sony Studios, Santa Monica, CA.
Photographer: Sacha Waldman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Julian Alexander.
In 1994, Nas dropped his debut, ILLMATIC. More than just a classic, it's perhaps the definitive East Coast street hip-hop record, bereft of clich?, rife with rich, inventive rhymes. His early coronation proved both blessing and curse, as his three follow-ups, while shining next to most platinum peers, never reached the ingenious heights of his introduction. Just by the title, STILLMATIC makes obvious its yearning to recapture that feel, a ridiculously tall order if not an impossible one, but it comes dangerously close, which merely makes it one of the top albums of its year.
At times it feels as if half of STILLMATIC consists of shots at Jay-Z, ex-cohort Prodigy, and others, at times thinly veiled, other times not veiled at all (the opening two words of "Ether"). Out of the mouths of others, this game would be old and boring. What allows Nas transcendence is that he is not your average hater posturing to sell records, he's earnestly responding to a slander with his supreme, unwavering lyrical style. Nas has an insane arsenal of words and an acute sense of incongruity, best illustrated on "Destroy and Rebuild," where he reverses the guns of KRS-One's blistering attack on Nas's home, Queensbridge ("The Bridge Is Over"), to both glorify his beloved 'hood and deny the MCs he believes have fallen off.
Artist Overview
Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger. He battled numerous adversaries, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with him for the vacated throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.'s assassination. Such headline-worthy drama informed Nas' provocative rhymes, which he delivered with both a masterful flow and a wise perspective. Throughout all the ups (the acclaim, popularity, and success) and downs (the expectations, adversaries, and over-reaching), Nas continually matured as an artist, evolving from a young street disciple to a vain all-knowing sage to a humbled, godly teacher. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Professional Reviews
Spin (2/02, pp.106,108) - 7 out of 10 - "...Navigates the divide between the poetic streak that made him a legend and the clumsy pop-oriented fluff that made him a star. STILLMATIC gets as close to the source as he's come in years..."
Q (2/02, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Broader horizons, good production and a renewed flow of narrative detail bring a new lease to his life..."
Vibe (2/02, p.120) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...Poignant vignettes attest to Nas' still superb descriptive his best, Nas is still one of the finest..."
Disc 1
1 Stillmatic (The Intro)
2 Ether
3 Got Ur Self A...,Got Ur Self A...
4 Smokin'
5 You're Da Man,You're Da Man
6 Rewind
7 One Mic,One Mic,One Mic
8 2nd Childhood
9 Destroy & Rebuild
10 Flyest, The - (featuring Az),Flyest, The - (featuring Az)
11 Braveheart Party - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
12 Rule - (featuring Amerie)
13 My Country
14 What Goes Around
15 Every Ghetto - (bonus track)

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