Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Stillmatic features the best rhymes from Nas since his debut, Illmatic, and possibly the best rhymes of the year, rivaled maybe only by Ghostface Killah’s Bulletproof Wallets. Nas rhymes wonderfully on every song, dropping knowledge like.
  2. While no album may ever top his debut's brilliance, this one comes close enough to make even his most passionate haters happy to hear the raw essence of hip-hop revealed in all it's true glory.
  3. 'Stillmatic', as ever, is far from flawless but, at its best, it addresses the hip-hop landscape of 2002 as lucidly as 'Illmatic' did that of '94.
  4. Without question, Stillmatic is the artist's most complete album since he debuted eight years ago with Illmatic.
  5. The good news is that lyrically, Nas is pretty much back on form.
  6. 70
    There are moments on Stillmatic where the old fire is rekindled, the power of his emceeing reborn.
  7. Stillmatic wouldn't be a proper Nas record if it didn't contain at least a few regrettable detours into bad taste, and the album boasts its share.
  8. 70
    It's infuriatingly inconsistent.... But this album's bittersweet beauty lies in the fact that Nas cares. [Feb 2002, p.120]
  9. 60
    A surprising return to form. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.114]
  10. Stillmatic is all the proof anyone needs that Nas isn't as special as he was five years before the album's release.
  11. 50
    His music often lags behind in inspiration. [Mar 2002, p.106]
  12. Sadly, the cuts that reveal Nas' depth and drive get lost in a jumble of sloppy filler.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    After Nastradamus, Nas was almost not king of NY. Well with Stillmatic, he redeemed himself and I'd say he still is king of NY and always will be when he is rapping with advanced lyricism, and good production which are two reasons why Nas is the best of the game today. This is the definition of his name Nasty Nas, striking with another classic. Full Review »
  2. Jun 15, 2013
    while i do believe that stillmatic is overrated, it is a comeback to form for nas. from one mic his best song since his illmatic days), to 2nd childhood, to the brutal ether, to the subtle disses in got ur self a, this album is amazing. production could've been better, but his lyricism makes up for it. Full Review »
  3. May 5, 2013
    This album is definitely a classic. As all songs are great or classic except for Braveheart Party (which was taken of thankfully on later releases). Here are the classic songs Ether (sh*tted on Jay-Z), Rewind, One Mic, What Goes Around, 2nd Childhood, Smokin', Got Urself A... (Gun), Stillmatic (The Intro), The Flyest, and Destroy & Rebuild. There's no way in the world the reviews from the more major reviewers weren't bribed by Roc-A-Fella. Full Review »