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 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. MahmoudR
    Feb 24, 2007
    This album is a classic PERIOD. The so called "experts" who rated this album were paid big bucks by def jam to do so
  2. MorganB
    Jul 25, 2005
    Nas proves he is the king of New York with uch songs as "Ether", "Got Urself A Gun", and an instant classic "Rewind".
  3. 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 »