Stillmatic

Metascore
69

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. Vibe
    70
    It's infuriatingly inconsistent.... But this album's bittersweet beauty lies in the fact that Nas cares. [Feb 2002, p.120]
  6. 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.
  7. The good news is that lyrically, Nas is pretty much back on form.
  8. 70
    There are moments on Stillmatic where the old fire is rekindled, the power of his emceeing reborn.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. MahmoudR
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    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
    10
    Nas proves he is the king of New York with uch songs as "Ether", "Got Urself A Gun", and an instant classic "Rewind".
  3. Jan 6, 2016
    10
    A classic Nas album. Stillmatic is a strong LP that contains some of Nas' greatest songs from the aggressive Jay Z diss "Ether" to theA classic Nas album. Stillmatic is a strong LP that contains some of Nas' greatest songs from the aggressive Jay Z diss "Ether" to the retrospective "What Goes Around", to the creative storytelling in "Rewind". The album only has one dud, and it is "Braveheart Party", however, everything else is greatness. Full Review »