Stillmatic

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  • Summary: The New York rapper's fifth album attempts to return to the sound of his similar-titled 1994 hit debut, 'Illmatic.' Here, DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Swizz Beatz provide the beats.
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  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. 70
    There are moments on Stillmatic where the old fire is rekindled, the power of his emceeing reborn.
  5. The good news is that lyrically, Nas is pretty much back on form.
  6. Stillmatic is all the proof anyone needs that Nas isn't as special as he was five years before the album's release.
  7. Uncut
    50
    His music often lags behind in inspiration. [Mar 2002, p.106]

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  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. 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. Expand
  3. MCDish
    Dec 14, 2005
    10
    I don't know what the critics are talking about, but Stillmatic is still the shit! It's got songs like One Mic, which'll hit I don't know what the critics are talking about, but Stillmatic is still the shit! It's got songs like One Mic, which'll hit you emotionally, cuz it's poignant, and Rewind is like Memento-the-rap song. This album is ingenious, it ain't like all that other pop, bland 50-cent materialism bullshit we hear on everyday radio. Expand
  4. BryanO
    Jun 12, 2005
    10
    People now a days don't know good rap if it bit them on the ass. Nas is a real rapper his lyrics are better than all the crap lyrics now People now a days don't know good rap if it bit them on the ass. Nas is a real rapper his lyrics are better than all the crap lyrics now in the present. It is sad how rap has evolved into a buisness were any shity piece of shit rapper can start talking about cars and turn millionare over night it is disgusting, just terrible, rap is on life support its no longer about who can actually rap with good lyrics. Now a good beat and flows that are terrible with no meanings are considered good. Ignorance made T.I. and Paul waul a rapper, it's sad. Nas is the best but these fools can't see because their fucking stupid idiots. "HIGHSCHOOL dropOUTS". Expand
  5. DonovanC
    May 20, 2004
    9
    This album is just sick! This is how your suppost to come back after a downfall. He came back aggressive and deep. Tracks 1-14 are ill. I This album is just sick! This is how your suppost to come back after a downfall. He came back aggressive and deep. Tracks 1-14 are ill. I think any rapper who can rap a whole song backwards makes an instant classic. Best rapper alive!!!!!!!!NAS Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2015
    9
    This Album made Nas relevant again after that underwhelming Nastradamus and to some extent QB's Finest, the feud with Jay-Z reinvigorated himThis Album made Nas relevant again after that underwhelming Nastradamus and to some extent QB's Finest, the feud with Jay-Z reinvigorated him and but a fire inside of Nas which made him produce one of the best diss tracks in Ether, but besides that track there are many notable tracks off this album for example; Got Ur Self A..., Rule, You're da man, One Mic, Rewind and 2nd Childhood are my favourite. But in conclusion, Stillmatic will go down as not only one of Nas' best piece of work but one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time Expand
  7. AsiaZ
    Jun 13, 2004
    4
    This is supposed to be Nas' return to form? Both Illmatic and It was written highlighted his incredible storytelling chops over sample This is supposed to be Nas' return to form? Both Illmatic and It was written highlighted his incredible storytelling chops over sample based beats. Stillmatic highlights Nas' arrogance over synthesized beats- yuck. Collapse

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