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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
    It's infuriatingly inconsistent.... But this album's bittersweet beauty lies in the fact that Nas cares. [Feb 2002, p.120]
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    A surprising return to form. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.114]
  7. Sadly, the cuts that reveal Nas' depth and drive get lost in a jumble of sloppy filler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. FelonyShine
    Feb 23, 2003
    This album is definitely a classic album by a masterful artist. An artist should be rated by his ability to adapt to his circumstances, which are constantly changing. No one does it better than Esco. Expand
  2. 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
  3. MCDish
    Dec 14, 2005
    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. tiffanyb
    Sep 8, 2003
    he is tha illest
  5. BigD
    Dec 14, 2005
    Fuck Asia Z, he don't know what he's talking about. Stillmatic is da bomb, and you know it.
  6. R
    Jul 23, 2006
    I am pretty sure that a lot of these critics here are really more suited to reviewing Coldplay's albums rather than anything from the hip-hop genre. This album is widely regarded as Nas's 2nd classic album by 2006 critics as well as fans, and perhaps another historic contribution to hip-hop. There are various reviews of God's Son where they refer back to this as a great album. Maybe its the title (relates to Illmatic) which immediately gives the thankful reviewers something to talk about, thankful because they don't know how to deal with it. Anyway, about the content. After three woeful albums since Illmatic where Nas tried and failed to go commercial, he tried to earn his fans' repect back and did a non-pop album again. He owes Jay-Z a favour though. If it wasn't for his dissing he may not have had the inspiration to make such a powerful record. Most of the songs are excellent, though not radio material (that's a good thing here). The only thing that lets Stillmatic down is one or two (and only one or two) filler tracks, the most notable being Rule which is just dreadful - like the stuff on his last album. One of the unique things about Illmatic is that it is under forty minutes long but despite being so relatively short, it is excellent; every track on that album is a gem. If he cut ten minutes in Stillmatic, it would be about as good I reckon. Sadly, the Coldplay-fan critics took these duff tracks way to far. The vast majority of this album is great - I am just completely confused as to why this album was slagged off so much when it was first released and hailed now. This is a rare example of where a Metacritic score is misleading. Expand
  7. AsiaZ
    Jun 13, 2004
    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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