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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. 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. Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2012
    GREAT ALBUM. Great compostion, great song matter and of course with Nas' lyrical talent this album goes as far as being an album that truly represents rap for it's originality and purpose. Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2010
    This album brought Nas back to the forefront in Hip-Hop. Aside from maybe one track, this entire album brings that intensity that only Nas can bring.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2012
    the fact that this recieved a 69 scares me. this was one of the strongest releases for hip hop in 2001. this is just as good if not better than the blueprint.some of the great tracks are youre da man ether one mic and destroy and rebuild. the only reason this doesnt get a ten is because it didnt match the greatness of illmatic but still a fantastic album Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2013
    Nas is much like Ice Cube in a sense. They had made fantastic albums from the start, but then they had dropped their talents, and came back in a huge way. At first Nas was just a rapper trying to prove that he could be just as good as the legend. He did. Nas' debut album Illmatic is not only one of the greatest hip hop albums of the 90s, but it is also one of the greatest hip hop albums. It was not only acclaimed by fans, but it was also acclaimed by critics as well. Then Nas, like many other acclaimed rappers, had to prove that he could keep his skill. Fortunately he did, with his fantastic sophmore album, It Was Written. Unfortunately, the album was seen as a sophmore slump by both critics and the hip hop community. Later, it would be seen as a classic. In 1999, Nas dropped the album I Am... It was a mediocre album that had a few great songs, but it wasn't the album that Nas should have dropped. It was originally supposed to be a double album, called I Am... The Autobiography. This is what the album should have been, but we were left with an average album. Then Nas was going to put out an album that was supposed to be a compilation album of songs from the original I Am... sessions. But Nas for some reason had decided to scrap this idea (fortunately he had released these songs in the classic compilation The Lost Tapes), and record entirely new songs. It was a big mistake, as the album was panned upon release. Nas had went from "top ten to not mentioned at all" and he was in trouble. Not only was his rival Jay Z getting critical and commercial praise on his album The Blueprint, but his personal life was falling apart. Amidst the chaos, Nas had recorded an album that would widely be known as a comeback. He dropped the instant classic, Stillmatic. It is not a sequel to his original masterpiece, but it is a very similar album in tone. Not only had Nas created an album that was as good as his original classic, but he had created an album that brought him back on top once again. Expand
  7. May 8, 2011
    i'm a huge nas fan. nas is my favorite rapper but this album wasn't that good to me. it was okay compared to his other albums. i liked a few songs on the album. overall it wasn't that good. his lyrics were still on point. but his production quality was lacking. Expand

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