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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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[gunshots] [Nas talking] ("Fuck Jay-Z") What's up niggas, ay yo, I know you ain't talkin 'bout me dog You, what? ("Fuck Jay-Z") You been on my dick... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  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. Feb 28, 2020
    10
    Visualising the realism of life and actuality
    crud whos the baddest a persons status depends on salary
    and my mentality is money orientated
    Visualising the realism of life and actuality
    crud whos the baddest a persons status depends on salary
    and my mentality is money orientated
    been destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it
    we were beginners in the hood as 5 percenters
    but something mustve got in us cause all of us turned to sinners
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  3. JackK
    Jan 4, 2006
    10
    What is it with these so called critics, they are quick to rate somthing high if its supposedly 'en vogue' or 'different and What is it with these so called critics, they are quick to rate somthing high if its supposedly 'en vogue' or 'different and fresh' which usually means a zany album cover with weird and 'abstract' video, but they cant see a classic rap album staring them in the face - just dope lyrics and dope rhymes with a strong attitude and message. People who reviewed are just wallowing in thier own importance and rate music highly when it seems cool to rate that album highly(see 'Arular' - a good album but rated ridiculously highly just because its a bit different.) Expand
  4. BigD
    Dec 14, 2005
    10
    Fuck Asia Z, he don't know what he's talking about. Stillmatic is da bomb, and you know it.
  5. R
    Jul 23, 2006
    9
    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 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
  6. Jul 14, 2012
    9
    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 betterthe 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
  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. Expand

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