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Illmatic: Hip-Hop Masterpiece

25 Feb

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….Best Rap Album…EVER!

This is hands down the best rap album of all-time.

I have been a hip-hop fan for all my short life and there are so many great albums. I may eventually do a similar piece on albums like ‘Paid in Full’ and ‘ATLiens’ but nothing touches this.  You cannot be a true hip-hop fan if you don’t appreciate the brilliance of this album.

History:

Nas released this album on the 19th April 1994. When it was released he was 21 but started writing it at a mere 19 years of age. The rise of Death Row Records and its west-coast gangster rap had left the east-cost (more specifically NYC) desperately searching for a momentum shifter. Two albums caused this shift towards the East-coast and New York became the epicentre of hip-hop once more. One was Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) and the other was this very album, Nas’s Illmatic. This led to a stream of superb albums from east coast rappers.

Style:

Nas is a street poet and he realistically portrays the life of Queensbridge but always maintains an aura of hope and belief. It is incredible that at 19-21 years of age he can rhyme with such maturity and effortless poetry.His deep self-analysis, charistmatic narrations and cunning observations give in some ways a soft vibe to serious topic matters.

This album further shows that young rappers do not need to collaborate with superstars create a classic record. I do not want to hear any other voice than Nas on this album. When there are other contributors it is simple, subtle and fits the style of this classic album.

Thus, I have decided to do a day-by-day song-by-song dissection beginning with ‘The Genesis’

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Hip Hop

 

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One response to “Illmatic: Hip-Hop Masterpiece

  1. Pep

    February 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

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