Illmatic

Illmatic

by NasNas

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Overview

By spring 1994, the potent combination of West Coast G-funk (the domain of Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Warren G) and gangsta lyrics had become the dominant style in hip-hop. Then Nas delivered his debut recording. His hard-edged, unapologetic, and literate tales of project life lived up to the hype generated by the success of his early single "It Ain't Hard to Tell." Nas grew up in the infamous, sprawling Queensbridge Projects of Queens, and his New York state of mind was vastly different than Billy Joel's. On "One Love," he rapped, "I sit with a buddha sack/ Mind's in another world/ Thinking how can we exist through the facts/ Written in school textbooks, Bibles, etc.You may say I need time alone/ To relax my dome/ No phone/ Left the nine at home," and the caliber of rhyme skills rose three notches. With ILLMATIC's ghetto verité, Nas prefigured Notorious B.I.G. and fellow Queensbridge neighbors Mobb Deep -- and quietly but firmly reestablished the merit of East Coast hip-hop.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/1994
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645768427
catalogNumber: 57684
Rank: 751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist,Vocals
AZ   Vocals
Olu Dara   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Gary Byrd   Composer
Oliver Scott   Composer
MC Serch   Executive Producer
Nas   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Diego Garrido   Engineer
Large Professor   Producer
Tim "The Funky Red" Lathem   Engineer
Q-Tip   Producer
Kevin Reynolds   Engineer
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth   Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Jamey Staub   Engineer
Jason Vogel   Engineer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Pete Rock   Composer,Producer
L.E.S.   Producer
Fred Brathwaite   Composer
Anton "Sample This" Pushansky   Engineer
Jo Di Donato   Art Direction
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Anthony Cruz   Composer
Peg Barsella   Composer
William Paul Mitchell   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Peter Phillips   Composer

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