Often Nas - Illmatic as one of the best hip-hop albums of the '90s, Illmatic is the undisputed classic upon which Nas ' reputation rests. It helped spearhead the artistic renaissance of New York hip-hop in the post- Chronic era, leading a return to street aesthetics.
Yet even if Illmatic marks the beginning of a shift away from Native Tongues -inspired alternative rap, it's strongly rooted in that sensibility. For one, Nas employs some of the most sophisticated jazz-rap producers around: Q-TipPete RockDJ Premierand Large Professorwho underpin their intricate loops with appropriately tough beats. But more importantly, Nas takes his place as one of hip-hop's greatest street poets -- his rhymes are highly literate, his raps superbly fluid regardless of the size of his vocabulary.
He's able to evoke the bleak reality of ghetto life without losing hope or forgetting the good times, which become all the more precious when any day Nas - Illmatic be your last. As a narrator, he doesn't get too caught up in the darker side of life -- he's simply describing what he sees in the world around him, and trying to live it up while he can. He's thoughtful but ambitious, announcing on "N. State of Mind" that "I never sleep, Forest, Desert, Ocean - Bri White - Dixie Benedict sleep is the cousin of death," and that he's "out for dead presidents to represent me" on "The World Is Yours.
Hip-hop fans accustomed to minute opuses sometimes complain about Illmatic 's brevity, but even if it Peline Story - Various - Vietato Ai Genitori you wanting more, Nas - Illmatic also one of the few '90s rap albums with absolutely no wasted space.
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