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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 1994
StudioBattery Studios, Unique Studios, Chung King Studios and D&D Recording in New York
Nas chronology
It Was Written
Singles from Illmatic
  1. "Halftime"
    Released: October 13, 1992
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell"
    Released: January 18, 1994
  3. "Life's a Bitch"
    Released: April 19, 1994
  4. "The World Is Yours"
    Released: May 31, 1994
  5. "One Love"
    Released: October 25, 1994

Illmatic is the first studio album of American rapper Nas. It was released on April 19, 1994 by Columbia Records. Nas recorded the album during 1992 and 1993 in New York City. The producers were Nas, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier.

Nas raps about his life in Queensbridge, New York. Nas's lyricism features multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns.

Illmatic received very good reviews from most music critics upon its release. It earnt praise for its lyrical content, production, and Nas's lyricism. Over time, music critics have recognized it as one of the greatest hip hop albums.[1][2]

Illmatic did not sell very well at the beginning. On January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2001, it earned platinum certification after shipments of one million copies in the United States.

Songs[change | change source]

No. Title Length
1. "The Genesis"   1:45
2. "N.Y. State of Mind"   4:54
3. "Life's a Bitch" (feat. AZ) 3:30
4. "The World Is Yours"   4:50
5. "Halftime"   4:20
6. "Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)"   4:08
7. "One Love"   5:25
8. "One Time 4 Your Mind"   3:18
9. "Represent"   4:12
10. "It Ain't Hard to Tell"   3:22

References[change | change source]

  1. 10 Essential Hip-Hop Albums – #1 Illmatic. Retrieved on January 20, 2007.
  2. Petrusich, Amanda. Pop and Rock Listings: Nas. The New York Times. Retrieved on March 20, 2009.