Nas ‎– Illmatic

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40 Side North
The Genesis 1:45
N.Y. State Of Mind 4:52
Life's A Bitch 3:29
The World Is Yours 4:50
Halftime 4:21
41st Side South
Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) 4:06
One Love 5:24
One Time 4 Your Mind 3:17
Represent 4:13
It Ain't Hard To Tell 3:22

Versions (79)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 57684 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia C 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
C 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia C 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
CK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia CK 57684 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia CK 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
SRCS 7318 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Sony SRCS 7318 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia 475959 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
CK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia CK 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
CK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia CK 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
CDCOL7628 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia CDCOL7628 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
758.206/2-475959 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia 758.206/2-475959 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
CK 64374 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, Cle) Columbia CK 64374 US 1994 Sell This Version
CCK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, Club) Columbia CCK 57684 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CK 57684 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, Club) Columbia CK 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
TRZM-200, 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, Ltd) Columbia, Columbia TRZM-200, 475959 2 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
COL 475959 4 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album) Columbia COL 475959 4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
COL 475959 4, 334 M Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album) Columbia, MJM Music PL COL 475959 4, 334 M Poland 1994 Sell This Version
475959 4 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album) Columbia 475959 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CT 64374 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Cle) Columbia CT 64374 US 1994 Sell This Version
CT 57684 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Dol) Columbia CT 57684 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
COL 475959 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Promo) Columbia COL 475959 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
none Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Promo) Columbia none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Promo) Columbia none UK 1994 Sell This Version
CT 57684, CT57684 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Sma) Columbia, Columbia CT 57684, CT57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
CT 57684 Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, Wid) Columbia CT 57684 US 1994 Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
237.076 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia 237.076 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RP) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
SRCS 8086 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE) Sony SRCS 8086 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
CK 92073 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series (Edited Version)(2xCD, Album) Sony Urban Music, Columbia CK 92073 US 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92073 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series (Edited Version)(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Sony Urban Music, Columbia CK 92073 US 2004 Sell This Version
5154822000 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album) Sony Urban Music, Columbia 5154822000 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92072 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album) Columbia CK 92072 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92072 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album, Club) Columbia, Sony Urban Music, Ill Will Records CK 92072 US 2004 Sell This Version
515482 2, COL 515482 2 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Sony Urban Music, Columbia, Ill Will Records 515482 2, COL 515482 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92072, CSK 58412 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album, RM) Sony Urban Music, Sony Urban Music, Columbia, Columbia CK 92072, CSK 58412 US 2004 Sell This Version
C 92328, C 92329 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xLP, Album) Columbia C 92328, C 92329 US 2004 Sell This Version
C2 92072 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Sony Urban Music C2 92072 US 2004 Sell This Version
SICP 557 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(CD, Album) Sony Urban Music, Sony Records Int'l SICP 557 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
SVLP 377, 4759591000 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl, Columbia SVLP 377, 4759591000 UK 2004 Sell This Version
475959 5, 4759595003, 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE, Sli) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 475959 5, 4759595003, 475959 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
8287687318 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album) Columbia 8287687318 2 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Sony Music Media 475959 2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
SICP-1612 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records Int'l SICP-1612 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
SICP-2394 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Sony Records Int'l SICP-2394 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
GET 9006, 88691975242 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol + Box, Ltd) Get On Down, Sony Music GET 9006, 88691975242 US 2012 Sell This Version
GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Get On Down, Columbia GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 US 2012 Sell This Version
GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE) Get On Down, Columbia GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 US 2012 Sell This Version
88697439542 Nas Illmatic XX(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697439542 US 2014 Sell This Version
88697439542 Nas Illmatic XX(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697439542 Canada 2014 Sell This Version
SICP 4166~7 Nas Illmatic XX(CD, Album, RE + RM, Dig) Sony Records Int'l SICP 4166~7 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
88697439542 Nas Illmatic XX(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE, RM + RE, RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697439542 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
none Nas Illmatic XX(CDr, Album, RE + CDr + Promo) Columbia, Legacy none US 2014 Sell This Version
88843046901 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy 88843046901 US 2014 Sell This Version
88843046901 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88843046901 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
88843046901 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Album, RE, RM, Ora) Columbia, Legacy 88843046901 US 2014 Sell This Version
19075992031 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Album, RE, RM, Ora) Columbia, Legacy 19075992031 US 2014 Sell This Version
88843046901 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) Legacy 88843046901 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
none Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE, TP) United Record Pressing none US 2014 Sell This Version
88985363562 Nas Illmatic XX(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Gat) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88985363562 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
GET51297LP Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Get On Down GET51297LP US 2017 Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
none Nas Illmatic(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) ChannelTapes none Russia 2018 Sell This Version
GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Get On Down, Columbia GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 US 2018 Sell This Version
19075936482, 5154822000 Nas 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series(2xCD, Album, RE) Sony Urban Music, Columbia, Sony Urban Music, Columbia 19075936482, 5154822000 Australia 2019 Sell This Version
GET 51297 LP, 88591975251 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) Get On Down, Columbia GET 51297 LP, 88591975251 US 2019 Sell This Version
COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RP, Gol) Columbia COL 475959 1 Netherlands 2020 Sell This Version
GET 51297 LP Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Columbia, Get On Down GET 51297 LP US 2020 Sell This Version
19439843111 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Columbia 19439843111 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RP) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RP) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
475959 2, COL 475959 2 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RP) Columbia, Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MC 6039 Nas Master Cuts Volume 39(12", Unofficial) Master Cuts MC 6039 Unknown Sell This Version
PHC-1432 Nas Phat Classics(LP, Unofficial) Phat Classics PHC-1432 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Fermented_Head

Fermented_Head

October 13, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, RE, 475959 1, COL 475959 1

Great bass on this pressing. I don't have a very bass-centric amp/speaker combo but I can feel the bass all around me with no eq adjustment
arievandam

arievandam

September 18, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, 475959 1, COL 475959 1

This pressing is dynamite. Ive never heard an original US or any of the represses but I really wanted a 1994 press of some kind, and this did not disappoint. Bass is loud and full and the drums sound deep with Nas gliding over the top of all of it. My copy is a little beat up but that doesn’t stop the sound from really booming out of this one.
Army_of_One

Army_of_One

September 7, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle, 19439843111
I replaced my terrible 2006 Resissue with this copy and while most comments under here seem positive, mine was actually a miss. I have loud static in the left channel and the quality degrades further as it reaches the center of the LP - ruining Halftime. Be careful I guess, keep the receipt incase you get a dud like I did
jurutogell

jurutogell

September 3, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, C 57684
THE . BEST . ALBUM . OF . ALL . TIME . PERIOD .
bpbeelen

bpbeelen

August 26, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, RE, 475959 1, COL 475959 1
Really quiet and clean sound. Think this is one of the better sounding rap records I have.
alexnews1122

alexnews1122

August 25, 2021
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, C 57684
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BigBeat25

BigBeat25

July 2, 2021
referencing Illmatic, CD, Album, RP, 475959 2, COL 475959 2

I'm first and foremost an avid electronic music lover, therefore I have a preference for instrumentals before lyrics.
These instrumentals are truly some of the best I know from the hip-hop genre, especially the Chinatown vibes of "N.Y. State Of Mind", the chill atmosphere of "Life's A Bitch", the jazzy notes of "The World Is Yours" and the brilliant Wu-Tang type sounds of "Represent" brilliantly composed by DJ Premier.

Of course, the lyrics are the main reason this LP remains one of the most relevant hip-hop of all time.
Some of them are just lit :

“It drops deep as it does in my breath/I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death/Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined/I think of crime when I’m in a New York state of mind”
--> One of the most famous lines of all time, as Nas depicts the Big Apple as the city that never sleeps. However, as a city being plagued with crime, Nas says that you'll end up dead if you don't follow the city's pace and fall asleep.

“When I was young at this, I used to do my thing hard/Robbin' foreigners, take their wallets, their jewels, and rip their green cards/Dipped to the projects flashing my quick cash and/Got my first piece of ass smoking blunts with hash” (Life's A Bitch)
--> When you grow in the hood in poor conditions, what other opportunities than shoplifting andsmoking blunts do I have to make money ? That's pretty much the sense of these phrases.

“Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne” (The World Is Yours)
--> So few words, but so much meaning.

“But yo, guess who got shot in the dome-piece?/Jerome’s niece/On her way home from Jones Beach” (One Love)
--> A proof than anyone as innocent as the girl described in this track ain't exempt from danger in dangerous neighborhoods.

Compared to Rakim at the beginning, this album was produced during the peak of the West Coast/East Coast war or words (and weapons, unfortunately...). The voice of Nas is also a delight to listen to, less agressive and more poetic that most rappers.
When you have legendary names such as DJ Premier and Pete Rock (who's remix of House Of Pain's "Jump Around" is beyond belief), you can't ignore this record.
mcnab.cheyne

mcnab.cheyne

July 2, 2021
referencing Illmatic XX, LP, Album, RE, RM, 88843046901

Classic recording. This reissue sounds pretty good except for the end of sides, where it gets a little dicey. Some sibilance and IGD. Generally a solid and widely available option, in my opinion

Equipment used:
* Rega Planar 6 w/NEO PSU
* Rega Exact cartridge
* Rega Elex-R
* Dali Oberon 5
* Blue Jeans Cables + interconnects
DashInc

DashInc

June 27, 2021
referencing Illmatic XX, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Dig, 88697439542
The Hip Hop Bible Celebrates 20 Illmatic Years

Twenty years ago, hip hop was being shaped by some of the most influential hip hop records in history: Wu Tang’s Enter the Wu, Biggie’s Ready To Die, Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, then Nas emerged straight outta Queens with a record that broke the mold so hard, they didn’t even bother picking up the pieces: they just had to step back and admire the game-changing record that is ‘Illmatic’.

Now, twenty years later, Illmatic is being reissued as a remastered version of the main disc, plus a second disc containing b-sides, remixes and radio edits from now all the way back in ’93. If you’ve never heard it before, here’s what you need to know: take the feel and flow of golden age hip hop albums, add it to an astonishingly-gifted, original, young lyricist, then fuse those two elements together with the best hip hop producers at the time: you get history-altering record Illmatic.

The differences with the remaster vs. 10 year anniversary or the original: much, much more bass, whether you have expensive headphones or just have it in your car playing on a normal stereo. It hits you in 'The Genesis', and the kick doesn't let up until 'It Ain't Hard To Tell' ends. Another slight difference with this version: the volume is a little higher too. Both of these things are great, but what you're really getting with this deal is a second disc of remixes, b-sides and old tapes that is like the stocking at X-mas time: it's not the main present, but it perfectly complements the rest of the experience with songs you’ll end up adding to your favorite playlist (especially ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Remix)’). Worth buying another version of the disk for remasters and remixes? Easily, easily worth its weight in gold.

If you're into hip hop and you've gone this long without owning this influential of a record, this is your best chance to pick up the remastered original AND some kickass b-sides and remixes. There are intangible things about some of the greatest records that reviews can’t capture, me especially, and this is one where reading about it isn’t anywhere close to enough: you HAVE to hear it. Don’t sleep on deciding to get this album or not, ‘cause you know what Nas says about sleep.
Confederate

Confederate

June 26, 2021
edited 4 months ago
referencing Illmatic, LP, Album, 475959 1, COL 475959 1

Without any doubt one of the very best hip hop albums of all times. Every track is pure gold. Bought this particular release more than twenty years. I can however confirm that my copy has distortion on Halftime and It Ain't Hard To Tell, too. Halftime is still acceptable but It Ain't Hard To Tell is worse. Full of sibilance which is strange because the track before that "Represents" sounds just fine. Otherwise this is a very good pressing with punchy drums and bass. It is almost perfect in my opinion. Represent, for example, has those nice punchy drums. Wonderful. [ Playing this using an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge ]