Nas ‎– Illmatic

Columbia ‎– CK 57684
CD, Album

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1 The Genesis
Producer [Conceived By] – Faith N.*, Nas
2 N.Y. State Of Mind
Engineer – Eddie SanchoProducer – DJ PremierWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*
3 Life’s A Bitch
Co-producer – NasEngineer – Jason VogelProducer – L.E.S.Trumpet – Olu DaraVocals [Featured Vocals] – A.Z.*Written-By – A. Cruz*, N. Jones*, O. Scott*, O. Dara*, R. Wilson*
4 The World Is Yours
Engineer – Jamey Staub*Producer – Pete RockWritten-By – N. Jones*, P. Phillips*
5 Halftime
Engineer – Kevin ReynoldsProducer – The Large Professor*Written-By – G. Byrd*, N. Jones*, W.P. Mitchell*
6 Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
Engineer – Eddie SanchoEngineer [Assistant Engineer] – Luis TineoProducer – DJ PremierWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*, P. Barsella*, R. Wilson*
7 One Love
Engineer – T. Latham*Producer – Q-TipWritten-By – J. Heath*, J. Davis*, N. Jones*
8 One Time 4 Your Mind
Engineer – Kevin ReynoldsEngineer [Assistant Engineer] – Jack Herscha*Written-By – N. Jones*, W.P. Mitchell*
9 Represent
Engineer – Eddie SanchoEngineer [Assistant Engineer] – Luis TineoProducer – DJ PremierWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*
10 It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Engineer – Stan WallaceEngineer [Mix Engineer] – Diego GarridoEngineer [Tracking Engineer] – Anton “Sample This” Pushansky*Producer – The Large Professor*Written-By – N. Jones*, W.P. Mitchell*

Companies, etc.



Track 2: Gifted Pearl/Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music (ASCAP)
Track 3: Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music/Minder Music (USA) (ASCAP)/Taking Care Of Business Music/Total Experience Music Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track 4: Hit’N’Hold Music (ASCAP) Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music/Pete Rock Publishing (ASCAP)
Track 5: Large Professor Music Ltd./EMI April Music Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music/Minder Music (USA) (ASCAP)
Track 6: EMI Unart Catalog Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music/Gifted Pearl (ASCAP)
Track 7: Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music (ASCAP)/MJQ Music, Inc. (BMI)
Track 8, 10: Large Professor Music Ltd./EMI April Music Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music (ASCAP)
Track 9: Ill Will Music, Inc./Skematics Music/DJ Premier Publishing/Gifted Pearl (ASCAP)

Track 2, 6, 9: Recorded and Mixed at D&D Recording, NYC
Track 3: Recorded and Mixed at Unique Studios and Chung King Studios, NYC
Track 4, 7: Recorded and Mixed at Battery Studios, NYC
Track 5, 8, 10: Recorded and Mixed at Chung King Studios, NYC
Track 10 Initial Tracking at PowerPlay Studios, Long Island City, NY

Track 2: contains sample from “Mind Rain” as performed and written by J. Chambers
Track 3: contains sample from “Yearning For Your Love” as performed by The Gap Band and written by R. Wilson and O. Scott used courtes of Polygram Special Products, Inc.
Track 4: “It’s Yours” performed by La Rock, courtesy of Warlock Records
Track 5: contains samples from “Dead End,” “Soul Travelin’” and “School Boy Crush
Track 6: contains sample “We’re In Love” as performed by Reuben Wilson and written by R. Wilson and P. Barsella
Track 7: contains sample from “Smilin’ Billy Suite Pt. II” as performed by The Heath Brothers and written by J. Heath
Track 8: contains sample from “Walter L” as written by G. Burton
Track 10: contains samples from “Human Nature” as performed by Michael Jackson and written by J. Bettis and J. Pocaro; and “N.T.” as performed by Kool & The Gang and written by G. Redd, Jr., R. Handy, C. Horne, R. Bell, R. Bell, R. Mickens, D. Thomas, G. Brown and C. Smith

© 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc./℗ 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc./Manufactured by Columbia Records/550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3211.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7464 - 57684 - 2 7
  • Barcode (String): 074645768427
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DIDP-081279 H4 1A 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DIDP-081279 K4 1B 15
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L424
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 7231
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
475959 1, COL 475959 1 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 475959 1, COL 475959 1 Europe 1994 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
GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 Nas Illmatic(LP, Album, RE) Get On Down, Columbia GET 51297 LP, 88691975251 US 2012 Sell This Version
88843046901 Nas Illmatic XX(LP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88843046901 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SICP-1612 Nas Illmatic(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records Int'l SICP-1612 Japan 2007 Sell This Version


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April 27, 2018
Is there a vinyl press without distortion issues? I have the XX version and after upgrading my system I can hear how awful the sibilance is on Half Time. I'm seeing that this is an issue on multiple pressings and am considering just grabbing a cassette, but I would love having this classic on vinyl.


August 9, 2016
Just got a repress, but not remaster. Has a mis-spelling on the album! Sounds good.


November 24, 2015
I have this LP as well I think its a re-release, I got Nas to sign it, I'm wanting to sell it to get my mum a christmas gift, any ideas on how much its worth or where I could sell it?


October 31, 2015
Classic album releasing during the Golden age of Hip Hop.


October 15, 2013

Nas has a solid collection of lyrics, but his voice is not unique and his delivery is apathetic, not feeling any passion here.


May 30, 2010
Short Review - Absolutely Amazing

Long Review - This is one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums that the world has ever encountered. Son of Jazz Musician Olu Dara, Nasir Jones's absolutely dope-as-hell debut album has perfect flow, perfect production, perfect lyrics and not a single defect in sight. If you dig Mainstream Gangsta Rap, you will like it, If you prefer underground Conscious Rap, you will like it, and if you like pretty much any genre of music, you will like it (unless you don't like hip-hop, that is!)

The lyrics are an observational commentary of the dark and and grim areas of Queensbridge - New York in the Early 1990's though the eyes of NaS himself, and is also truthful and autobiographical as well.

The album also has help from the briliant production team of DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S. and the Large Professor giving out some real nice jazzy vibes, with the stand out tracks being tracks 2, 3, 4 . . . what the heck, I love all the tunes!

Thanks to the sucess of this wonderful album, NaS has gone on to work with countless producers, singers and rappers and has had countless successful subsequent albums.

Don't miss out on this wonderful debut CD.


August 17, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
The hip hop prodigy who would later be known as the hip hop prophet, Nas has emerged from the shadows to show the world that he is the one of the greatest MC's of all time with his debut album, Illmatic. Nas has drawn the production skills of the all-time greats such as, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor and Q-Tip. With an all-star production team behind Nas, he had nothing to worry about. Nas has shown his great storytelling skills as an MC on his debut album while rhyming over well-crafted beats. Nas has proven himself as the hip hop prophet and one of the greatest of all time. Illmatic is an unforgettable classic as well as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.