From Rap Dictionary
|LP by Nas|
|Released||April 19, 1994|
|Record Label||Columbia Records|
|Producers||Pete Rock, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Large Professor|
Illmatic is a critically acclaimed album by Queens, NY rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994. With producers like DJ Premier and Pete Rock, Illmatic began its career with advance buzz on the streets. According to most critics, the album held up to its reputation, and became known as one of the most individual, creative, and lyrical albums in the history of hip-hop. Songs like "Life's A Bitch" (featuring AZ in an almost show-stealing verse), "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (which samples Michael Jackson's song "Human Nature"), and "One Love" (produced by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest), "Illmatic" is widely regarded as a one of the best hip-hop albums in the genre's history, and definitely a must-own for all hip-hop fans.
A remastered special edition version of Illmatic was issued by Columbia Records for the LP's tenth anniversary in 2004, with a bonus disc of remixes and previously unreleased tracks.
- "The Genesis"
- "N.Y. State of Mind"
- "Life's a Bitch"
- "The World Is Yours"
- "Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)"
- "One Love"
- "One Time 4 Your Mind"
- "It Ain't Hard to Tell"
- MC Serch - Executive Producer
- Olu Dara - Trumpet
- Nas - Vocals, Producer
- DJ Premier - Producer
- Diego Garrido - Engineer, Mixing
- Large Professor - Producer
- Tim "The Funky Red" Lathem - Engineer
- Q-Tip - Producer
- Kevin Reynolds - Engineer
- Pete Rock - Producer
- Eddie Sancho - Engineer
- Jamey Staub - Engineer
- Jason Vogel - Engineer
- Stan Wallace - Engineer
- Louis Tineo - Assistant Engineer
- Pete Rock - Producer
- Aimee MacAuley - Design
- Jack Hersca - Assistant Engineer
- Danny Clinch - Photography
- L.E.S. - Producer
- Anton "Sample This" Pushansky - Engineer
- AZ - Vocals
(Billboard Music Charts) (North America) - album
1994 The Billboard 200 No. 12 1994 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 2
Billboard (North America) - singles
1993 Half Time Hot Rap Singles No. 8 1994 It Ain t Hard To Tell The Billboard Hot 100 No. 91 1994 It Ain t Hard To Tell Hot Rap Singles No. 13 1994 One Love Hot Rap Singles No. 24 1994 The World Is Yours Hot Rap Singles No. 27 1994 It Ain t Hard To Tell Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks No. 57 1994 The World Is Yours Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks No. 67 1994 It Ain t Hard To Tell Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 3 1994 One Love Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 6 1994 The World Is Yours Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 6 1995 One Love Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 34