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  1. ghostofmooks

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    Illmatic is the debut album of American rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994, by Columbia Records. After signing to the label with the help of MC Serch, Nas recorded the album during 1992 and 1993 at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Its production was handled by Nas, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier. Styled as a hardcore hip hop album, Illmatic features multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns and inner city narratives based on Nas' native Queensbridge, New York.
    Upon its release, the album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. However, its initial sales fell below expectations and its five singles failed to achieve significant chart success. Though it experienced initial low sales, Illmatic received positive reviews from most music critics upon its release and earned praise for its lyrical content, production, and Nas' lyricism. On January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and in 2001, it earned platinum certification after shipments of one million copies in the United States.
    Since its initial reception, the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as a landmark album in East Coast hip hop. It contributed to the regional scene's artistic renaissance in New York, while marking an influential, stylistic change in hip hop at the time. Its influence on subsequent hip hop artists has been attributed to the album's production and Nas' rapping. Several writers have cited Illmatic as one of the quintessential hip hop recordings and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It has been included in numerous best album lists by critics and publications.

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  2. Put it in my Mouth

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    Nas is overhyped & so is illmatic
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  3. JesusOfRap

    JesusOfRap DO SOMETHING FOOL

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    i slept on that album when it came out because i was heavy into westcoast shit like the chronic and cube. i did get IWW when it came out then i got illmatic after. i remember that shit going platinum right after stillmatic came out because the new generation rediscovered it.
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  4. SuperNegger

    SuperNegger Toe Tagger Type Negger

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    Pac, Nas, Biggie... all highly overrated. Not saying they don't shine on some tracks or have a few dope shits but come the fuck on you act as if every word uttered by these fucks were words from God or something. Poor ill-educated fucks go read a book.

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  5. dodson495

    dodson495 Life is Good

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    I didn't listen to it until 3 years later
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  6. JesusOfRap

    JesusOfRap DO SOMETHING FOOL

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    i definitely prefer 36 chambers and ready to die over illmatic though from that same time period as far as east coast goes. the infamous and black moons debut are up with it too
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