Illmatic - Nas

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This album is imo the greatest hip hop/rap album of all time and one of the greatest albums of all time period, the quintessential new york album, you should not die without hearing this masterpiece first.

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It is an incredible album. Midnight Marauders is the only hip-hop album I prefer, but I'm cool with people calling this the best.

A dozen or so years ago Illmatic was one of the very first hip-hop albums I owned (I wasn't really hip-hop minded until How I Got Over was released), so it was very much a gateway album. Coolio and late Outkast were my only genre LPs at that point.

Back then I was mad about the first 6 tracks (saw it as more frontloaded), whereas in more recent years I've come to appreciate the brilliance in tracks 7-10 as well. When It Aint Hard to Tell finally clicked I was in awe. Every few years when I go back to it I find something new that the young novice me might have missed. Incredibly tight and full of riches.

I agree that it is an essential NY album.
 
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