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Illmatic XX (Explicit)

by Nas
Illmatic XX by Nas
Released: Apr 2014
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Much like the 2004 edition, the 20th anniversary of this seminal album is light on previously unreleased material and heavy on remixes such as "Life's a B*tch (Arsenal Mix)" and "The World Is Yours (Tip Remix)." The two new cuts reveal Nas' pre-Illlmatic state of mind. "I'm a Villain" is an old demo packed with stray lines that would eventually be used on "N.Y. State of Mind." Nas' Queensbridge crew delivers a sloppy but enthusiastic freestyle on a '93 episode of the influential "Stretch and Bobbito Show," sounding like teenage kids unaware that they'd soon redefine hip-hop music.
Mosi Reeves