by Nas
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Back on the hardcore block and with plenty to prove after two years without a record under his own name, Nas designed Stillmatic as a response: to the rap cognoscenti who thought he'd become a relic, and most of all to Jay-Z, the East Coast kingpin who wounded his pride and largely replaced him as the best rapper in hip-hop. The saga started back in the summer of 2001 with the mixtape "Stillmatic," Nas' answer track to an on-stage dis by Jay-Z. A few months after Jay-Z countered with the devastating "Takeover," Nas dropped the comeback single "Ether" and the full album Stillmatic; tellingly, Jay-Z had already released his response to "Ether" (titled "Super Ugly") before Stillmatic even came out. Dropping many of the mainstream hooks and featured performers in order to focus his rapping, Nas proves he's still a world-class rhymer, but he does sound out of touch in the process of defending his honor. "Ether" relies on a deep-throat vocal repeating the phrase, "F*ck Jay-Z", while "You're da Man" hits the heights of arrogance with a looped vocal sample repeating the title over and over. "Destroy & Rebuild" is a solid defense of his Queensbridge home, and "Got Ur Self A..." is an outstanding track, the best here, complete with chant-along chorus. Despite the many highlights, a few of these tracks (most were produced by either Large Professor or Nas himself) just end up weighing him down: "Smokin'," one of the worst, is an odd G-funk track that would've sounded dated years before its release. Stillmatic certainly isn't as commercial as past Nas output, but it places him squarely behind the times. Facts are facts: he's not the best rapper in the business anymore.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998573628
catalogNumber: 85736
Rank: 28328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist
Mary J. Blige   Track Performer
Salaam Remi   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,fender rhodes
Az Izz   Track Performer
Mike "Wrekka" Risko   Musician
Keon Bryce   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nas   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Large Professor   Producer
Salaam Remi   Producer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Baby Paul   Producer,Instrumentation
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Julian Alexander   Contributor
Bryan Golder   Engineer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Dustin Jones   Executive Producer
Osie Bowe   Engineer
James Porte   Engineer
Ron Browz   Producer
Will Kennedy   Imaging
Mike "Wrekka" Risko   Producer
Chris Feldman   Art Direction

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Stillmatic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally Nas got rid of Nasty Nas,Nas Escobar & Nastradamas.Stillmatic definetly gets his props on this one.Jay-Z is not better than Nas by a long shot.The true ruler is back thats what Kaylon says and thats me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
nas has finally killed off escobar and has entered ''stillmatic''...the hottest album in the streets as we speak..The lyrical genius is still making his claim as the man..No one can touch his skills..He should get 10 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, all i have to say is that Rewind has to be the hottest song to ever come out. No rapper has ever done that before. I think there is only one song on the entire album that I skipped over, other than that, it is one of his better ones. One Mic is hot, Stillmatic is hot, Smokin is hot and those are just a few.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album his all bout his status,the first few tracks r jus reminding us how good illmatic was,so this will be jus as gud.Hell noooooo!Nas is rappin bout ice,money & bit*hes.Thats not real hip hop!Take a deep listen,yes his word flow is perfect,but wots the point in words if they dont mean nuthin?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i don't know why everybody likes this album so much. it sucks. illmatic was one of the best albums ever made but this is just trash. Nas will never be as good as he was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 5th installment of the Nas Albums is STILLMATIC is the best one yet! He carefully illustrates the problems affecting our society in which we live. Tracks like ''My Country'' and ''Rule'' are the songs where our political struggles are mentioned. Nas creates something different on the track ''ONe Mic''. Stating that This song was his favorite song onthe whole album. He starts rapping from LOW to High in intensity. then ends the song by going back to peace. PURE BRILLIANCE! One great high note of the album, was Nas' ability to create a song in reverse. The song called ''Rewind'' is a very creative story that Nas masters with ease. On songs like''The Flyest Gangsta'' pits Nas with his long time friend AZ in which they shared a similar joint on Nas' first album Illmatic. Also Noted in this album were the problems that Nas had with his foes. Rap Artists like Jay-Z, Cormega and the Rap Group Mobb Deep were slaughtered by vicious words of anger and wisdom. Nas shouts on ''Ether'' and ''Destroy and Rebuild'' to all his enemies. There was one low point of the album. The very club-type tune ''Braveheart Party'' was the only low. This joint was with Mary J.Blige. Nas himself said that the Joint with him and Mary, does not coincide with the whole albums theme. The last Two songs on the album '' What Goes Around'' and ''Every Ghetto'' are both Poetic of scriptures provided by the Rap God Nasir. This album is definetly a Hip Hop Classic!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is quite possibly the best Hip Hop album i have ever heard and around at the moment, I look forward to hear Jaz-Z's reply to Nas's track ''Ether''. The Mobb Deep dis was unnecessary though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was suppose to highlight what Nas would do after Jay-Z had basically man handle both Nas and Mobb Deep, this is album was not what I thought he should have come out with, the only good song on this whole album (TO ME) was the Everybody Wants to Rule The World, so I will revert to a line that Jay-Z said to Nas, Smartin UP NAS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is weak. All Nas does anymore is whine. Half of his album is disses as though we care to hear a weak comeback about the people that already dissed him twice as hard. The only good track on here is #12. Go cop Illmatic and you'll hear how great Nas was in the past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any one who gives this album less than 5 stars needs a slap. with a couple of tracks from the classic battle with Jay Z ''Ether'' and ''Got yourself a Gun''. With crazy original tracks like ''one mic'' and ''rewind'' - trust u aint heard nothin like these tracks EVER! towards the end of album he gets mad political and even deeper. Every single track on this album is HEavy weight. No rapper alive is on his level. peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
People have thought that Nasir has lost his touch since the classic debut illmatic, but I never have. Just peep his second album, It was written and now Stillmatic. This album has it all, with vicious battle raps on "Ether" and "Destroy and Rebuild" and pure poetry on tracks like "What goes around." It feautures new concepts like "One Mic" which has a whisper escalate to a shout along with the beat and "Rewind" where he says a story backwards, memento style. He also stays focused and brings knowledge on tracks like "Rule" and "Your da Man." A definite classic and definite buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first 9 songs are tight wit the exception of smokin and the rest is trash,filler. i don't listen to this cd anymore. stand out track is got yourself a...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nas album is off the chain. He's my favorite rap artist and to me, he always pleases, lyrically!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if i gotta pick between 4 or 5 stars id say 5 people if your reading these reviews and thinking about getting or not getting this album. Please dont listen to some of these people who gave it only 1 star this is a good album mabey not 5 star but still a good album. some people just dont like nas and some people love my boy jay so much that they automatically hate. unless you just dont like nas at all would be the only way id say mabey dont get this album. but even then the creativity in this album would make me wonder why i person wouldn't like nas. if you liked the singles he put out got yourself a..., and one mic then you will be satisfied with the album. anyone who would give this album less than 3 stars is extremly bias or they dont really just listen to hip hop that much or they just like beats and party songs. one thing about this album is it has substance. if you dont like deep real rap then just stay away from the nas dont try to write a review and hate on the man. trust me he is not considered one of the best rappers for nothin this is one of nas's positive points especially after coming back from the nastradamus album which wasn't exactly up to caliber with his others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this junk on fire it is the hottest album he ever made
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album brought out the fakeness in hip hop today. Jay-Z got smashed on this CD and was retired because of it. Jay-Z cant hang with the lyric content nice brings to the table. He couldnt deal with nice the last 10 years. He had to use a sample off Illmatic without permission. Nas is number 1.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite albums. the best comeback ever. when he says "I want my style back" u be like fck the rest. got yourself a gun is the best gangsta rap anthem you could find after 2000. dmx bangers? pleaz, same thing of jay z. nas is the king of new york, always was. his lyrics are the best exept 2pac, and with a ten track album he gets five stars while no matter what eminem will bring, never as good as qb's finest. he still can rhyme tight "And the murderous, hungriest crews People jumping from roofs, shotguns pumping, made it through my youth" nowone does it better (exept makaveli offcorse). altough "smokin" is a dissapointment. same thing like "california love", who was way too pop for two pac. same thing with nas, cause he still makes this wonderfull track like "2nd childhood", "one mic" and the mighty "rule" ofcourse the patriotism isn't wonderfull in it, bud the beat and his lyrics are the best in years, not even nas is like is better. the thing is, everybody got's his style, bud nas is a rapper for everyone, he's the guy that invented this pain,struggle,and emotion. that's wy he is better than de la soul,Nwa,or cypress hill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is one of Nas's best and most commercial albums ever. Got Urself A..., You're Da Man, One Mic, and Rewind demonstrate Nas's continuing ability to raise the level of standards of rap lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the way Nas raps and how he tells about how hard life can be if you make some wrong choices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for all true hip-hop fans!! Its been a while since i heard such stong lyrics. The wait is over people, Nas brings the skills back to rhyming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the hottest hits ever. Keep the music flowing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is is off the chain. If you want to hear a true poet on the Mic, then cop the Nas cd. Nas has always been a true hip-hop lyricist. He took it back to his roots. The very first nas cd, which is a hip-hop classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not really big into Nas but I have to admit I'm feeling him on this one. He made me a believer even though i'm a Jay-Z fan myself, but this boy put it down...You got the crown back Nas, for now...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nas is still off the chain, for real!i've been a nas fan since Live At the BBQ
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is definately the realest thing i ever heard since makaveli. He put it down for all the true hiphop fans out there. The only good thing that jay-z ever did for hiphop is sparking the flame that re-lit the fire in nas.nasty nas for life.