Happy 25th anniversary to one of the greatest Hip Hop records ever. Nas debut album was released in April 1994 and marked a highlight of the golden Era of Hip Hop music. At this time the riots between Eastcoast and Westcoast rappers where growing bigger every day. But I got into Hip Hop during this time and Illmatic was maybe the first real Rap record I own myself.
Starting with that iconic intro Genesis hearing the typical sound of the New York City subway, following the love hymn to his hometown N. Y. State of Mine. Life's i bitch goes out to all the people with issues in their lifes, followed by the good mood song The World is Yours and perfect finish for Side A with the tune Halftime.
Side B starts with the banger Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park) to that song I smoked weed for the first time. After that One Love opens with that phat beat and the message that love is the answer for everything. One Time 4 your mind is such a laid back song with this chillin' guitar samples. Represent is yelled by Nas and wanted to say that you must have your own opinion and represent it, doesn't matter what other people think. The last track is It ain't hard to tell. That classic Hip Hop tune with one of the smoothest beats and that kickass sax samples. I hope to grab an original soon. Peace and love my friends. ✌🏼❤️