Columbia publish Nas debut album : ‘Illmatic’ (1994)

Nas ‘Illmatic’ is his debut studio album released on April 19, 1994 by Columbia Records

Track Listing : 1.The Genesis (Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, F. Braithwaite) – 01:45 . [Samples : Live At The Barbeque By Main Source; Subway Theme By Dj Grand Wizard Theodore; Train Sequence By Geoffrey Sumner] . 2.N.Y. State Of Mind (Nasir Jones, C.F. Martin) – 04:53 . [Samples : N.T. By Kool & The Gang, Flight Time By Donald Byrd, Mind Rain By Joe Chambers, Mahogany By Eric B. & Rakim, Live At The Barbeque By Main Source] . 3.Life’S A Bitch (Nasir Jones, A. Cruz, Olu Dara, Ronnie Wilson, Oliver Scott) – 03:30 . [Samples : Yearning For Your Love By The Gap Band] . 4.The World Is Yours (Nasir Jones, Pete Rock) – 04:50 . [Samples : I Love Music By Ahmad Jamal, It’S Yours By T La Rock] . 5.Halftime (Nasir Jones, William Paul Mitchell, Gary Byrd) – 04:20 . [Samples : Dead End From The Hair Japanese Cast Original Soundtrack, School Boy Crush By Average White Band, Soul Travelin’ By Gary Byrd] . 6.Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park) (Nasir Jones, C. Martin, Reuben Wilson, P. Barsella) – 04:08 . [Samples : We’Re In Love By Reuben Wilson, Get Out Of My Life, Woman By Allen Toussaint, Pickin’ Boogers By Biz Markie, Droppin’ Science By Craig G] . 7.One Love (Nasir Jones, Jonathan Davis, Jimmy Heath) – 05:25 . [Samples : Come In Out Of The Rain By Parliament, Smilin’ Billy Suite Pt. Ii By The Heath Brothers] . 8.One Time 4 Your Mind (Nasir Jones, Gary Byrd) – 03:18 . [Samples : Walter L By Gary Burton] . 9.Represent (Nasir Jones, C. Martin) – 04:12 . [Samples : The Thief Of Bagdad By Lee Erwin, I Didn’T Come Rhythm By George Clinton] . 10.It Ain’T Hard To Tell (Nasir Jones, Gary Byrd) – 03:22 . [Samples : Human Nature By Michael Jackson, Slow Dance By Stanley Clarke, Long Red By Mountain, N.T. By Kool & The Gang]

Musicians : Nas – Vocals, Co-Producer . Az – Vocals On (3) . Olu Dara – Trumpet . Q-Tip – Vocals . Pete Rock – Vocals

Production : Produced By Dj Premier, Large Professor, L.E.S., Pete Rock, Q-Tip Diego Garrido – Engineer, Mixing . Tim The Funky Red Lathem – Engineer . Anton Sample This Pushansky – Engineer . Kevin Reynolds – Engineer . Eddie Sancho – Engineer . Jamey Staub – Engineer . Louis Tineo – Assistant Engineer . Jason Vogel – Engineer . Stan Wallace – Engineer . Tony Dawsey – Mastering

Package : Aimee Macauley – Art Director . Danny Clinch – Photography

Recorded 1992–1993 At Battery Studios, Unique Studios, Chung King Studios, D&D Recording; New York City.

Released On April 19, 1994 By Columbia.

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Pitchfork
This sounds insane in hindsight. When people start making greatest rapper lists you can’t count to five before Nas‘ name is mentioned. The kid who went to hell for snuffing Jesus has become a sacred cow. Twenty years deep, he’s nominated for a Grammy and is in Gap ads with his dad. […]

Billboard
Nas: ‘I Don’t Listen to ‘Illmatic” [Def Jam executive/hip-hop producer] No I.D. told me I was the first one to have multiple big producers on one record. He jokes and says I f–ed up rap because before that it was all in-house, one producer, two guys who did the whole album. […]

BBC
Never does Nas hold back lyrically – these tracks are deconstructions of the surrounding environment, assessments of his situation and maps towards the way out. […]

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