(Silver Vinyl) Stillmatic

Nas (Silver Vinyl) Stillmatic

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Few hip-hop artists have achieved the same level of critical acclaim and praise that 90s veteran and Queens native Nasir "Nas" Jones has. Across his over 25-year career he has been ranked as one of the greatest rap performers and lyricists by MTV, The Source, and Complex, among other publications, all while selling over 30 million records worldwide, and releasing eight consecutive platinum albums. In particular, his 1994 debut Illmatic is hailed as a paragon of underground hip-hop, a turning point in East Coast rap's development, and one of the all-time greatest debut albums in general.

Stillmatic would see release on December 18th of 2001, right as Nas was caught in the middle of a highly publicized feud with fellow New York rapper Jay-Z. As such, the record features one of the feud's most intense apexes in the form of its second track "Ether", a ruthless Ron Browz-produced diss track. A response to Jay-Z's own diss "Takeover", "Ether" savaged the Brooklyn-native, accusing him of brown-nosing to get ahead, of plagiarizing earlier rappers such as Notorious B.I.G. and KRS-One, and dismissing his street cred. To this day "Ether" is considered one of the best and most potent diss tracks ever recorded, a major turning point in the Nas/Jay-Z feud, a standout among the already critically acclaimed Stillmatic, and is even credited with boosting Jay-Z's career by proxy.


A1. Stillmatic (The Intro)
A2. Ether
A3. Got Ur Self A…
A4. Smokin'

B1. You're Da Man
B2. Rewind
B3. One Mic
B4. 2nd Childhood

C1. Destroy & Rebuild
C2. The Flyest (feat. AZ)
C3. Braveheart Party (feat. Mary J. Blige & Bravehearts)
C4. Rule (feat. Amerie)

D1. My Country (feat. Millenium Thug)
D2. What Goes Around (feat. Keon Bryce)
D3. Every Ghetto (feat. Blitz)