Retro Review: Stillmatic

Truth be told, if it wasn’t for Stillmatic, Nas’ career would probably be over. After being anointed the hip-hop prophet when he released his classic debut album “Illmatic” and the hood acclaimed “It Was Written,” Nasir Jones was found guilty by a jury of his peers of creating and releasing the lackluster “I Am,” and placed on probation only to be sentenced to two years of obscurity after violating it in the form of “Nastradamus.” Continue reading

Retro Review: “Stillmatic”

*RIGO’S NOTE: We’re gonna be doing something on NYILL we’re gonna call Retro Reviews. Basically, when the anniversary of a classic or otherwise dope rap album drops, we’re gonna review said album and speak on how we felt about the album at the time it dropped, how our opinions have changed, how it changed or didn’t change rap, how it influenced other rappers or the culture, etcetera.

First up we got Nas’ Stillmatic, which originally dropped on December 18, 2001. Just a little over two months after the 9/11 attacks, which also coincided with the date Jay-Z dropped The Blueprint. If you gotta ask what Jay-Z’s The Blueprint has to do with Nas’ Stillmatic, well then you were probably in elementary school ten years ago. Continue reading


“I know you just ripped the packaging off your CD
If you like me you reading the credits right now”

–       Jay-Z “Hova Song”

I was like Jay-Z growing up. When I was around 13 or 14 back in ’97 or ’98, I used to ditch school about every other Tuesday or so (not condoning it! Kids – go to school!) walk to my local mall, hit up Sam Goody, and drop $20 for the latest albums at the time. Big Pun’s “Capital Punishment”, DMX’s “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” were among some of the albums that came out that year. Continue reading