Illmatic Series – The Cult Factor ALBUM Breakdown

Illmatic Series – The Cult Factor ALBUM Breakdown

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (alias Nas, Nasty Nas, Escobar) is a hip hop icon and his acclaimed debut album, Illmatic (1994), is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop projects of all time. Illmatic is one of my favourite examples of top tier musicianship with Nas’ incredible lyrical ability, storytelling, flows and delivery displayed to the masses for the first time as well as elite production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Large Professor and L.E.S.. The album sparked Nas’ legendary rapping prime from 1994 to 1996 which is unmatched to this day marking him as the greatest lyricist of his time.

Illmatic, Nas.

I have effectively used my time in lockdown to collate track by track reviews of one of my favourite albums so here is a collation of all of the posts in my Illmatic full-album breakdown below. Be sure to comment and share!

Illmatic Breakdown, A Thread:

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My overall verdict on the album places it as a 10/10 as per the average of my track ratings.

Nas, 2Pac and Russell Simmons