Nas Explains How He Would Make "Illmatic 2"

posted Wednesday January 29 ,2014 at 05:20PM CST | 100 comments

Nas Explains How He Would Make

Nas discusses what it would take for him to record "Illmatic 2."

Nas’ Illmatic is one of the most acclaimed albums in Rap history. The Queensbridge rapper said that he’s considered making Illmatic 2.

“[I] thought about it before,” Nas says during an interview with VIBE Magazine. "I definitely thought about that, but it has to flow. It has to be natural. I can work on that and then if I don’t like it, I’ma scrap it. I have to feel it, man. It got to be honest.”

Released in 1994, Illmatic featured the songs “One Love” and “Halftime.” During a 2012 interview, he said that the former was inspired by the letters he wrote to his incarcerated friend, something he reimagines on the song.

“When I was writing that record I had a friend who was in jail and the way he ended the letter I would be like ‘sincerely’ [or] whatever,” Nas said at the time. "[Instead] it was ‘one love.’ People were saying, 'One love’ everywhere so it was, ‘One love’ just felt strong. And I wrote the song as letters to friends of mine that were locked up…Q-Tip produced it and Q-Tip is so talented and I’m such a big fan of A Tribe Called Quest and all they albums that I felt like he brought such a jazz, but yet another vibe to the whole meaning of a hardcore song. Yes, it was written letters to guys in jail but the vibe of [the] music was just real smooth.”

In 2001, Nas released Stillmatic, which was deemed an unofficial follow-up to Illmatic.

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  • Anonymous
    Raekwon was hungry though OBCL2 was a great follow up to his classic debut and nas has to be the same way
  • Anonymous
    The new album is called Brokematic.
  • el_0
    he could, long as he realizes he set the bar high for everybody, including himself. illmatic is still front to back listenable no skips, meaning every track on any kind of follow up has to be extra undoubtably tight. might take few years.
    • Anonymous
      If you aren't a Nas fan you'd skip every song on Illmatic. It was good for its time, but it's dated by now. Nas should focus on fresh ideas. Not gimmicks that won't work anyway.
    • Big Bang
      Its dated now but somehow 20 years later it seems to always be the topic of best hip hop album of all time. Sure let you nerds tell it. Well I personally still bump that album tho I always thought It Was Written was a better album. But this nerd is correct Illmatic is so outdated, they only talk about it every other day on every hip hop site. Get rid of the nerds from this site its flooded with Geeks.
  • Anonymous
    Coming soon from Nas and Def Jam, Crapmatic, 16 horrific songs featuring horrible beats, and boring lyrics.
    • forreals?
      are you implying Illmatic has horrible verses and beats? if you are you need a lobotomy or to stick to garbage ass youngmoney and mmg type shit.
    • pewpew
      one good album in how
    • notimortant
      "They thought I'd make another Illmatic, but it's always forward I'm movin,never backwards stupid. here's another classic" Stillmatic was never intended as a "sequel" to Illmatic. and for those trying to shit on Stillmatic your tastes in music is trash.
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  • J Dirty
    Dr Dre's Chronic 2001 was a pretty bad ass sequel...They dont make good shit like that anymore tho.
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  • Anonymous
    Leave it alone!
  • Anonymous
    he cant make it unless cormega and khadafi write it.
  • Anonymous
    * help write it
  • Anonymous
    I don't think Nas should release a sequel to Illmatic. There haven't been too many good sequels to classic rap albums. Raekwon was the only one to put a decent one out.
    • LF
      I thought Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor was a decent follow up.
    • guest
      LF: yeah but I think they mean albums that were out for awhile like only built for cuban links can out in 96 and MMLP in 2000. I guess F&L was out for 6 years before the second one never mind lol
  • FiyahMuzik
    Wasn't Illmatic 2 technically Stillmatic?
    • Anonymous
      i was thinking the same thing
  • click
    Same mistake eminem made with MMLP2,, MMLP1 was 2 classic to have a follow up.personally i only like few songs from MMLP1
    • Chris Etrata
      That monster song should never have been on mmlp2.
  • L.Swift
    Don't touch it Nas!
  • blitzlegga
    there is no greater fan of Nas than me, and even I don't want to see an Illmatic 2. The problem with these niggaz trying to recreate their classics comes down to one thing, they can't recreate the hunger that they had at that time. when you starvin, you make music from your soul and for the love. when you fat and rich, you make music for money. I blame Rae with Cubin Links 2. He started all this shit by making another classic album. now every nigga think they can do the same....
    • Anonymous
      I'd buy it if Nas used all the same classic producers who did tracks for that album. Maybe a couple of the new guys too, just the ones with that early 90's sound tho
    • Anonymous
      Do it the same, 10 tracks and 1 feature, just make the feature Elzhi over an unheard or unused Dilla track, couple Premo tracks, Pete Rock, Large Pro, Kanye (if he'll do a "Get By" by Talib type beat), Q-Tip, Madlib, 9th Wonder or Khrysis, and maaaaybe a Just Blaze track. Tell me you wouldn't buy that regardless of what he named it.
    • _AA
      co-sign. you fuckin right the most rappers are only hungry on there first of second album and then its over.
    • Anonymous
      That's a BS criticism. Hunger isn't created, it exists because the person want's success. Once you are successful you ain't hungry no more 'cause you were fed what you were hungry for. Best you can hope for is that the artist wants to be the best and stays motivated. Nas can't credibly write lyrics about him being in the struggle cause he ain't struggling, everyone would call his BS.
    • JustSayin
      Hunger can indeed be created or self-generated. For example Tom Brady has maintained his hunger/anger (you know keeping that chip on his shoulder) by not forgetting his harsh road to greatness, which is why Brady has continued to get better. And the reason why Nas' Life is Good LP is great is because Nas reflected on his harsh road to greatness on that album which brought back Nasty Nas.
  • Anonymous
    Is he capable of doing this without tarnishing the legacy of ill-matic? The point would be to bring a certain vibe back to the game and perhaps refresh a sound for these young cats who are wrapped up on billboard and don't really study the history on the culture of hip hop.
    If Nas did Illmatic 2 would it be better then MMLP2?? Also fuck Young Money as a staff record label and as a motherfuckin' crew, and if you want to be down with Young Money then fuck you too your the reason hip hop is in the state that its in !!
      Nas have made songs with Lil Wayne
    • Anonymous
      ok fuckin 2pac stan smh
  • Anonymous
    There are 3 albums that never should have a sequel to it. Nas illmatic, wu tangs 36 chambers and snoops doggystyle. They are the 3 best albums of all time alongside biggies ready to die and dr dre's the chronic album. But in saying all that. I want snoop to make a similar sounding album to doggystyle just like I want Nas and wu tang to make similar sounding albums to there debut records. But just don't call them sequels. Nas can however and should make a sequel to it was written.
    • anonymous
      Isn't Stillmatic already a sequel to Illmatic?
  • Anonymous
    Fuck sequels. Its just a marketing stunt to sell albums. And if he is making another illmatic he should work with: - drake - big sean - meek mill The best rappers at this moment.
    • EyezOvTheTigah
      Nigga shut the fuck up. Zhey ain't even real rappers. If they'd started recorded this shit in 90s they would've been killed in a minute. Nas should work with real hip-hop head like DJ Premier, AZ etc. Fuck this today's crap music. We ain't need that
    • Anonymous
      lol that nigga said Drake, Big Sean & Meek Mill. He must be on Bath Salt or somethin
  • JuFu
    If he feels that he can make a sequel to Illmatic, then I say go for it. A lot of rappers/MC's are making sequels from their successful LP's lately. Although it might not be as successful as his debut, I can guarantee it will be a solid album, especially if it's coming from Nas. To those who say Stillmatic was the sequel to Illmatic, I'm sorry but you are wrong. The title, Stillmatic, was a statement. He was re-establishing his credibility and went back to his Illmatic days. A lot of people at that time were losing interest in Nas because of his change of theme. That's why Jay-Z said what he said in Takeover and the rest is history which most of you should all know.