Nas "Illmatic XX" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklist & Stream

posted Monday April 14 ,2014 at 02:32PM CDT | 80 comments


UPDATE: Nas releases stream for "IllmaticXX," a 20th anniversary edition of his debut album.

Nas has announced IllmaticXX, a 20th anniversary edition of his 1994 debut album, Illmatic, scheduled to be released April 15.

This anniversary edition is set to include unreleased remixes to the original cuts on the album, along with unreleased versions of "I'm a Villain" and Nas' appearance on "The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show On WKCR October 28, 1993." The anniversary edition of Illmatic also includes the 10 original tracks from the album. 

In 2012, Nas spoke about his debut album and how he feels about it. 

"It's nine songs on there," he said at the time. "The intro makes it ten but it's only nine songs. I think it's a perfect record. It's a perfect record. I couldn't say that before, but there are so many different dynamics to it." 

To read about how Nas wrote Illmatic's "Halftime" and "One Love," click here

The album is available for pre-orders via iTunes. The cover art, according to iTunes, can be found below followed by the cover art that Nas published on his Facebook page. 

The tracklisting can be found below.  

1. "I’m A Villain" (Unreleased)
2. "The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993" (Unreleased Freestyle)
3. "Halftime" (Butcher Remix)
4. "It Ain’t Hard To Tell" (Remix)
5. "One Love" (LG Main Mix)
6. "Life’s A Bitch" (Arsenal Mix)
7. "One Love" (One L Main Mix)
8. "The World Is Yours" (Tip Mix)
9. "It Ain’t Hard To Tell" (The Stink Mix)
10. "It Ain’t Hard To Tell" (The Laidback Remix)

(February 4, 2014)

UPDATE: Selections from Nas' lllmatic and tracks from his Illmatic XX, which earned a 3/5 in its HipHopDX review, are available to stream below. 

RELATED: Nas Says "Illmatic" Was "Perfect" & That "Life Is Good" Is "Excellence"

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  • Young Anonymous
    Illmatic is one of my favorite Hip-Hop albums and is a real classic.In 10's still dope,still classic, and still REAL
  • Anonymous
    How many times is this broke has been going to re-release this? Enough already.
    • Anonymous
      pathetic you are
  • Doubl Negative
    One Time 4 Your Mind is the only blemish on this record. It's an OK song, but way too incongruous next to the other eight bonafide classics.
    • TRE
      One Time 4 Your Mind has always been one of my favorites on that just because of that flow and beat go together so perfectly
  • Anonymous
    Not even his best album. Get off the band wagon bitches. It was Written is by far his best album
    • ^
    • Anonymous
      might not be his best (crafted wise) but it IS his rawest album and one of hip hops rawest albums ever to be created
  • Anonymous
    We need an It was Written remix album. Its almost 20 years when that album dropped. Besides its better then Illmatic to people who isn't old as shit.
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  • RealRap360
    Amazingly great music!
  • Anonymous
    FINALLY the Q-Tip remix of The World is Yours is available. Such a dope track.
    • Anonymous
      check that tracklist again, i dont see it listed, but that remix goes hard
  • Anonymous
    Damn 20 years and im still bumpin this shit... true classic
  • Fkr
    The 2 bonus tracks off the 10 year edition were really dope. Dont see many ppl coppin this tho imo mmlp and aeom and rtd> illmatic for classics
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  • kennyken
    man I hope qtip and alchemist and dr dre produce some songs on that junt!!!
  • Anonymous
    I have heard all of this shit over and over again. He should release songs that didn't make the original album or make a new Illmatic coming out raw with the same producera
    • Anonymous
      maybe its not for you then and for the young kids
  • Anonymous
    classic album one of the best raw hip hop piece
  • Anonymous
    nas is biting Green Day's album covers look that shit up lol
  • Anonymous
    Can't wait for this, NAS!!!
  • sheeit
    i can't believe it's already been 10 years since i copped the 10 Year Anniversary Illmatic Platinum Series... where the fuck did the time go????
  • truthman2014
    Nasqueer jones is a old ugly homosexual lame. Nobody cares about boring ass illmatic from this faggot. Guarantee this wont even sell 50k. His fanbase is all delusional bi curious internet dweebs who watch gay porn while they listen to his wack flows and annoying voice. Fuck nas.Only good thing about illmatic was some of the production like Pete Rock and Qtip. No one want to here this QB fag rhyme.
    • Anonymous
      damn you mad as hell... LMAO!!!! Crabs in the bucket always hate on their own.
    • Bambino
      Go back to listening to Eminem and Bronson lil boy. Nas is a legend, you should be grateful to live on the same planet he's on, bitch.
  • justin case
    Buncha old stuff most of us have heard before, but will still be better than almost anything new dropping this year.
  • Anonymus
    Now those are remixes, the beats are different and sometimes the lyrics. Not 10+ niggas on the same damn track.
  • NA
    Most of these if not all, can be grabbed straight of YouTube
    • Anonymous
      yeah i love playing youtube songs in my car
    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous
      Spoken like the bum ass n*gga you are... The album will cost about $12. Get off the computer and go get some money. SMH!
    lol the funny thing is...if you were actually ALIVE when he dropped illmatic...and you were/are a REAL fan...and you copped ALL Of his 12" back then...then you got all of these remixes already, especially the 1 love remixes...there were like 6 diff joints! They should have dropped joints like life is like a dice game, #1 with a bullet, de ja vue, nas will prevail and all the other bangers from the illmatic sessions...that woulda been dope...
    • Anonymous
      "if you were actually ALIVE when he dropped illmatic...and you were/are a REAL fan...and you copped ALL Of his 12" back then...then you got all of these remixes already," you know, unless you sold your crates of records 10 years ago
    • anonymus
      You still heard them already 12 inches or not.
    • thugspoet
      "if you were actually ALIVE when he dropped illmatic...and you were/are a REAL fan you would know deja vu(not de ja vue) was recorded in 95 and intended for his sophomore album
  • YES
    This shit is gonna be fire, good lookin Esco