News: Nas All “Illmatic” Everything Coming In Honor Of 20th Anniversary

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During a recent interview Nas revealed that he hardly even listens to Illmatic anymore. That’s definitely going to change because it’s been announced that he will perform the album in its entirety at the upcoming Coachella music festival on April 20th. April marks the 20th anniversary of the album and in addition to the Coachella show, Nas will be heading on an anniversary tour and releasing a digitally mastered version of the original with 10 unreleased and remixed tracks via Illmatic XX. It will be released on April 15th.

He said in a statement,

“With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue.’ I’m here today because of Illmatic.”

The documentary with be named Time Is Illmatic. The film will document the making of Illmatic, the social conditions that created it and the influence that Nas’ dad Olu Dara had on him musically. The doc will be released sometime this year. Nas fans (like me) are ecstatic!!!


Disc 1: Remastered Original Album

1. “The Genesis”

2. “N.Y. State of Mind”

3. “Life’s a Bitch”

4. “The World Is Yours”
5. “Halftime”

6. “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)”

7. “One Love”

8. “One Time 4 Your Mind”

9. “Represent”

10. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”

Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio

1. “I’m a Villain” (previously unreleased)

2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)

3. “Halftime (Butcher Remix)”

4. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)” (promo single)
5. “One Love (LG Main Mix)”

6. “Life’s a Bitch (Arsenal Mix)” (promo single)

7. “One Love (One L Main Mix)”

8. “The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)”

9. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (The Stink Mix)” (UK single)

10. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (The Laidback Remix)” (UK single)



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