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    Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:25:45

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    Illin! Illmaticin'.

    Nas has announced that his seminal debut album, Illmatic, will be released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX, on April 15. It will be issued by SONY Legacy.

    This exclusive collection will feature several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary.

    Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks.

    "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," Nas said.

    Don't think – just do! That is why it's a classic.

    Track Listing:
    Disc 1: Remastered original album
    1. The Genesis
    2. N.Y. State if 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)

    In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic – a feature-length documentary film that examines the album – will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakersOne9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/producer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas' Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.

    Lots of Nas going down in 2014. We're not complaining. The more Nas, the better.

    Nas - The Genesis

    Are you about to get Illmatic with Nas?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    02.20.14



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