Nas’ 20th Anniversary Edition Of Illmatic, Includes Rare Q-Tip Remix, Freestyles & More

In April of 2014, one of Hip-Hop’s true classics turns 20 years old. Nas’ 1994 debut Illmatic will blow out its candles in style, as the Columbia/Ruffhouse Records release gets an expanded edition, confirmed today via iTunes, courtesy of 2DopeBoyz.

Like the 10th anniversary version (which felt like it came out yesterday), fans will be treated to some rarities, in the way of remixes, freestyles, and unreleased material from the sessions that shaped Hip-Hop’s banner ’94 year. Additionally, fans will get the full, completely remastered original album too, in this double-disc look.


Included in the tracklisting are a “World Is Yours” remix, care of Q-Tip (who famously laced “One Love”). Also included is Large Professor’s alternate remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” with the Biz Markie vocal chop that would later reappear in the chorus of “Nas Is Like.” Remixes also appear from Brand Nubian extended family LG, Kool G Rap/Akinyele affiliate Dr. Butcher, and a late ’93 freestyle that made Nas a legend of NYC radio, and dubbed cassettes everywhere. If you didn’t have the vinyl singles, this is the official introduction of many of these to CD.

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)

Here’s the Abstract flip:

Columbia is calling it Illmatic XX. Pre-order.

With the 10th anniversary joint, the Lost Tapes project, this, and a host of mixtapes, short of 2Pac, is any Rap artist’s unreleased catalog as celebrated as Nasir Jones?

Related: Nas – More Than I Can Say ft Keyshia Cole. This isn’t new but it is previously unreleased. (Audio)