As VIBE Impact Awards Honoree Nasir Jones prepares for the upcoming 20th anniversary of his legendary album Illmatic on April 19, 2014, the rap icon revealed his plans to commemorate his debut release with a special re-release.
"#IllmaticXX - TIME FLY's. Never thought i'd be making music this long. Appreciate the fans and the love. 2014 is the year of Illmatic XX. Album rerelease 4/15/2014! 20 years! WOW!," he wrote on Instagram.
Illmatic XX will be a double-disc edition, containing a remastered version of the original LP plus exclusive remixes of the tracks, an unreleased track "I’m A Villain" and a never-before-heard freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show circa ’93.
In addition to Illmatic XX, Nas also plans to drop a documentary later this year Time Is Illmatic, which details the makings of the great album, “the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.” He also has a nationwide tour in the works performing Illmatic as a whole, kicking off this Spring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Coachella Festival.
Stay tuned for the full tour schedule and pre-order Illmatic XX now. You can also put an ear to the "It Ain't Hard To Tell (Stink Remix)" exclusively streaming on RapGenius and check out the full tracklist below.
Disc 1: Remastered Original Album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. Life’s a Bitch (Feat. AZ)
4. The World Is Yours
6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
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 (Q-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)