Nas’ universally lauded classic Illmatic is inching closer and closer to hitting its 20th year, and as an early birthday gift to us, a remix of the AZ collaboration “Life’s A Bitch” is available for playback.
Premiering on SPIN, the Def Jef- and Meach Wells-produced track appears on Illmatic XX, a remastered, repackaged version of Nas’ maiden masterpiece that adds rare and previously unreleased demo tracks on a bonus disc. The collection is slated to drop April 15 via SONY Legacy, but in the meantime, you can preorder the release on iTunes.
How does “Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)” stack up to the original? You never know… unless you press play, below.
Illmatic XX track list:
Disc 1: Remastered original album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State Of Mind
3. Life’s A Bitch
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 (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)