Nas has announced IllmaticXX, a 20th anniversary edition of his 1994 debut album, Illmatic, scheduled to be released April 15.
This anniversary edition is set to include unreleased remixes to the original cuts on the album, along with unreleased versions of “I’m a Villain” and Nas’ appearance on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show On WKCR October 28, 1993.” The anniversary edition of Illmatic also includes the 10 original tracks from the album.
In 2012, Nas spoke about his debut album and how he feels about it.
“It’s nine songs on there,” he said at the time. “The intro makes it ten but it’s only nine songs. I think it’s a perfect record. It’s a perfect record. I couldn’t say that before, but there are so many different dynamics to it.”
To read about how Nas wrote Illmatic’s “Halftime” and “One Love,” click here.
The album is available for pre-orders via iTunes. The cover art, according to iTunes, can be found below followed by the cover art that Nas published on his Facebook page.
The tracklisting can be found below.
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)
(February 4, 2014)
UPDATE: Selections from Nas’ lllmatic and tracks from his Illmatic XX, which earned a 3/5 in its HipHopDX review, are available to stream below.