Nas ‘Illmatic’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape

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Blurb from WhoSampled:

“April 19th 1994 saw the release of one of what would go on to be recognised as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time,¬†Nas’s seminal debut, ‘Illmatic’. Following much talked about appearances on¬†Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbecue’,¬†MC Serch’s ‘Back to the Grill’, and the release of the now classic soundtrack cut ‘Halftime’, Illmatic delivered on the hype with a compact 10 track offering helmed by the cream of Mid 90s Hip Hop production talent:¬†DJ Premier,¬†Pete Rock,¬†Q-Tip¬†and¬†L.E.S.. Pairing crisp head nod drums with an eclectic palate of Jazz, Funk and Soul samples, the all star line up of producers prepared a musical backdrop over which Nas delivers a no holds barred guided tour of life growing up in New York’s Queensbridge projects. Sampled cuts range from the timeless Jazz of¬†Ahmad Jamal¬†and Jazz Funk of¬†Donald Byrd¬†to the Pop of¬†Michael Jackson¬†via well sampled staples by the likes of¬†Kool & the Gang.

In celebration of the album’s 25th year, we’ve partnered once again with¬†Wax Poetics Magazine¬†to present an exclusive mix of album cuts, remixes, interview snippets and of course tracks sampled in the album’s making mixed by¬†Chris Read.”

Listen below:


1. Introduction to the movie Wild Style (sampled in ‘Genesis’)
2. Chris Read РTheme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Jimmy Gordon & His Jazzpops Band – Walter L (sampled in ‘One Time 4 Your Mind’)
4. Nas –¬†One Time 4 Your Mind
5. Donald Byrd – Flight Time (sampled in ‘NY State of Mind’)
6. Joe Chambers – Mind Rain (sampled in ‘NY State of Mind’)
7. DJ Premier ‘Off the Record’ Interview
8. Kool & The Gang – N.T [Loop] (sampled in ‘NY State of Mind’)
9. Nas –¬†NY State of Mind
10. Eric B & Rakim – Mahogany [Extract] (sampled in ‘NY State of Mind’)
11. Ahmad Jamal Trio – I Love Music (sampled in ‘The World is Yours’)
12. T La Rock and Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours [Extract] (sampled in ‘The World is Yours’)
13. Nas –¬†The World is Yours
14. Nas –¬†The World is Yours (Tip Mix)
15. Kool & The Gang – N.T (sampled in ‘The World is Yours (Tip Mix)’)
16. Reuben Wilson – We’re in Love (sampled in ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ In The Park))
17. Biz Markie – Pickin’ Boogers [Extract] (sampled in ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ In The Park))
18. Marley Marl feat Craig G – Droppin’ Science [Extract] (sampled in ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ In The Park))
19. Nas –¬†Memory Lane (Sittin’ In The Park)
20. Clyde McPhetter – Mixed up Cup [Loop] (sampled in ‘One Love (One L Remix)‘)
21. The Gap Band – Yearning for Your Love (sampled in ‘Life’s a Bitch’)
22. Nas feat AZ & Olu Dara –¬†Life’s a Bitch
23. Stanley Clarke – Slow Dance (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’)
24. Michael Jackson – Human Nature (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’)
25. Mountain – Long Red [Extract] (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’)
26. Extract from movie Time is Illmatic
27. Nas –¬†It Ain’t Hard to Tell
28. Kool & The Gang – N.T [Extract] (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’)
29. The Bue Jays – What Do You Want From Me Woman? (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)’)
30 . Biz Markie feat TJ Swan – Nobody Beats the Biz [Extract] (sampled in ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)’)
31. Nas –¬†It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)
32. Heath Bros – Smilin Billie Suite Pt II (sampled in ‘One Love’)
33. Nas feat Q-Tip –¬†One Love
34. Nas feat Sadat X –¬†One Love (One L Remix)
35. Nas feat Q-Tip –¬†One Love (LG Remix)
36. Lee Erwin – Theif of Bagdad (sampled in ‘Represent’)
37. Nas –¬†Represent
38. Japanese Hair Cast – Dead End (sampled in ‘Halftime’)
39. Average White Band – School Boy Crush [Loop] (sampled in ‘Halftime’)
40. Gary Byrd – Soul Travelin’ Pt. 1 [Extract] (sampled in ‘Halftime’)
41. Nas –¬†Halftime