Review: "Stillmatic" found Nas take a new direction back in December 2001. After previous standout gangsta rap efforts, he swerved into more politically and socially thoughtful realms that took him back to his seminal 1995 debut, "Illmatic". Next to commentaries on American politics and a documentation of his beef with Jay-Z, there are plenty of emotional moments, incisive rhymes and story telling raps that play out over classic hip hop production. In 2019, many of the issues presented in this album persists, as does Nas' reputation as one of the best ever.
Review: First featured on Nas' peerless 1994 album "Illmatic" - a classic that really should be in your collection - "The World Is Yours" is a classic Pete Rock production that has never appeared on a seven-inch single before. Mr Bongo has decided to set the record straight, pairing the album version, which includes some of Nas' most potent lyrics, delivered in fine style as you'd expect, with an instrumental take that showcases Pete Rock's brilliant beat and tight, on-point scratches. It's a deliciously baggy beat all told, with sampled pianos and subtle jazz lifts combining cannily to create a suitably laidback, golden-era groove.