>>61570348 i'm conflicted about it because on the one hand One Love and It Ain't Hard are the only two really interesting songs on the album, but on the other hand, I've never heard anybody rap as well as Nas does on that joint
Dude saying this album is overrated is literally a meme. If no one knew about this album and it suddenly dropped everyone would lost their shit (oh wait that's what fucking happened and that's why it's still considered the GOAT by any one who isn't an edgy hipster who visits /mu/).
>>61574344 N.Y. State of Mind is an introduction to gritty mid-90s New York Life's a Bitch is self explanatory; offers some optimism The World Is Yours is an inspirational track about going above and beyond what the hood expects Halftime is, admittedly, not about much but it was recorded before the real album sessions Memory Lane is a more nostalgic take on the "show you around New York" idea One Love is a series of narratives about people in/getting out of jail One Time 4 Your Mind is just Nas chillin Represent, admittedly another song about the hood but its badass It Ain't Hard to Tell is purely a brag track
Sure some songs have similar topics but "talk about nothing" and "all the songs sound the same" makes no sense as a knock on this album. Also just try to pretend Life's a Bitch and Represent sound similar at all
>>61574497 >is an introduction to gritty mid-90s New York lol >self explanatory; offers some optimism the theme of the track is what people call pessimism, the opposite of optimism
>an inspirational track about going above and beyond what the hood expects generic theme
>is, admittedly, not about much but it was recorded before the real album sessions >is a more nostalgic take on the "show you around New York" idea >is just Nas chillin >admittedly another song about the hood but its badass >is purely a brag track lol
>Also just try to pretend Life's a Bitch and Represent sound similar at all life's a bitch stands out from the album because of az's affected hook, in contrast to nas' repetitive rhyming
Well-trodden themes sure, but Illmatic was one of the first albums to explore them with such a meticulous level of wordplay and internal rhyme. And regardless of your repeated >lols most of the tracks are still about different topics
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