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April 19, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of undoubtedly one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time: Nas’ Illmatic. Now, Nasir has revealed his plans to honor his seminal debut album.

On April 15th, 4 days before its birthday, Nas will release a double-disc edition titled Illmatic XX, which includes a remastered version of the original album, plus rare remixes, an unreleased song (I’m a Villain) and a never-before-heard freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show from ’93. Illmatic XX is available to pre-order on iTunes now.

Nas will accompany the album by releasing a documentary later this year called Time Is Illmatic. The feature-length film “delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara”.

Nas will also be touring the U.S. and performing Illmatic in its entirety. The tour kicks off this spring with performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Coachella. The full schedule will be announced soon.

Hit continue reading to check out the Illmatic XX tracklist.

Via Miss Info.

Disc 1: Remastered Original Album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. Life’s a Bitch (Feat. AZ)
4. The World Is Yours
5. Halftime
6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
9. Represent
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 (Q-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)

  1. […] The Illmatic XX re-issue package that is due next month will include a second disc full of rarities and previously unreleased material. One of the tracks will be Nas’ 1993 freestyle on Stretch and Bobbito’s show on WKCR with MCs 6’9″ and Grand Wizard. This has of course been available on the internet for years, but its inclusion on Illmatic XX will mark its first commercial release. […]

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