Listen To Pete Rock’s ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Mixtape

NasI feel like we’ve been celebrating the anniversary of Nas‘ classic debut album Illmatic more than any hip-hop release all year. It’s certainly well-deserved for a landmark album after 20 years. However, it does speak to how uninteresting it’s been in terms of hip-hop albums this year, outside of Freddie Gibbs’ Pinata, Run The Jewels 2, and a few others. Hopefully the remaining fourth quarter releases provide some better albums before the year is up.

Nas recently debuted his Nas: Time is Illmatic documentary which is now available for purchase on iTunes. To commemorate that, Pete Rock has put together a ‘Time Is Illmatic’ mixtape inspired by the documentary and classic album he contributed to. I still think Pete Rock has the best produced song on lllmatic with “The World Is Yours”, but we all have our favorites on that album.

You can stream Pete Rock’s ‘Time Is Illmatic’ mixtape below:

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  1. […] it’s because I’m completely out of the loop, but I had no idea Pete Rock was dropping a collection of previously unreleased instrumentals on Record Store Day. Not only […]

  2. I have big hopes for DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9’s PRhyme album. The new Black Milk record is a bit disappointing to me because it doesn’t seem as cohesive/conceptual/theme-driven as his last album, No Poison No Paradise. However, there’s one song on his new album called All Mighty, which is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year….

  3. I think the problem with Run The Jewels is their uptempo songs are way better than their slower songs, and they have more slow songs than fast. I’ll say the top 5 albums/EPs/mixtapes that I’ve heard this year are (in no particular order):

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib = (Cocaine) Piñata
    Aesop Rock = The BLOB (yall forgot or slept on this)
    Flying Lotus = You’re Dead!
    Jeremiah Jae = Good Times
    Vince Staples = Hell Can Wait

  4. Agreed. Even of the albums I mentioned above, Cocaine Piñata is the only one I’ve continued to listen to on a regular basis (i.e., daily!) a couple months after its release…

  5. Open Mike Eagle put out a good record. But in year where we got albums from; Dilated Peoples, The Roots, Common, Monch & SchoolBoy Q, I just feel like none of those have had any real staying power. RTJ2 is funky and here’s hoping Black Milk’s latest is good.

  6. I agree there have definitely been some underwhelming releases so far (from Oddisee, the Underachievers, Earl, etc.), but also some dope ones. Cocaine Piñata, as you mention, but also Statik Selektah’s “What Goes Around” (surprisingly good for the eclectic emcees featured), Has-Lo and Castle’s “Live Like You’re Dead,” Anti-Lilly & Phoniks’ “Stories from the Brass Section,” and Sub Luna City’s “City Rivims Mk 1” all come to mind. Fingers crossed for B4DA$$…

  7. I’ll give you RTJ2 but that just dropped last week.

  8. how uninteresting, it’s been in terms of hip-hop albums this year, outside of Freddie Gibbs Pinata.


    The Water[s] and RTJ2 are uninteresting hip-hop albums?

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