Nas celebrates 20th anniversary of 'Illmatic' with reissue, live shows and film

The seminal rap album was released in 1994

Nas celebrates 20th anniversary of 'Illmatic' with reissue, live shows and film

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Nas is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal 1994 album 'Illmatic' by reissuing the record as 'Illmatic XX', which will include a bonus disc of rarities and remixes.

He will also play the album in full at a run of US shows in the spring, including performances at both weekends of California's Coachella Festival in April. In addition, a film about the making of the album will be released this year, called Time Is Illmatic. Scroll down for the tracklisting of the reissue, via Pitchfork. The album comes out on April 15.

The 'Illmatic XX' tracklisting is:

Disc One:
'The Genesis'
'NY State Of Mind'
'Life's A Bitch'
'The World Is Yours'
'Halftime'
'Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)'
'One Love'
'One Time 4 Your Mind'
'Represent'
'It Ain't Hard To Tell'

Disc Two:
'I'm a Villain' (previously unreleased)
The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
'Halftime' (Butcher Remix)
'It Ain't Hard To Tell' (Remix) (promo single)
'One Love' (LG Main Mix)
'Life's A Bitch' (Arsenal Mix) (promo single)
'One Love' (One L Main Mix)
'The World Is Yours' (Tip Mix)
'It Ain't Hard To Tell' (The Stink Mix) (UK single)
'It Ain't Hard To Tell' (The Laidback Remix) (UK single)

Last year Nas was named the best rapper of all time in a poll voted for by NME.COM readers. Nasir Jones – known to the 25 million people who have bought his albums worldwide to date as simply Nas – broke new ground for rap in 1994 with 'Illmatic', a coming-of-age sprint through the sights and sorrows of his native Brooklyn. 2012's 'Life Is Good', as its title suggests, saw him mellow without losing any of his lyrical fire.

The rappers in the Top 10 also included Notorious BIG, Big Pun, Roots Manuva, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mos Def. To see a full run down of the 30 rappers included in the poll, including Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac and KRS-One, check out Greatest Rappers Ever - Voted For By You.

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