Stillmatic is the fifth studio album by American rapper Nas, released on December 18, 2001 by ill will and columbia records. In contrast to his previous work’s thug rap themes, the album contains socially conscious and philosophical themes similar to that of his 1994 debut illmatic. Nas’ lyrics address topics such as ghetto life, American domestic and foreign policies, and his beef with Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z. Stillmatic was a commercial and critical success and helped re-establish Nas’ career, following a period of critical disappointment with his previous albums Iam and Nastradam (both released in 1999).

It debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard chart and sold over 342,600 in its first week of sales, eventually going on to sell over 2,026,000 copies in the United States. Stillmatic received generally positive reviews from critics.

Today marks exactly 17years when it was released. Happy birthday to Stillmatic.

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