Friday, November 16, 2007

Nas - Stillmatic [The Samples]

Back by popular demand....... again!

The fans rejoiced when I dropped The Blueprint's sample compilation, but here at Hip-Hop Is Read, I like to keep things Fair & Balanced (© Bill O'LIElly... LOL). What kind of a person would I be if I didn't balance things out and release Stillmatic [The Samples]?

If you weren't living in a cave throughout 2001 (and 02, 03, 04 for that matter...) you'd know all about the battle of the East: Jay-Z vs. Nas. In my personal opinion, I feel that Stillmatic earned it's 5 Mics in The Source simply to counter Jay's own 5 Mic award, and hype up the 2001 "beef". That's just me... In my book, Blueprint > Stillmatic, BUT they're both great albums nonetheless!

Though not as sample-heavy as Jigga's Blueprint, Stillmatic was peppered with a somewhat wider array of aural textures, ranging from the porcelain lilts of Stacy Lattisaw, to the shouts and hollers of 2Pac at his most virulent and raunchy moments. From the folksy, rural resonance of Rodriguez, to the hard-knocking kicks of Scott La Rock's production with KRS-One's bombastic lyrics from the Bronx (the South, South Bronx... ;-P).

Anyways, without further ado, it's my honor to present to you the full set of samples used on Nas' 2001 album, Stillmatic.


01. 'Let Me Be Your Angel' by Stacy Lattisaw
• Sampled for 'Stillmatic (Intro)' by Nas
• Produced by Hangmen 3
02. 'Fuck Friendz' by 2Pac
• Used for 'Ether' by Nas
• Produced by Ron Browz
03. 'Woke Up This Morning' by Alabama 3
• Used for 'Got Ur Self A...' by Nas
• Produced by Megahertz Music Group
04. 'Sugar Man' by Rodriguez
• Used for 'You're Da Man' by Nas
• Produced by Large Professor
05. 'It's Yours' by T La Rock
• Used for 'Rewind' by Nas
• Produced by Large Professor
06. 'I'm Not Rough' by J. Geils Band
• Used for 'Rewind' by Nas
• Produced by Large Professor
07. 'In the Air Tonight' by Phil Collins
• Used for 'One Mic' by Nas
• Produced by Nas & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
08. 'Born to Love' by Peabo Bryson
• Used for '2nd Childhood' by Nas
• Produced by DJ Premier
09. 'The Bridge Is Over' by Boogie Down Productions
• Used for 'Destroy and Rebuild' by Nas
• Produced by Baby Paul & Mike Risko
10. 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Tears for Fears
• Used for 'Rule' by Nas
• Produced by Trackmasters Entertainment


  1. Great post but youre nuts, Stillmatic > Blueprint, ether > takeover, got ur...> izzo, one mic > renagade, we can go all in too if u want, lol

  2. I'm loving these sample collections. At least someone understands that, in order to fully appreciate your favorite albums, sometimes you have to go to the source. I haven't actually heard Stillmatic in a long time, though, so I'm going to use your post as an excuse to do a write-up for it, since I finished Nastradamus weeks ago.

    Hip Hop Isn't Dead

  3. Damn Ivan, you killin' it with these sample collections! I know it takes time to find these samples and put them together. These are MUCH appreciated. You da man!

  4. Noutax:

    I agree that Ether is better than Takeover, Got Ur.... was really good, but I loved how 'Ye flipped the Jackson 5 for Jay....I pick Izzo. One Mic vs Renagade? That's a toss-up, but I'm kinda leaning towards One Mic. You've gotta admit though: Em ripped it.

    But you've forgot to mention other great Blueprint tracks: Jigga That N..., Girls, Girls, Girls, Never Change, U Don't Know.....To me, Blueprint was a much more solid album, and being that it was much more soulful: that's right up my alley.

    But that's me....

    Max: Sounds good.... I'd like to see how it stacks up against your Blueprint review:

  5. props for these drops...i really want to see a Ready To Die compilation though..or Supreme Clientele

  6. I'll add those two to the next poll! Make sure to vote!

  7. I knew it! *Jeezy laugh*