Analytical One said:
Reasonable Doubt. Superior lyricism & rapping, and the soul-inspired production will never sound dated like the production on Illmatic.
Premier produced his greatest beats of all time on Reasonable Doubt.
The most recited and popular verse on Illmatic was AZ's verse, and it's nowhere near that of B.I.G.'s verse on "Brooklyn's Finest".
Comparing the lyricism, whether that be rhyme schemes, metaphors, entendres or imagery--Reasonable Doubt simply exceeds Illmatic.
Here's a few things to take into consideration:
Jays album was heavily jazz inspired. Blueprint was more of the "soul" album. Nas did have the harder album of the two sonically and impact-wise.
u gotta be kidding me bruh. AZ's verse on "Life's a bi*ch" IS one of the greatest verses of ALL TIME HANDS DOWN!! #factsonly
We're comparing a kid in his late teens/early 20s 1st album to a man, who at the time, approaching his 30s 1st album, that took his "whole life to make" (jay still says this). 2 albums with 2 totally different experiences.
I was just bumping RD a couple days ago. I love that album. Great for smoking with ya chick and vibing out to. Plus I can relate to it more these days than I did when it first dropped.
Illmatic is a young mans album with amazing lyricism and story telling that kids like me at the time were twisting our minds over, because we never heard sh*t like that before...