36 Chambers...i can bump that sh*t from beginning to end..majority of ppl only say Illmatic because everybody and they mama says dat sh*t
Actually, I say Illmatic because its lyrically superior with more depth and deeper subject matter. The old school jazzy tracks for Nas the Prophet to spit over are laid down by legendary producers and not only that, but Nas carries the album from the vocal side all on his own, save for a classic verse from Az.
Enter The Wu: More hardcore and innovative
Illmatic: More lyrical and relevant.
Both Masterpieces of Hip-Hop. Let's leave it at that and enjoy them.
However, I'll always
prefer OB4CL and Liquid Swords over 36 Chambers, both lyrically and production wise. Those albums both had a clear direction of where the album was going. When I listen to 36 Chambers, to me it is much more flat-out hardcore sh*t that moves crowds at a concert... it can't touch most of the tracks off Liquid Swords or Cuban Linx, IMO. But that's just me...