Stillmatic, Nas’ fifth studio album,was released on December 18, 2001, and helped put Nasir Jones’ career back on track. Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest fame) once likened Nas to a Monk who meditates in the mountain most of the time and every once in a while will come down from the mountain to speak the truth. ”2nd Childhood” captures this Monk-like quality of Nas.
Other highlights from Stillmatic: Ether (the song that “settled” the beef between Nas and Jay-Z), Got Ur Self A Gun, Rewind (a story told in reverse), One Mic, Destroy and Rebuild (more “beef settlements”), The Flyest (feat. AZ), Rule, No Idea’s Original (bonus track / also on The Lost Tapes),