Vocabulary spills I'm Ill plus Matic

from Nas – It Ain't Hard to Tell Lyrics on Rap Genius


This is one of a few lines on the album that actually mentions the word “Illmatic”. Here’s another. As for the meaning of Illmatic, Nas went Inside the Lines with Rap Genius and revealed that it was a QB slang word for something that was the absolute illest, and was also a reference to his incarcerated friend Illmatic Ice.

Like another line in this song, “vocabulary spills I’m ill” was sampled in Big L’s “Ebonbics”.

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