Anniversary re-issues of classic albums don’t always get Province too excited, even when the album is Nas’ Illmatic and it’s twenty years old. However, this time things are a little different. Side one brings no surprises – it’s a remastered version of the original – nothing wrong with that. Perhaps it’s testament to just how great an album ‘Illmatic’ really is (or perhaps it’s a result of some very low expectations), but side two was an incredibly pleasant surprise. Listening to eight fresh re-imaginings of the bars we’ve heard in the same frame a hundred times over was a true pleasure. The remixes do exactly what they should do; enhance, rather than detract from, the original. And in case you don’t agree, just flip back to side one. Stream below via Spotify.