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Rather than retreat from the thematic weight of Hip-Hop Is Dead, Nas is even more ambitious than its predecessor. Some would argue that's not a good thing, yet the rapper’s ferocious intelligence and skill give the album a magnetic energy. It finds Nas taking on the right-wing media (“Sly Fox”), dissecting the controversy surrounding the use of the N-word (“N.I.*.*.E.R.”), and submitting an ambiguous, if impassioned, endorsement of Barack Obama (“Black President”). Even when Nas is at his most bizarre, he manages to find new ways to analyze the African-American experience. Witness him talking to his KFC dinner on the snappy Mark Ronson production “Fried Chicken,” or taking on the point of view of a cockroach on “Project Roach.” Musically, the best songs benefit from a bit of restraint. In “You Can’t Stop Us Now,” a tour through two-hundred years of black history is backed by a pensive sample from the Whatnauts’ classic “Message From A Black Man,” while the simmering sounds of “Testify” can barely conceal the narrator’s seething rage.

Customer Reviews

Still the best

No doubt that this is definitely one of Nas' best album next to Illmatic.

I'd Bump it in the Jeep

I've been bumpin' Mr.Nasir Jones since he came out in my Jeep & nothings changed. Those who don't understand Nas just don't understand hip-hop...Yeah Jay's my favourite but even he lacks somthing that Esco doesn't & in turn, keeps me coming back baby. Today I bump Nas in my SRT-8 & this new material is without a doubt no exception to 24/7 airplay in the whip!

Same Ol' Nas, Maybe some weak production

This album is still very good.....I'll give it maybe a 3.5 or 4 out of 5. Subject matter is very good as Nas tackles all sides of the word N***ER and its context. Some of the better tracks on the album include Breathe, Hero, Sly Fox, Testify (where at the end he mentions William Cooper's book "behold a pale horse" crazy book must read!), NI**GER, Ya'll My Ni**gas, and my FAVORITE TRACK We're Not Alone (where he mentions Reginald Lewis the black billionare, do the research)----some very thought provoking ish. As usual though, compared to greats like illmatic and It Was Written Nas' beat selection could have been a little better on some songs but overall a very well placed album in todays political and social climate. This album is still better than 95% of the hiphop that you'll see on BET. Even with this album Nas arguably as the best catelogue in Hip Hop period, don't sleep!


Born: September 14, 1973 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the...
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