Nas - Life Is Good

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Nas wears the multiple hats of ladies man, urban griot and voice of the people, fine tuning these roles to near perfection on "Life Is Good."

Nearing two decades in the game, Nas is embraced with high esteem, as his mere presence demands attention given his innate knack for leadership coupled with unrelenting lyricism. We've watched from the sidelines as Nas achieved a lot: obvious career highlights include his prolific debut with 1994's Illmatic, the boldly titled 2006 release of Hip Hop Is Dead, and the gall which once found him at odds with dominant New York City radio entity Hot 97 after a legendary battle with Jay-Z. Like most rappers carrying a movement on their backs (in this case, it's arguably Queens), the impetus for stellar work weighs a ton. Faced with lofty critical expectations, Life Is Good is an up close and personal tenth release from Nas.

Regularly praised for his versatility, Nas wears the multiple hats of ladies man, urban griot and voice of the people, fine tuning these roles to near perfection on Life Is Good. Having traveled various confusing paths over the years causing detractors to charge him with coasting off of early accolades, this album lends serious credence to the notion that he holds a fixed seat in Rap royalty dating back to the golden age. A reminder of his glory days, "Loco-Motive" finds Nas in a zen-like state musing, "I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/but my life been good since I started finding peace," the song ending with an all too welcome backhanded compliment, "For my trapped in the '90s niggas." Other intentional nods to the past are "Reach Out" (as singer Mary J. Blige does a New Edition rendition) and "Bye Baby" (which samples New Jack Swing group Guy), an open letter to his ex-wife Kelis that gracefully comes to grips with the permanent ending to their marriage. While always introspective, Nas boldly chooses to discuss a topic on the latter track that has been under intense public scrutiny. Sonically, though, these portions of the album indicate a desire to reach an older audience that has loyally followed his career's many phases to date. The downside to that though, is boxing out a demographic more likely to follow a rapper half Nas' age with the same fraction of skills.

The complete package displays an obvious maturation from the veteran that is effectively in tune with a focus many have considered missing for some time, as "A Queens Story" (honoring deceased hood legends and Rap talents from Nas' borough) and "No Introduction" are adventurous moments sure to please original subscribers and younger fans alike. While subject to debate, "Summer On Smash" (accentuated by Swizz Beatz' infectious hook and Miguel's vocals) also attempts effectively bridging the gap between today's radio demographic and aging listeners, much like the provocative non-fiction of the recent single "Daughters." Minor infractions such as "Stay" and "You Wouldn't Understand" can be overlooked given a vocal command, delivery and passion from Nas largely thought to be almost obsolete. The biggest disconnect on Life Is Good lies in Nas' ability to couple his strong lyrics and discussion topics with well-rounded songs. While clever wordplay and social commentary are strong suits, they tend to take a front seat to a complete composition. In a world where the value of a song outweighs the value of the words it contains, this can pose a problem to even the strongest career - including a living legend. Still, Nas carries the torch for what many artists today are lacking, and in continuing to do so will always have that lane primarily clear. It's one he mastered at the onset of his career and doesn't appear to be surrendering any time soon.

Life Is Good is a dual relief for Nas and his supporters as its title lends itself to interpretation as a reconciled statement to gossip obsessed tabloids. The weight lifted from his shoulders has provided with him a reinvigorated energy unifying the masses, rectifying the ongoing harsh criticism of his poor beat selection and strengthening the case for his importance throughout Hip Hop's folklore.

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994 Comments

  • Nasty

    The only songs that I didn't like were summer on smash and cherry wine but the rest is better than anything that year

  • Nas fell of after '08

    No im not feeling this. Nas has 8 quality albums Illmatic It Was Written I Am..... Stillmatic The Lost Tapes God's Son Hip Hop is Dead and the untitled album, that was really named nigg.er but he was forced to take it off.

  • Robert Little

    NAS one of the AllTime Greats.....and One Of my Top 2 Artis that I like... Life Is Good should have won a Grammy.... It's crazy how time flies...

  • Casper

    Nas keepin it real for hip hop

  • Nas= GOAT

    The only song holding me back from giving this album the perfect 5/5 is Summer on Smash otherwise I don't skip a track. This album is AMAZING. I have the deluxe version with all 18 tracks so it's pretty damn impressive to enjoy 17 of the 18 tracks. I'd honestly rank this up in the top tier of Nas work with Illmatic, Stillmatic and The Lost Tapes it's that damn good.

  • Chris S

    Outstanding album. 4/5 Almost a year old and still in heavy rotation. Cherry Wine in steady becoming one of my favorite songs of all time. The story behind it is incredible

  • Anonymous

    Great. One of the more mature hip-hop albums of all time.

  • Anonymous

    Certainly not Nas's best effort. It was a good solid album but not classic by any means. With that being said, it still dominates over most of the trash you hear today.

  • vesselMcFly

    it was an ok album tbh, nothing more

  • Clasick

    Reminded me of what great hip-hop use to sound like. Made me remember when I use to listen to cd's on my stereo reading the booklet of the album. 5/5

  • cyrilstradamus

    Nas the goat , fantastic album classic shit . this guy has been blamed for perfection of illmatic this album could be any rappers definin career album.

  • VCZELL

    This album is so great. Have it on rotation every day! Should deserved the grammy.

  • EGibbs

    Its damn near Feb 2013 and I still have this album on rotation. The music embodies 90's hip-hop, but nas is 40 not 20. And its just that. You hear the growth of the person, the growth of the music, but the foundation is that of Nasty Nas in the 90's. Really enjoyed this album. Definitely lets you know that 2 decades later Nas still is giving it his all, and more importantly, still has the ability to touch on topics fans have never heard him speak on

  • wldcohso

    Dope album... ReAl HIPHOP

  • DJ

    One of the best albums of the decade. 5 Stars.

  • nas is back on top

    5 stars still bumpin it

  • scrm92

    This album is like Godfather 3. Really good, but not as goood as the first 2

  • BiGb87

    Ok Nas is my favorite rapper...has been since i was like 15 and im 25 now...i started fuckin wit him rite around the stillmatic album..but i have to admitt lately he just aint been impressing me..i think he fell off since streets disciple. and even that album had some bad songs..but i dont think hes had a very good album since then..sometimes i listen to his songs and i just want him to add some passion to his voice..seems like he just be coasting on his albums and then he will kill a rick ross verse..like why couldnt u have had triple beam dreams on ur album..i know it dont go wit da flow of LIFE IS GOOD but damn i want an album with some up to date beats and some KILLA verses on every track..he can do it but he dont and i dont know why... NAS YOU CAN GIVE US A CLASSIC ALBUM IF U JUST PUT SOME PASSION IN UR SONGS AND GET SOME GOOD BEATS AND ITS NOT FUCKING HARD..

  • Ny-Harlem

    To the person who wrote this article. Stay and You wouldn't understand(i guess he was right you really didn't understand) are probably two of the best songs on the Album. How you say those two songs were down moments on the Album. Also i see you rated the Untitled album 4 and a half and this only 4. I guess you like concept Albums but alot of Nas fans been looking for Nas to put an Album where he just goes in. This is almost that ALbum. He still had concepts. But its not one songs(summer on smash is a good party song) that was wack on the Album. Not only that but almost every song i want to replay after it goes off. Album of the year right here. Well this and GKMC

  • mi

    How this gets a 4 and Slaughterhouse gets a 4.5, is beyond me! It should be the other way around

  • red

    LIG third nas XXL Illmatic Lost tapes life is Good Dx ? u dead wrong

  • Mims

    5 this is still in ratation

  • Anonymous

    all except summer on smash

  • jakefromstatefarm

    This album deserves a 5 star...

  • carter

    no words best album of the year hand down

  • Dant

    This was deserves 5. Real music and Real development. True hip hop showing how Art imitates Life not the other way around.

  • PlayMe

    Life is good my friend.. Nas and Lupe all day

  • DYlann

    One of the best releases this year. 5 Stars.

  • jakefromstatefarm

    Deserves a five star rating from this site. smh... Comment below me. You fake as fuck.

  • REAL TALK

    bump Nas he old he needs to retire and go some where else, reason why nas is wack is for siding with Jay- z who is filthy rich knowin damn well that thats the only thing he was really known for is killin jay'z and illimatic now he aint known for shit. Jeezy is the king of south not T.I. T.I is garbage wayne can freestyle but he to cocky he garbage. Jeezy is right nas has no street cred and if you ask me this whole hiphop is dead shit is only partly true. I like that newyork shit better than that down south shit but only because the south is taking over dont mean hip hop is dead the rap game dont need nas. Now im not a big G-unit fan trust me ill rather go with The Game but the best chance of New york to get back on top is 50 cent mean think about the he has sold more the jigga counting the Beg For mercy album and he only came out wit what 3 albums countin beg for mercy and he has THE MOST TALENTED MUSIC MAN IN HIP HOP RIGHT NOW DR. DRE you can be completely garbage and dre will make your shit hot his producing skills are crazy. and i not going to lie i used to be a g-unit hater but i mean why hate on him he making money and he a g im mean i know if i made 5o million dollars a year and there were dudes in my home town want to kill me shoot me again i wouldn't go back. bump that .half these rappers dont go back any way they just say they do .like jadakiss he a good rapper in all but i mean he broke he an't got nothin on fif nobody do . The Game is ill but i mean he my dude and all dat but he doing the same thing fif did. he has his own shoe . hurricane , his own game comin out, his own movie, and a clothing line,only difference is fif got a contract wit reebok and he's actually making money off this stuff. dont get me wrong but real man says ANY MAN WHO SAYS MONEY DOESN'T CHANGE HIM DIDN'T MAKE ENOUGH. but hip hop is not dead THE INSPIRATION PROVES IT. main thing is fif and Jeezy are raps Mvp s not wayne not jigga not nas JEEZY AND 50 CENT. its a new day in town so New york step your game up.

  • aoty

    5 mics worth....replay value is Jame Bond status

  • Anonymous

    Nas shits on faggot Jay-Z ALL DAY LONG

  • Anonymous

    album of the year HANDS DOWN

  • SHAWN NYC

    5 MIC CLASSIC...ALL LIL KIDS WHO ARE FANS OF LIL WAYNE OR LILB DIDNT GE IT 5 STAR...NAS IS THE BEST DEAD OR ALIVE

  • cyclone

    Best Album of 2012 so far who's up next?

  • sean

    Younger generation, they want to mimic and mock us Laughing, separating themselves like they not us, like "Cops'll look at you like they look at me? That's preposterous" Ain't it gangsta how your man made it? I'm humble..... Nasty

  • rfuedr

    i cant even pick a fav track off this album it keeps changi everyday....

  • YO

    This is a good album, an as for the Jay Z comments yet again, well they both dont give a fuck, and people who say Nas stans are insecure because he will never be better than Jay z is just an invalid comment because it is just opinions.

  • Ivan

    In my oppinion, maybe the best album in a 2010-2012 period

  • DJ Booth

    In a way, its a compliment to say that a rappers fallen off. To have fallen, you must have once been at the top, and very few people can legitimately claim to have been the best in their profession, even if only for a moment. It also means that the world has high expectations for you, expectations you must have set via some previous work (or works) of genius. For example, it wouldnt really be accurate to say that.lets go with Jibbsfell off. Like so many, he simply appeared, and then disappeared. But Nas? Nasir Jones? Nasty Nas? Gods Son? Escobar? Yes, you could say that Nas had fallen off, or at least tripped. While his talent has remained a constant over the nearly two decades since he dropped his classic debut album Illmatic, his focus has sometimes strayed. I dont think theres any question that while his last two albums, Hip-Hop is Dead and Untitled, have been nothing to take lightly, both featured moments where he appeared to be coasting on talent alone, when we knew we werent getting Nas at his best. As Nas said in a Complex interview, I toned it [his lyricism] down at timesI wanted to be relatable. And that was part of my mistake, because I toned it down a lot. There were nights when Michael Jordan knew that even at 90% he was better than everyone else on the court, and he was content to coast on that 90% and walk away with the win. But then there were nights when he was fully locked in, nights when he truly gave the game everything he had and to see what Jordans 100% really looked like was awe-inspiring. On his new album, Life Is Good, were hearing the most locked-in Nas has been in years, and the results are awe-inspiring. To return to that Complex interview, With this album Im saying what Ive got to say, and thats what it is. I dont know if it took a painful divorce or he has simply hit the point in his life when hes thinking about his legacy, but goddamn then Nas, keep saying what youve got to say. I rarely move through an album chronologically, but the first five tracks of Life is Good are so dope, so perfectly sequenced that I really feel like I have no choice. Perhaps Nas titled the album opener No Introduction because its far more than an introduction. Instead, its more of a manifesto, a warning shot, an announcement that Gods Son is back and hes bringing his cinematic storytelling skills with him. Loco-Motive follows a similar powerful narrative arc, giving way to the gripping A Queens Story (sweet baby jesus the last minute of that song is incredible), shifting seamlessly into Accident Murderers (shame about that off-concept Ross verse though) and closing with the eminently personal Daughters. Straight up, Ill put that five song stretch against any 30 straight minutes from any album sincewellever. Of course that doesnt mean that its downhill from Daughters. I should acknowledge Summer on Smash, which isnt so much a fail as it is a weak link, but Smash is only a small speedbump on the road compared to even the albums other brighter offerings, the Mary J. Blige assisted Reach Out, the deeply 90s R&B influenced Bye Baby and the now historic collaboration with Amy Winehouse, Cherry Wine. And those are really only breathers in between the solid walls of dopeness that are cuts like Back When and the supremely soulful Worlds An Addiction. To bring back the comparison thats been made for over a decade now, Jay-Z never let us this close to his real life, never showed us all his weaknesses alongside his strengths, his mistakes alongside his victories. In that sense Nas is at the very least one of the bravest rappers alive. Hes come a long way from, PS 111, free lunch / embarrassed but managed to get a plate / we was kids hungry, moms was workin I was famished, she getting home late. For a moment forget about buzz, album sales, cultural impact and every other factor we consider during whos the best rapper alive? debates. Instead, lets say every emcee alive took part in a March Madness rap tournament, illest verse advances to the next round. Before Life Is Good, I dont know if I would have put my money on Nas to win it all, now hed be by number one pick. Everyone eventually falls, but only the truly great ones get back up.

  • XXL

    The last line of Nas Illmatic still rings true 18 years later. The Queensbridge lyricist never fell. He never ceased to be celebrated as one of the most revered wordsmiths in the game, butthough hes continued to cement his legendary status with solid efforts album after albumhe hasnt come close to matching his best works in quite some time. The tide, though, has changed with Nas 10th LP, Life Is Good. As its historically been the case, Nas is at his best when facing adversity. His last two superior releases2001s Stillmatic and 2002s Gods Sonwere inspired by his heated rivalry with Jay-Z and the death of his mother, respectively. This time around, a divorce with R&B singer Kelis and reports of outstanding tax liens are at the center of his topical palette, which still ranges from fly shit to revolutionary ideals, as evidenced on the opening number, No Introduction. Hood forever, I just act like Im civilized/Really whats in my mind is organizing a billion Black muthafuckas/To take over JP and Morgan Goldman and Sachs/And teach the world facts and give Saudi they oil back, he rhymes. He comes closest to addressing his alleged financial troubles on the No I.D.-produced, Loco-Motive. I started out broke, got rich, lost paper then made it back/Like Trump bein up down up, play with cash, he spits. Creatively, Nas continues to reinvent the wheel. He takes reckless shooters to task on Accident Murderers featuring Rick Rossthe LPs only rap guest appearanceand retraces his fatherly missteps on Daughters. On the Amy Winehouse-assisted, Cherry Winea song that sounds like a lost cut from the British singers Frank sessionsNas fantasizes about his dream girl, before coming to terms with his failed marriage on Bye Baby. Over Salaam Remis sampling of Guys Goodbye Love, Nas finds closure with a heartfelt letter to Kelis. Wanted you as my shorty since before I saw you screamin, Hate you so much right now/Shouldve saw the man in angry Black women/Actions of a demonIm leaving, he offers. Nass beat selection has long been called into question, but not this time. Salaam Remi and No I.D. split the bulk of the production for a cohesive sound bed filled with soul and jazz overtones. Though the Swizz Beatz-produced, Summer on Smash has potential to garner radio play, it feels out of place and is the discs only substandard moment. Still, Life Is Good is arguably Nas best LP since Stillmatic. In a climate where substance is scarce, the album is necessary. Its potent from the excellent cover art to Nass sharp bars. Its balanced. The Queens MC is open, but not emo. Hard, but also thought-provoking. On Reach Out, Nas rhymes, And you become better than legends you thought were the greatest. Again, the Nasty MCs words ring true. At this juncture21 years and 10 solo albums inno other MC has ever rhymed at such a high level this deep into their career. Not Rakim. Not Kool G Rap. Not Slick Rick. Not Big Daddy Kane. Not LL Cool J. No One

  • mbongeni

    i was hating..it grew on me...best rap album of the year!

  • Born^Rula

    Best album this year thus far Never knew hip hop could have so many critics this is album is real rap nun of the BS we've hearing in the 4 years wayne ect....

  • juce

    classic from the g.o.a.t.

  • olczi

    good one but expected more

  • Chris

    This album has actual content. His delivery and flow has always been on point. Like he said, 'Never on schedule, but always on time.' Name an ALBUM that came out in the past 3 years that is just as good as "Life is Good." Just when hip-hop becomes saturated with beats that help rappers/artists make "hits", Nas reminds us of why rap music was invented in the first place.

  • Mittens2317

    Very disappointing for a Nas album. Definitely down there with Nastradamus and Street's Disciple. Nasty is one of the best tracks he's released in years, but everything else falls flat. Waiting for this album has been like being promised a sports car, then when you get it, it turns out to be a Hot Wheels toy.

    • Anonymous

      Both of you are fucking retards. Life is Good is a classic.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. This is one of his worst efforts by far. Just when you thought he couldn't come close to the horrible lows of Nastradamus and SD, he comes out with this garbage. I knew that I couldn't trust the hype about Nasty, Nas is like that, he comes out with a great, gritty single to get the attention of real Hip Hop fans, only to release a shitty pop attempt.

  • Wayne

    I lost respect for Nas' rap game ever since he signed to def jam. How can u make a diss like 'ether' then turn around and shake hands with the same dude who you adamantly referred to as a homosexual. And nobody, including Nas or Jay themselves, can convince me that the beef was nothing more than just a casual hiphop feud where 2 rappers were merely sizing eachother up for the sake of hiphop. Dude said he had sex with his wife and left condoms in his kid's baby seat. Both of them got on some real personal shit. But it wasn't even like they both compromised on equal terms by squashing beef. Jay was def jam's CEO at the time. Jay signed Nas. Nas got shelved. Its like I'm the only one who sees the bigger picture

    • optimus rhyme

      what you said has absolutely nothing to do with the album. not even one song mentioned. take your pouting elsewhere.

  • Dj Streetbeatz

    This Album Is NOT A Classic, Illmatic Is A Classic, And It Was Written And Stillmatic Were Also Close As Well. This Album Is Average At Best, Tracks Like "Loco Motive" "Daughters" "The Don" "The Black Bond" and "Trust" Are Some Of The Best On This Album. The Beats Aren't Great But That One Part On "The Don" When The Beat Changes Sounded Really Good I Must Say i Wish He Would Of Made A Track With That Instrumental. Also, If You Haven't Heard Nas' Verse On The Track "Hip Hop" Off Of Dj Khaled's Album Do Yourself A favor And Listen to It NOW.

  • DISOBEY

    Great album! I loved it even if Rick Ross is on it. Y'all niggaz sould stop listening to Weezy's talk shit. This nigga is only talkin bout bitches money and weed. Nas is real!

  • Getlosthater

    And your last post made absolutely no point what so ever. You a hater i hate online cornball niggas like you. If i don't like something i don't go on the website trying to convince niggas shit is wack. I simply go to something im interested in. But like a hater you going to try to convince niggas this shit was wack. Whatever nigga have fun with your TAKE CARE album. This album will go down as a classic. Don't hate just go to a Drizzy blog and comment how you like that sweet shit.

  • Getlosthater

    NV80 if you don't like the Album thats your opinion. Its seems like any cornball with an computer all of a sudden has a voice and think their opinion matters. Like i said get lost hater. Most people love the album hater. 4.58 ratings from the fans nigga. I wonder what you consider a classic. Probably consider that Carter 4 a class. Fuck outta here like i said get lost.

  • NV80

    GETLOSTHATER.... LOL it is a classic cause you don't skip a song lol you said... It is classic cause you like every song lol. Wow those are some strong reference points by one man to rate this as a classic album. One word whack like clock radio speakers that is the era I am from if you know anything about classic albums. Don't think about it too hard jag off.

  • Lionel

    Good album hotter them the alot of the garbage niggas put out this year but Nas just did whats whats was expected of him as a fire spitter to say the Album is a classic that's over exaggerating

  • Brand0!

    the Don is back! best Nas since Stillmatic

  • YESSIR

    Weezy been killin the game since his cash money days. Look how much he's done for hip hop and all yall do is hate. He's given us classics, and I agree his recent stuff doesn't top Carter 1 and 2, but you can't deny he's top 5 right now(top 3 actually). So many other wack rappers and yall choose to hate on Weezy. Carter 2 still the best rap album of 2000 era. Fuck anyone who says any different(and Carter III is shitting on the majority of whats coming out today, including yall lame ass opinions)

  • Getlosthater

    And this Jayz and Nas shit has gotta stop they been stop beefing. To much dick sucking amongst some niggas online

  • Getlosthater

    NV80 thats you opinion hater get lost. This Album is a classic in my opinion cause i like every song on here. Summer on smash grew on a nigga. I don't skip no songs on this Album and i personally love the beats.

    • Anonymous

      This Album is a classic IN MY OPINION cause I like every song on here. Summer on smash grew on A nigga. I don't skip no songs on this Album and I PERSONALLY love the beats. NEVER seen a comment that struggled so badly to make a point. Nas gathers fucktards around him.

  • Anonymous

    DIS IS SOME GOOD SHIT

  • Billie

    even after all these years, Nas is still relevant in the game

  • Slayer

    Nas the king being consistent as always great album!

  • NV80

    One other thing... The word classic when making reference to a hiphop album... A true gem calssic album has not been made since the 90's.. Get over hiphop is more or less garbage now.. Except your gay cause this ain't classic

  • NV80

    OMG... This is such a joke this is not a classic not even close.... The beats on this album are just awful..... Nas will only have one true classic to date that has been reviewed by critics fans etc that is ILLMATIC... It was written goes hard... After that all his material is just average decent good.... Clean the shit outta your ears and dig in the crates this is not a Nas classic posers.

  • Anonymous

    classick! album of the decade, no doubt.

  • Anonymous

    they owe nas a fucking X cmon man you cant give this and ross bullshit the same rating thats MAD disrespectful to niggas who know betta smh

  • Anonymous

    Reading this thread, all I hear is "I feel like a black republican, money keep comin in...." You're all stupid for playing comparison games. Because neither of them give a shit. And this album isn't classic. It's good, but classic is pushing it

  • J.J.

    Nas stans hate on Jay-Z for the same reason that Kobe stans hate on MJ, insecurity. Nas fanboys know that regardless of how many good albums Nas ends up with, he'll never be better than Jay and that hurts these boys soul. That's the reason for these comments. I say keep crying, its music to my ears.

    • J.J.

      "I say keep crying, its music to my ears". Do you fools read comments or do you just skim through them?

    • @J.J.

      Nigga, Nas is already better than Jay. Retarded Jay Z stans can't keep Nas' name outta their mouths.

    • Anonymous

      riight.....i got one thing to say "im out for dead fukin presidents to repesent me" "somehow the rap game reminds me of the crack game" all sampled by who? ur favorite rapper jay-z fucking born in the 90's 2000's ass niggas

  • BassD.O

    Those are my albums order.

  • BassD.O

    Second best rapper ever after 2pac it was written illmatic stillmatic Life is Good Lost tapes(this was a album to me) I Am God's Son Hip Hop is dead Nostradomus(this album is so slept on to me it was fire) Untitled Street Deciple(only album that wasn't hot to me)

  • KingTD

    It Was Written Illmatic Stillmatic Life Is Good God's Son five stars

  • knuckles

    The Don never left real hip-hop lives

  • SouthSide

    "But I grew up around Impala's and drug lords Welcome to Los Angeles, palm trees and drug stores All we know is rocks and presidents like Mount Rushmore Fuck the police, they hop out and bust doors I ain't goin' back to jail, nigga that's what I flush for My money or my glock, who do I trust more? I don't know, it's probably the one that I touch more" Even Game shits all over Nas.

    • SouthSide

      "Hip Hop has thank God for Jay-Z" - Nas.

    • Anonymous

      "illmatic on the top shelf chronic on left/ wana cop both but only got 20 left/ fuk it stole both went and bought a dub sack/ rip the package off illmatic and bumpd that/ for my niggas is was to complex wen nas rhymed/ was the only cali nigga wit a NY state of mind"- The Game, HHID nuff said real niggas know why they rapping like they are nowadays and it damn sure aint cuz of jay-z

    • SouthSide

      Game a real dude, Nas is fake.

    • youngvito79

      Are u kidding me?? That was crazy wack!! Nas destroys Gmae's whole catalog with one verse..

    • Real Talk

      Game name drops like crazy. Can he rhyme without naming someone? And on the real listen to Illmatic to Stillmatic.

  • Anonymous

    man nas is unstoppable

  • Soul On Ice

    1. Illmatic 2. It Was Written 3. Stillmatic 4. Life Is Good Damn, Nas did it again. GREAT album, hope we'll get another one of this caliber.

  • Sunset

    Nas = quality Jay = quanity

    • Soul On Ice

      Quality and quantity applies to both, as they have more than 20 albums combined. Both have garbage records and classics in their respective discographies and both will go down as legends while you look dumb as fuck taking sides when Jay and Nas are making money and laughing together at the Life Is Good release party.

  • Sunset

    BEST FLOW BET THE WHOLE U.S KNOW ONLY RAPPER THAT CAN GO SONG FOR SONG( EXCLUDING COMMERCIAL TRACKS) With nas is pac Jay is more quanity than quality party bullshit hustle keys brag same formula it tells u alot about the people who swears he is the greatest bunch of wanna b's

  • Anonymous

    He is a tru Don in this rap game. Nobody is better then Nas. Over 20 years in the game and still moving nummers.....shit this will never end. I bet Nas can still sell records in 1000 years from now. He`s crasy.

  • Anonymous

    Why do Nas stans create more comments about Jay-Z and post more about Jay-Z than his own fans? Niggas are so insecure about favoring Nas over Jay that they have to talk about Jay and listen to Jay all day just to write books about Jay to put him in contrast to Nas. Jay makes different types of music, he's already impressed the "lyrical folks", he's also impressed the hipsters, the real street niggas, the grammys, the Australians, he's got albums that was created to perform in front of 20k in countries all over the world. It's obvious that Jay doesn't give 2 shits about the "real hiphop" geeks and has not been doing so since his first album. What's he doing next? I don't want to hear him sound like RD, I've already heard that. I don't want to hear the flow from BP I've already heard that.

  • RIcky Rozay

    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper, 2pac a ballerina. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new biggie. BAWSE!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      most of these rappers aint real niggas Like the guy you chose to name yourself after? Get a job, holler at Perdue

  • Natural

    Nas has secured his spot as the king of rap. And I'm talking about actual rapping, not beat-picking. Lyrically, he has never wavered since Illmatic. The man has given his entire life to hip hop and continues to breathe life into it day in and day out. Shocked that he collaborated with the likes of Weezy and Rick Ross, but as long as he keeps his lyrics real, which he has, there's very little to complain about.

  • Holla

    Laughing my ass off reading some comments of ya'll Jay-stans crying cause some people think Nas is better, hahaha made my day. Oh and at the same time I can get a good laugh off the Nas-stans crying bout his status and all that. People should make a fucking comedyshow about Nas vs. Jay, it's like people can't let it go. Nas is awesome, and I think he might be the GOAT cause there's not a single artist still rapping on this level at this stage in his career. Now saying this doesn't mean Jay isn't in the top 5, RD is a fucking classic and it definitely comes close to Nas 5 classic albums. Jay has showed SEVERAL TIMES that he earned his spot in the top 5. Jay is one hell of a lyricist, and even though I like Nas more, I gotta admit I like this nigga a lot. Jay deserves the credit, Nas deserves the credit. So now stop trying to say one of em sucks cause they both are the best. Jay sold out, definitely, doesn't mean once in a while he won't drop a legendary verse.... He's just a smart businessman, and you gotta respect that. Nas keeps his lyrics on top, and you gotta respect that too. Both are great, and like I have read somewhere below: They should replace Kanye West by Nas on WTT, cause both Nas and Jay deserve to be on the throne, now let Kanye produce that shit, let Jay bring the more commercial sound while Nas keeps it lyrical like we know him and we'll have a fucking classic. On topic: I personally heard a lot of hunger on this album, and he showed that even when he was practically done after a few decent albums, the phoenix still rises from the ashes. Great to have you back again Nas, the game needs you. 5/5

  • Nasty

    "Name a nigga under the same sky, that Nas under.. who gets money, remain fly, yeah i wonder"

  • JAAAAMEA

    I like this album, its a bit different from his otherss 4/5

  • kingsin083

    "While clever wordplay and social commentary are strong suits, they tend to take a front seat to a complete composition" I see what you did there, writer of this article.

  • The games been good to me

    5 Stars!

  • great_gwami

    This album is classic. Why are people trying to say that one is so much greater than the other? Couldn't we just say they are both are some front runners for goat status. I mean nas had arguably best hip hop albums of all time (illmatic). Jay-z had one of the greatest rap songs of all time (dead presidents 1 or 2) both had stumbles and both had great rebirths. Anyway not taking shots but the blueprint was classic, but jay didn't even have the best verse on his album (don't call me a em Stan, Jay admitted em out trapped him on renegades). The reason Nas isn't as well known outside the music community as jay-z, because jay's game evolved with the rap game. Nas tried and succeed to use story tellin and deep verses while rappers today just boast one liners that has nothing to do with the last line.

  • comachonvargas

    Funny how you Jay faggots claim Nas fans are constantly bringing him into the discussion when you are panning Nas on a LIG message board. Acting like you wouldn't defend Jay if the situation was reversed... fuck off What is so pathetic is that you can't even count yourself as a true Jay fan if you don't like Nas. Everyone knows Jay loves his shit, has sampled him on multiple occasions, puts him in the Top 5, counts him as one of the greatest lyricists ever... and so on. In fact, the only widely known blemish on Jay's whole career resulted because HE CHALLENGED Nas... the rest is history, and I mean actual history not the revisionist bullshit you guys come up with You can't pretend Nas isn't a serious contender for GOAT status. Dudes are acting like Illmatic is his only classic, and that the producers deserve full credit for it. If that is true, why even call it a classic? You feel obligated to do so because literally EVERYONE regards it as such... and you could very well argue that it is the best hip hop CD ever... You guys seriously couldn't be more biased You need to maintain some objectivity about Jay's catalogue... just because it sells doesn't mean shit... Vol. 3, BP2, BP3, Kingdom Come are weed plates at worst and mediocre at best... AG and WTT are extremely average CDs btw Jay has Blueprint, Black Album, RD as classics... you have to give credit where its due... Nas has Illmatic, IWW, Stillmatic, Lost Tapes... own up and just recognize Nas is a fucking legend... and LIG is pretty much a modern day classic fuckboys As a serious Hov fan up until Kingdom Come you can't ignore how far he has fallen... everything post Black Album is worse than the fucking Dynasty album I swear... that verse on 3 Kings? That shit is worse than BP3 and Kingdom Come and I didn't think that was possible frankly Nas has weak CDs too of course... but his discography is every bit as good as Jays and he is nowhere near being washed up [same can't be said for Jay] Btw I LOVE how people think Nas has never rapped alongside another great MC... Kool G, Scarface, KRS, Rakim, Jay, Common, anyone in Wu, Ye, AZ, Pun... bubble gum guests right? His verse on verbal intercourse is the best on Cuban Linx, which is an undisputed classic album, but yeah Nas always gets dominated right? AND TO THE FAGGOT WHO KEEPS BRINGING UP THE GRAMMY FAMILY FREESTYLE; STOP... 'so far ahead I'm about to pass you twice'... JUST CREATIVE BRAGGING LIKE 90% OF JAYS CATALOGUE... hey Jay let's see you make a concept track... couldn't do it to save his fucking life ONE

    • Anonymous

      The same ass dickrider rhetoric over and over, come up with something new. You're not more credible than a white dude saying Em is the GOAT, nigga, you're LAME!!!

    • Anonymous

      ^^ It's clear this guy is a biased Nas stan/Jay hater. Nothing you said is true. It's nothing but biased, flawed opinions.

    • ^

      It's clear this guy is a biased Jay Z stan/Nas hater. Nothing you said is true. It's nothing but biased, flawed opinions.

    • M

      - Don't know what your saying with this one. Nas is trash, I never brought Jay into any of my arguments -Lets be honest, ALL of Nas's albums have upper tier rhymes, but only ONE has the dope beats to back them up. You really just can't argue that albums like Stillmatic have wack beats. -Well this is your oppinion. Most of Jay's albums are critticaly aclaimed, so you can't bring that into the argument. Just biased personal oppinion. -Again this is personal oppinion. I could tottaly trash all of Nas's albms using the same basis of critisim you used. It's not that hard. -Nas IS washed up. Why else name your album Hip Hop Is Dead or Nigger? To gain attention. Both of those albums are weak, by the way. -HA! Funiset thing I heard all day. Nas verse on VI best on Cuban Linx? It was barely the best on that song! And IDK why you would even bring this up. Just because Nas works with great MCs doesn't make him one. -Concept track? Wahat the fuck are you talking about? Lets see Nas make a decent political song... OH WAIT YOU CAN'T DO IT TO SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!! Your arguments are flawed sir.

    • M

      - Don't know what your saying with this one. Nas is trash, I never brought Jay into any of my arguments -Who cares if Jay loves Nas? Jay loves Coldplay, does that mean I have to listen to them? And you should thank Jay for challenging Nas, if not Nas swould have fell into obscurity. Look at his album sales before Stillmatic. -Lets be honest, ALL of Nas's albums have upper tier rhymes, but only ONE has the dope beats to back them up. You really just can't argue that albums like Stillmatic have wack beats. -Well this is your oppinion. Most of Jay's albums are critticaly aclaimed, so you can't bring that into the argument. Just biased personal oppinion. -Again this is personal oppinion. I could tottaly trash all of Nas's albms using the same basis of critisim you used. It's not that hard. -Nas IS washed up. Why else name your album Hip Hop Is Dead or Nigger? To gain attention. Both of those albums are weak, by the way. -HA! Funiset thing I heard all day. Nas verse on VI best on Cuban Linx? It was barely the best on that song! And IDK why you would even bring this up. Just because Nas works with great MCs doesn't make him one. -Concept track? Wahat the fuck are you talking about? Lets see Nas make a decent political song... OH WAIT YOU CAN'T DO IT TO SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!! Your arguments are flawed sir.

    • Anonymous

      - Don't know what your saying with this one. Nas is trash, I never brought Jay into any of my arguments -Who cares if Jay loves Nas? Jay loves Coldplay, does that mean I have to listen to them? And you should thank Jay for challenging Nas, if not Nas swould have fell into obscurity. Look at his album sales before Stillmatic. -Lets be honest, ALL of Nas's albums have upper tier rhymes, but only ONE has the dope beats to back them up. You really just can't argue that albums like Stillmatic have wack beats. -Well this is your oppinion. Most of Jay's albums are critticaly aclaimed, so you can't bring that into the argument. Just biased personal oppinion. -Again this is personal oppinion. I could tottaly trash all of Nas's albms using the same basis of critisim you used. It's not that hard. -Nas IS washed up. Why else name your album Hip Hop Is Dead or Untitled? To gain attention. Both of those albums are weak, by the way. -HA! Funiset thing I heard all day. Nas verse on VI best on Cuban Linx? It was barely the best on that song! And IDK why you would even bring this up. Just because Nas works with great MCs doesn't make him one. -Concept track? What the fuck are you talking about? Lets see Nas make a decent political song... OH WAIT YOU CAN'T DO IT TO SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!!! Your arguments are flawed sir.

    • Anonymous

      - Don't know what your saying with this one. Nas is trash, I never brought Jay into any of my arguments -Who cares if Jay loves Nas? Jay loves Coldplay, does that mean I have to listen to them? And you should thank Jay for challenging Nas, if not Nas swould have fell into obscurity. Look at his album sales before Stillmatic. -Lets be honest, ALL of Nas's albums have upper tier rhymes, but only ONE has the dope beats to back them up. You really just can't argue that albums like Stillmatic have wack beats. -Well this is your oppinion. Most of Jay's albums are critticaly aclaimed, so you can't bring that into the argument. Just biased personal oppinion. -Again this is personal oppinion. I could tottaly trash all of Nas's albms using the same basis of critisim you used. It's not that hard. -Nas IS washed up. Why else name your album Hip Hop Is Dead or Nigger? To gain attention. Both of those albums are weak, by the way. -HA! Funiset thing I heard all day. Nas verse on VI best on Cuban Linx? It was barely the best on that song! And IDK why you would even bring this up. Just because Nas works with great MCs doesn't make him one. -Concept track? What the fuck are you talking about? Lets see Nas make a decent political song... OH WAIT YOU CAN'T DO IT TO SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!!! Your arguments are flawed sir.

    • m

      - Don't know what your saying with this one. Nas is trash, I never brought Jay into any of my arguments -Who cares if Jay loves Nas? Jay loves Coldplay, does that mean I have to listen to them? And you should thank Jay for challenging Nas, if not Nas swould have fell into obscurity. Look at his album sales before Stillmatic. -Lets be honest, ALL of Nas's albums have upper tier rhymes, but only ONE has the dope beats to back them up. You really just can't argue that albums like Stillmatic have wack beats. -Well this is your oppinion. Most of Jay's albums are critticaly aclaimed, so you can't bring that into the argument. Just biased personal oppinion. -Again this is personal oppinion. I could tottaly trash all of Nas's albms using the same basis of critisim you used. It's not that hard. -Nas IS washed up. Why else name your album Hip Hop Is Dead or Nigger? To gain attention. Both of those albums are weak, by the way. -HA! Funiset thing I heard all day. Nas verse on VI best on Cuban Linx? It was barely the best on that song! And IDK why you would even bring this up. Just because Nas works with great MCs doesn't make him one. -Concept track? What the fuck are you talking about? Lets see Nas make a decent political song... OH WAIT YOU CAN'T DO IT TO SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!! Your arguments are flawed sir.

    • Real

      Im a Hiphop fan and i cant get why pple still need to bring the Nas/Jay issue when to them its dead and buried. I recognise both artists as greats and admit bothhave classic. Critical acclaim, Peers acclaim is wat puts Nas ahead on GOAT terms ...yes i said it and its a Fact To each his own....

  • VEST

    STOP COMPARING JAY TO NAS WHAT JAY PROFITS DOESNT PAY ANY OF HIS FANS BILLS HIS FANS PAY HIS BILLS THEN HE SHITS ON THEM BY BRAGGING ABOUT WHAT HE HAS AND THEY STILL LOVE HIM JUST ANOTHER DAY OF THE TYPICAL BRAIN DEAD ASSHOLE. IM TALKING RHYMES BEATS LYRICS FLOW CONCEPT YOU KNOW MUSIC CAUSE THATS ALL WERE EVER GONNA GET FROM ANY OF THESE RAPPERS AND WHEN IT COMES TO THAT NAS GOT ANYBODY YOU WANNA NAME EXCLUDING PAC HES LIGHT YEARS BEYOND OLD HOV DO YOU FOOLS LISTEN TO MUSIC OR DO YOU JUST SKIM THREW IT AND THATS A JAY LINE YALL COLWN ASS 85ERS GOT HIP HOP FUCKED UP STOP BEING BIOS STOP DICK RIDING AND GO LISTEN TO OTHER ARTIST I LISTEN TO THEM ALL AND FROM WHAT I HEAR NAS IS THE GOAT HE CANT BE MATCHED (MUSICALLY) CAUSE THAT IS WHY WERE HERE RIGHT! WELL OK THEN. PEACE

    • comachonvargas

      ^^^^ Right on man its nice to see some people with sense on this site. Jay stans stay counting Jay's money whenever they try to degrade other MCs, particularly Nas, but conveniently FORGOT TO COUNT THEIR OWN MONEY. Too busy dickriding to worry about themselves though

  • MC killa

    Totally agree with this top 5 ranking: http://rap.about.com/od/toppicks/ss/Top50Emcees_10.htm

  • subz

    Life is good is a classic lp no question. best work for a long time, the album of the year so far. when i 1st listened to it, i thought it was very different, but i could hear the potential. so i listened to it again and again and it got better and better. Every track is awesome. Trophies was lp of the year so far, but Nas delivered solidly making listeners really think. The beats on the lp is awesome. producers went in on this lp. Loco motive, Roses, bACK WHEN, BLACK bond, Reach out, accidental murderers, where is the love, you wouldnt understand are some of the soild classic cuts.

  • noel green

    life is good..no question!!

  • FAP 93

    I remember getting Illmatic on cassette when it came out and that albums shits on this one, but whatever time changes and Nas grew up. But all this album of the year shit? Come on, OC & Apollo Brown, Oddissee and tons of other stuff is mad better

    • Anonymous

      you can add reks to this list and also slaughterhouse and elzhi when they drop their albums later this year. but going by all these nas stans, he has 10 albums in his top 3 and 50 songs in his top 10.

  • Sam Snead

    I gave it a 4 but if I could I would give it a 4.5 rating. What is with the Jay-z talk,huh. Jay-z is a great rapper just like Nas but when is the last time Jay-z made an album of this caliber.... Black Album in 2003??? I don't care about sales most Americans are stupid anyways, who cares what girls,kids, and corny white boys in thier daddys Ford Focus want to bump. Watch the Throne was solid but more because of Kanye's beats and production more than anything and still falls a little short of this album. SO just STOP it already

  • hovaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving FOURTEEN Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with eleven. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. What does Nas have? Internet groupies begging him up in threads and 6 MILLION in debts. LMAO!!!

  • STAN

    Jay Z- Net worth over 500 milli Nas- Net worth in debt -6 milli with the IRS Don't get it twisted nothing Nas has done, affected Jay Z, you can ask Nas Himself that. If anything thats the only thing that keeps Nas relevant, "Ether & illmatic" LMFAO you cant count up how many Jay Classics he has.

    • Em

      Dear Stan Net worth and debt are two different financial terms but sinc u busy chewn on Jays D** ima xplain to yall in layman's terms Man United the biggest sports franchise in the world is 500mill in debt. According to Forbes its the richest club in the world bout 2Billion Net worth. U can owe yo neighbour $1000 and not have the cash to pay it back immediately. THAT don mean yo net worth is minus a 1000.yo house is prob worth more Nas is not broke, IRS never said Nas couldnt pay they jus said he owed On the matter off classics Illmatic - 5Mics /XXL Stillmatic - XXL Lost Tapes - XXL Life is Good - 5Mics /XXL Plus God's Son It was written Untitled Distant Relatives

  • erheyry43

    JAY Z IS DA GOAT LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD... WHO HAS IMPROVED WITH TIME? WHO ALWAYS TAKE A BIG FAT DUMP ON EVERY SINGLE TRACK HE IS ON? WHO HAS NEVER BEEN OUTDONE ON A TRACK?

    • Anonymous

      renegade was jay stepping next to em in his prime, but he was fairly outdone by an all time great performance while nas spared us all the embarrasement of getting completely murdered by eminem. one of the very rare moments where nas cauhgt lightning in a bottle and decided wisely. you what em would do when you were conistently outshined by a guy with a speech impedement.

    • Anonymous

      renegade anyone? fools don't know shit about shit

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z = uncontrollable hustler's ambition, networth of 450 million, 14 Grammys, 11 number 1 albums, beautiful wife and family, countless historical verses and performances, huge influence. Nas = horrible flow, uneven discography, several failed sellout-attempts, wifed two whores, broke, pays child support for a daughter whose embarrassing him on twitter, works with Young Money after accusing them of destroying Hip Hop, stops working with his weedcarriers because he's in fear of getting destroyed on a track, goes from the africa-loving social empowerer to the violent, drug-dealing, crime-glorifying don, signed to his arch enemy to be left 4 commerical dead...

    • Mc Killa

      Someone who keeps saying ''fuckboys'' is indeed a retard lol. If it wasnt for Rakim, MCs would still rap like MC hammer! Long live Rakim

    • Anonymous

      Again, niggas comparing opinions to facts. Did anything of that imply that Nas is not lyrical? Fearing fuckboys. Fucking inferior complex-ridden fuckboys. Nas will never write a song like Lyrical Exercise or come up with something like Grammy Family Freestyle. He doesn't have the skill for. Fuckboys. See how that works? Fuckboys. And NO, rap is NOT ALL about lyrics, you're fan of a MUSIC genre if you haven't noticed. Fuckboys. A guy that rides the beat (rapping) while being lyrical >>>>>> a guy who's only lyrical. Now read some poetry to get a grip of what real lyrics are. Fuckboys.

    • MJ

      Jay-z will never write a song like one mic. He doesnt have the skills for. What he does have the skill for is making music for the general population of youngsters that dont know anything about this damn culture, thus making more money than nas... Is KRS-ONE rich? Was Big L rich? "Thinkin record sales make them the dopest" -KRS ONE

    • MJ

      Rap is all about lyrics. Go listen to pop...

    • Anonymous

      All i saw is FACTS, so were is the supposed joke in this commment? You have some wild defensive mechanism going for Nas where you deem facts that are against him as jokes.

  • REAL SHIT

    Well, Nas doesn't care one bit about his dickriders. He won't work with Premo, he won't give AZ a place on his album, he gave Raekwon an old verse, he proudly works with all the artists that Nas core fan base hates. He ethered himself by putting out a compilation that is superior to 90% of his albums. But, he's insecure and cares about all his haters, hence him falling for the trap of critique, resulting into him being confused as fuck, he's rotating personas for every trend, he contradicts himself with every album, because all the criticism got under his skin. Finally, Jay is responsible for his second best album (Stillmatic).

    • dockevoc

      YOU'RE not funny. Nas had already released Illmatic (classic), It Was Written (Classic? Very good?), and I Am (underrated masterpiece) when Jay popped off...he then dropped Stillmatic, which is nowhere near as good as those three albums. So I ask again, HOW did JAY influence NAS?

    • Anonymous

      You're not funny. Nas has one classic in Illmatic and the producers were responsible for that.

    • dockevoc

      What influence? Jay signed him to Def Jam and Nas put out the two worst albums of his career...Stillmatic is his 5th best album...Nas was a hip hop legend, 3 classic albums deep, when Jay went at him

    • Anonymous

      nah, b. don't try to discredit the influence jay had on his career.

    • dockevoc

      Stillmatic is Nas's 5'th best album...don't believe the hype - listen for yourself

  • #Men lie, women lie, numbers don't

    Reasonable Doubt (Platinum) Vol. 2 #1 Album (5x Platinum) Vol.3 #1 Album (3x Platinum) The Dynasty #1 Album (2x Platinum) The Blueprint #1 Album (2x Platinum) The Blueprint 2 #1 Album (2x Platinum) The Black Album #1 Album (3x Platinum) Kingdom Come 1# Album (Platinum) American Gangster #1 Album (Platinum) Blueprint 3 #1 Album (Platinum) Watch The Throne #1 Album (Platinum) Empire State of Mind #1 Single (3x Platinum) What does Nas do? Gets at No I.D.

    • Anonymous

      Nas went platinum before Jay just saying. Illmatic 1xplat It Was Written 2xplat I Am 2xplat Nastradamus 1xplat Stillmatic 2xplat God's Son 1xplat Street Disciples 1xplat And that is with less marketing dollars too so........

    • dockevoc

      funny how jay's worst album sold the most

    • Anonymous

      To the anon above me: Get off Hov's sack. Hov is the illest but get off his sack tho... jeez... And fuck u mean Nas dropped 4 str8 duds? Untitled/Nigger was almost as good as this shit. And God's Son is arguably better than Stillmatic. 2 duds, not 4.

    • Anonymous

      Nas defensive brigade on full force again, inferior complex-ridden fuckboys can't stop talking about Jay, even when Nas dropped his best album since Stillmatic. And Nas finally coming through and dropping a halfway decent album makes all his other garbage CD's invisible? He drops 4 straight duds and one good album and that translates into him being the GOAT? LMAO. Yall on crack. That just shows how fucking desperate yall losers were and now you of-the-moment-dickriders are overestimating this ONE CD. And the same masses made MJ and the Beatles the GOAT's. Well, take it as this, Nas can't even convince more than a crowd of 150k to go out to buy his shit, 150k who are part of the same mass that crowned Jay. LAAAAAAAWL. Nas stans be jerking off to Gnozeer's laughable, low sales EVERYWHERE, EXCEPT when he is compared to Jay or Eminem. But tell that shit to your fellow deluded, retarded stans, a GOAT with 150k (far outsold by a fat ex-cop that is hated all over the internet), that's what? About 000000,1% of rap's fans? NOBODY, besides you fucked up, lonely, 150k bastards think Nas is even close to GOAT status. Tell somebody in NY in real life you put Nas over Jay and you will be an unintentional comedian in an instant. Enjoy your dreams 'til Jay comes through with his next plat album and crushes the buildings again. Jay's verses on "No Church In The Wild" and "Shiny Suit Theory" shit all over the lyrics on LIG, but you dumb fucks wouldn't be able to comprehend them in a thousand years, the reason yall think Jay is not on Nas' level, which is a fucking joke in itself. Look a few comments below this and you will see the SAME Nas stans who jerk off to his decade old numbers saying Reks and Elzhi don't deserve to be mentioned alongside him, because they don't sell as much. WHAT??!! Yall be pissing over yourselves. There's not one Nas verse than can fuck with Jay schooling Lupe Fiasco (who is also superior to Nas) on "Pressure", but hey, Nas doesn't have as much success (despite trying for his whole career) so he HAS to better, right? Nas groupies (stan would be an understatement) and their fucked up perception, still riding the coattails of Illmatic (where he was crowned the best lyricist without famous features, only to collaborate with Trackmasters, Dr. Dre and Lauryin Hill on IWW), you'll never see a Jay fan solely bigging him up through Reasonable Doubt, because we don't need to rely on a 16 year old debut, other than Nas, Jay has been able to top his first album several times. LMAO.

    • Anonymous

      Jay-Z is my fav rapper of all time but dude above me has a point. LIG squats on every Jay-Z release since The Black Album. American Gangster is really close but LIG is a better album.

    • nickel

      the same masses also helped wayne do multi plat and songs like "starships" go platinum.. the fuck does mass appeal got to do with quality of rap music NOTHING YOU FOOL! life is good is a better rap album than jay has put out in almost a decade.. FACT

  • The Wasington Post

    The Best Album this year.

  • Anonymous

    Classic shit. His best album since Stillmatic. Now I now kno that Nas just dropped this classic and he also said he was working on something with Common, but can we get Nas to replace Kanye for WTT2? Yeezy my dude, and Common is too, but Jay-Z and Nas would be the definition of Watch the Throne.

  • YESSIR

    LIFE IS REALLY GOOD

  • Anonymous

    His worst since Nastradamus. Too many garbage R&B beats, too many soft ass hooks, too many sellout attempts, too many simpleton rhymes. Elzhi and Reks took this nigga's spot and are now humiliating him.

    • dockevoc

      Elzhi and Reks took Nas's spot as one of the greatest mc's of all time? I hadn't heard that, thanks for the update.

    • comachonvargas

      ^^^ Elzhi and REKS took Nas' spot? How did they accomplish that exactly? By remaking an album that was dropped more than 15 years ago and is better than any album in either of their respective catalogues? By going double wood and getting support from purists who only download music? How many years was Elzhi in the game with Slum V before he decided to make Elmatic? But yeah these two guys have completely overshadowed Nas you're right

    • Doubl Negative

      @Annonymous #3, Reks, no. But eLZhi is on the same artistic level as Nas.

    • Anonymous

      I love Elzhi and Reks (no Frank Ocean), but c'mon son their not in Nasir's class.

    • Anonymous

      Listen again my dude. Im not even gonna flame u. Just listen again fam.

  • deadend

    classic in my book

  • backwhen

    To call them fake today is hate, real niggas extinct Pac left me inside a rap world with niggas that's weak And other rappers, undercover niggas spit every way Won't be surprised if all their rides have federal plates Let alone their wardrobes are Studio 4 flow It was real when I appeared, it would've been some jaws broke Nas, my real name, stage name, same thing How could you let these claim king? I'm so ashamed, man I light a L for Vernon, for niggas who would burn in Hell For Vernon; 10th Street, 12th Street, Nightmare on Elm Street Pimps creep, delve deep inside the editorials Of the ghetto queens, kings, stories true Who possesses the testicular fortitude To blow away myths that's a hindrance to all of you? You blame your own shortcomings on section, race The mafia, homosexuals and all the Jews It's hogwash point of views, stereotypical Anti-Semitic like the foul words Gibson spewed And it's pathetic, I don't get the credit I deserve That's why I hate doing interviews But I don't sweat it, study long, study raw My man Deon said "Nas over-think the songs he writing" I'm not a wack performer standing behind a corny hype man I got the Donism, I'm here to enlighten

    • Anonymous

      ^^^It's sad when Jay stans don't lack comprehensions skills. "Who possesses the testicular fortitude To blow away myths that's a hindrance to all of you? You blame your own shortcomings on section, race The mafia, homosexuals and all the Jews It's hogwash point of views, stereotypical Anti-Semitic like the foul words Gibson spewed"

    • Anonymous

      Nigga's not even trying anymore, cause he knows his dickriders will eat it up.

  • reachout

    3:45 AM can't sleep, can't dream I'm stuck, money problems pop up How will I survive, guess it's best to decide not to decide So that's my decision Whatever happens happens I keep makin' my millions Can see myself in presidential campaign dinners But Im passing blunts around a bunch of gang members When youre too hood to be in them Hollywood circles And youre too rich to be in that hood that birthed you And you become better than legends you thought were the greatest And outgrow women you love and thought you could stay with Life become clearer when you wipe down your mirror And leave notes around for yourself to remember I like to teach and build With brothers about how easy it is to reach a mil All you need is some skill, then its grindtime Imagination better than knowledge, as Einstein Its all in the mind Nasty the nicest, Im somewhat of a psychic Just one minute after its heard You all excited, you all repeat it So call me a genius, if you didnt Now that I said it I force you to think it Write in my little vignettes, sipping Moet Bitch when you vision me, you vision the best When I was young they called me, Olus son Now hes Nas father, I was the good seed He was the wise gardener

  • Whereisthelove

    Sometimes I sit on the bench just to watch the game Feet on cement, there ain't a mobster living I could name Who made it out rich, in his absence I do not proclaim To not have a heart like wild animals not tamed Maybe just a typical thug nigga was my rank 'Cept I had a vision above niggas, what I think It's crazy how many brothers come where I come from Some made it out big, some dead, some unsung Shots for soldiers on 23 hours lock-up Younger generation, they want to mimic and mock us Laughing, separating themselves like they not us, like "Cops'll look at you like they look at me? That's preposterous" Ain't it gangsta how your man made it? I'm humble One gun, one crazy ass nigga, that's Jungle Now we having babies, cause growing up it was just us No uncles or cousins to fight with us, we was fucked up But still it was beautiful, the love is mutual Even though me and Jung ain't show up to your funeral I hold your son hand, tell him he the man, we love you Your pops was king, you have a whole lot to live up to The G is in your genes, already you tuck Inherit your dad's swag, it's George Jefferson's strut Stay flyest, they gon' want to know what in your diet Don't be surprised if they want to check your shit and your vomit Tell them you let it marinate, they swear you made them a promise No matter what they do, you just stay a man of honor I'm a street corner nigga, New York Knicks loyalist Corona sipper, pass it out, might blow it with you It ain't the Truman show; it's the human show Ask the F.B.I. agent at his cubicle Chews on his pencil eraser with intents to erase you Young brother go and get your paper, I got love Classic

  • Trust

    It's rare I listen to niggas who never been in my position A caterpillar can't relate to what an eagle envisions From the mind of a man who went at it with killers Sit down little man, let me school you in hood business Seen a lotta niggas blow, lotta dreams folded Some wasn't humble, ate too much, got bloated Ain't too much left to buy, bought it I'm loaded I guess Lear jets I ask myself do I need love or success? They say the artist that truly suffers he suffers the best

  • Luc

    I give this a 5/5 .. Classic album from the day it was released ... All you Soulja boy/Waka flocka fans need 2 stfu and start reppin real hip-hop, for my 90's niggas !! #LifeIsGood

    • ^

      All I see is hate. Yawn

    • Anonymous

      Do I need to link you to his BET appearance, where he praises Nicki Minaj as one of the greatest female rappers of all time? Or him promoting the shit out of Ross on his own facebook and Twitter pages? Or him appearing in Nicki's video, on Nelly Furtado tracks or the tracklist of the Carter IV, Rich Forever or Careless World??? Damn and you want to label yourself a fan? Damn, I thought Nas would have smarter fans than Rihanna.

    • ^

      good joke, hating ass nigga.

    • Anonymous

      Nas is proudly repping the so-called fake Hip Hop on every media outlet though.

  • YESSIR

    AFTER LISTENING TO THIS FOR A WHILE I GOTTA SAY YOU WAS WRONG ITS A 5

  • YESSIR

    AFTER LISTENING TO THIS FOR A WHILE I GOTTA SAY YOU WAS WRONG. ITS A 5

  • YESSIR

    AFTER LISTENING TO THIS FOR A WHILE I GOTTA SAY DX YOU WAS WRONG. ITS A 5

  • YESSIR

    AFTER LISTENING TO THIS FOR A WHILE I GOTTA SAY DX ..YOU WAS WRONG. 5/5

  • Anonymous

    Best album i heard all year. Still dont understand how Rick Ross got a 4 rating and Nas aint get higher

    • Real Talk

      Cuz your living in the 90's. Like Nas said on Locomotive.. For my 90's niggas

    • Anonymous

      Fucking insecure crybabies that need their opinion to be confirmed by others.

    • blackula

      Yeah, DX totally got it F'd up. Life is Good is an easy 5 if that repetitive garbage from Ross is a 4. DX has too many teenagers writing for them now.

  • m

    I think the comments on here prove Nas has one of the least intellgient fan-bases in all of music.

  • m

    The Most Overated Album Since Stillmatic.

    • VEST

      YOU AND WHOEVER AGREED WITH U R CERTIFIED CRACK BABIES YALL HAD TO BE IN SPECIAL CLASSES AND IF U WERE THEN U GRADUATED CAUSE THEY PASS EVERYBODY STILLMATIC IS 1 OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER

    • Anonymous

      Another Nas crybaby that feels offended by a comment about his hero. Cry yourself to sleep, fucking bitch.

    • Anonymous

      All of you are idiots.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Both are overrated as fuck for being halfway decent albums after Nas put out pure trash for years before them. His stans highlight the highs of this album while they completely ignore the wack tracks on there.

  • oof oof

    5 mics, 5 stars, 10/10 best album of the year best album since gods son . all that grammy nod would be nice

  • jameil rashad

    nas life is good #classic

  • Doubl Negaive

    Half of this LP will only appeal to homosexuals and white girls. I'm not hating on those kind of people, but they're already catered for by Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift ect. When that kind of music contaminates hip-hop, like the horrible, un-listenable, insipid R&B tracks on this record, the core hip-hop audience feel neglected and rightly take umbrage with these types of tunes. Nas not being able to pick beats doesn't hold weight when the first track off this record was the excellent Nasty. If Life is Good was filled with songs of that calibre, he could finally say he has worthy successor to Illmatic, but alas, I'm afraid this is another fail for Esco.

  • lawrence

    top 5 albums in order

  • lawrence

    1) Illmatic 2) IWW 3) The Lost tapes 4)Stillmatic 5) Life is Good

  • Cha Boi

    im sorry but this some lame n*** garbage up in here. only one hot track... well let me say . one hot verse. its with the boss, rick rozay. hate on me if you want but nas been in the game too long. hes old. tired. give the crown up to a new king. ROSS. like he said. everyday im hustin. believe that its cha boi

    • Anom

      You need to find the nearest bridge. Preferably close to your parents house. Tie a rope to it and around your neck and back flip off that shit. You're the only one around here sucking Ross' dick hard.

  • RealHiphop360

    This is such a great album Nas sounds so hungry. 4.5 / 5

  • jason C

    Hip Hop Classic...Best Album in years

  • Holla

    Nas did a great thing. Can't believe it's only 4 stars. His 5th classic imo

  • Anonymous

    Really like Nas he's a legend will be remembered in Hip Hop for a long long time... hate his dickriders.

  • wishworks

    Yep number one and well deserved. Nas made a album that brought the best out in it showed through in his lyricism, which had to have a vintage 90s sound, because that's when Nas had his best material in my opinion. Hunts Saalam(Fugess), & No I.D.(Common) & justice League. Don't why Premier or Q tip didn't appear on this album being they still mike Bangers (Q tip produce That's my bitch on W.T.T.)But not at all disappointed, in fact quite shocked how really good this album is, it managed to capture the old and make it current love this album

  • D-man aka Dj Deshun

    Perfect Five

  • so so def

    Nas fans, like Lupe fans, stay gassed...

  • Anonymous

    Solid album from the greatest rapper of all time. As with any Nas album, it comes down to the beats and the production here has peaks and valleys like most Nas albums. Happy with the finished product. Everybody seems to want to compare their favorite rappers with Nas. This is a testimony to what Nas brings to the table lyrically. One of the most consistent, one of the best flows ever and a true poet. I give it a 4/5 personally. This is grown folk music tho.. It is a personal record... but there is something there for most of us to relate to. Plus it's nice to have an Amy Winehouse appearance. They really had some good chemistry.. it's unfortunate she isn't around anymore.

  • 1017 D-TOWN

    DAMN I BET ALL YOU NAS FANS ARE ALL HURT BECAUSE THAT HIDDEN TRACK WIT HIM N FRANK OCEAN DIDNT APPEAR ON THE ALBUM...I KNEW NAS WAS ON THE DL

  • Anonymous

    If the situation was reversed and Nas was going plat every album and Jay was struggling to sell 150k these fucking, disgusting Nas stans would be posting 100 comments a day on about how Nas is selling more than Jay. But since it's their hero who is selling less, it's sales don't matter, but let's congratulate Nas for his weak ass numbers nonetheless.

    • ^^^thisfag

      If the situation was reversed and Nas was going plat every time? Uh moron nearly 90% of his albums have gone platinum LOL... way to know what you are talking about Could give a fuck about the sales when the album is a classic... but I know how much you Jay stans LOVE counting the next mans money It took Illmatic years to go platinum... but yeah I know mainstream opinion based on sales is an infallible indicator of quality... puts Vanilla Ice and Nelly in the top 5 no question

  • Anonymous

    Summer '88, or was it '89 Or was it winter-time, ah, nevermind I'm in my room, boomin Drawin LL Cool J album covers with crayolas on construction paper I'm trying to fuck my neighbor, I'm tryna hook my waves up I'm tryna pull my grades up, to get them saddle lace ups Before Le marc was Jacob, before them girls wore makeup Before my voice would break up, before we'd tour them shake clubs Before my mama wake up, before my palms would cake up Before they told me they love me and we'll never breakup Before the time she makes love, to someone that I thought was, my homeboy But boy, was I wrong, now I don't budge, don't want much, just a roof and porch And a Porsche, and a horse and unfor-tunately But of course an assort-ment of tor-ches that scor-ches the skin, when they enter Intru-ders, whose tutors did a lousy job How's he god if he let's lucifer let loose on us That noose on us won't loosen up but loose enough to juice us up Make us think we do so much and do it big Like they don't let us win, I can't pretend But I admit it, it feel good when the hood pseudo-celebrate Hence why every time we dine we eat until our belly aches Then go grab the finest wine and drink it like we know which grape and which region it came from As if we can name em, hint hint, it ain't um Welch's Hell just fell three thousand more degrees cooler Ya'll can't measure my worth But when you try, you'll need a ruler made by all the Greek gods Because the odds have always been stacked against me when back's against the wall I feel right at home, y'all sitting right at home All Kelly green with envy while I'm jelly beans descending Into the palm of a child, looks up at mama and smiles With such a devilish grin, Like "where the hell have you been" She yelling that sellings a sin, well so is telling young men That selling is a sin, if you dont offer new ways to win A dolphin gone shake his fin, regardless if he gets in Or out of water, most important thing for him is to swim And flipper didnt hold his nose, so why shall I hold my tongue? (I miss the days that Ov and Market Hole had scowl on his arm?) And I set off these alarms, when cameras snap snap snap snap Return fire, pa-pa-pa, pa, pa-pa, pa, pa, pa Theyll learn why, near privacy, so essential They won't make no laws, I break their laws till they see out our window I take the fall to make them all treat human kind more gentle Forsake them all, I hate them all, dont like em dont pretend to Yea something tells me, we aint in Kansas anymore All that shit that used to be cool aint cool anymore All the women you been pursuing, now they want more And they deserve it all, dont settle for what aint yours Damn, Nas, you have just been topped with a single verse.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah right. Let's continue to act like dudes along the line of Three Stacks, who outclasses Nas in every aspect of rapping while being more successful, don't exist.

    • dockevoc

      3K passed Nas like 10 years ago, dude...let Nas get his shine on

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Nas ain't gonna thank yall for defending him and Hip Hop has always been about competition or didn't Nas himself say "Eminem murdered you on your own shit"?

    • Anonymous

      Andre 3000 ain't gonna thank you for dickriding brah...

    • C-Baz

      @anonymous...ill verse homie. Andre 3000 is one the most underrated greats of all time. He is a top ten lyricist. However why did you feel the need to shit on Nas' though? Check out your irony cuz...you put an ill Andre verse on a Nas post about his new album. Are you that insecure homie? You couldn't enjoy Nas' success? Put your verse on an Andre post to show your love fam. Give respect there it's due.

    • Curious

      When did it become fashionable to dick ride Andre 3000?

  • Joe' Kim

    The album is awesome.why not five stars to be honest.Thank you Jones.No bubble gum rappers next time e.g Rick Ross no.They can't adhere to the concept of the track.out

  • Buttaman

    Five Stars easily. This is the best Nas I heard since Illmatic. May be even better. Flow, subject matter, beats, passion, versatility, everything. Outside of Rick Ross's out of place verse (rappin' about being rich on a song about accidental murder victims?) there's no week points.

    • Anonymous

      R&B beats and hooks are the flaw, I was hoping he would go for a rougher sound, still a great album though. Still, I hope Nas will give us at least one album of him just rapping and going all out over fire beats before he retires. We got enough concept, substance-filled albums from him. I want something along the lines Take It In Blood, just a pure skill demonstration.

    • Anonymous

      R&B beats are the only flaw IMO

  • spidey17

    What with all these old heads still crying about some beef from 2000? Get over it, Nas & Jay-z careers wont be defined by some beef. Have some respect. Listen to the music or fuck off

  • i'm at work and bored

    what a breath of fresh air. Love this album

  • comachonvargas

    To that Killah Priest cockblower: Nas first verse off Street Dreams remix shits all over any verse you posted and any verse in KPs career. Oh yeah... that is a b-side remix with R Kelly off the Illmatic to Stillmatic remixes disc... and Nas has like 30 verses better than that one To that Jay-z assclown: STOP w/ the revisionist history 'oh Jay ethered himself w/ the Supa Ugly diss' bullshit. Notice how the root word of the verb you used is 'Ether'? LOL... ask Em, Jada, Fat Joe, Beans, HELL THE WHOLE ROC TEAM WHILE JAY WAS SITTING IN THEIR PRESENCE... Jay got bodied. Not too mention him crying on Hot97 like a little bitch... 'Ehh... (sob) (sob) that was just far man... very vulgar' GTFOH. Ether not factual? Guess Jay never was on Nas' jock for samples and features on albums he later claimed to be wack, guess he didn't constantly bite BIG while claiming to be better, guess he never said he did tae bo, never got roasted on Renegade, never took the blame for stabbing Un Rivera. On another note... GUESS NAS NEVER DISSED JAY ON HIS OWN TRACK Right... actually all of those things happened... and apparently 1 hot album in 10 years is factual too, even though IWW is as good as or better than any disc in Jay's entire catalogue... LOL Fuck off with your tired rehashing of the beef anyways cause no one cares... WTT? BP3? Kingdom Come? I got weed plates on my coffee table that get more play than those wack ass discs... but at least Jay is staying relevant by having Kanye carry his washed up ass LOL... plus dropping heat like that '3 KINGS' verse right? That shit makes Oochie Wally look like a classic LOL... Hov is in my top 5 but keep his fucking name out of this thread... I know you Jay stans are feeling sensitive since Nas dropped another classic... you realize you can like both MCs at the same time right? OH BEHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAVVVEE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH choke that rod til it pokes out the back of your threat fuckboys

    • AZ >>>>>>>>>>>> Nas

      "Play the game for my people stay in charge of your dreams Keep your vision focused, get wise, and largen your cream Marketin' schemes, so many in the dark that's unseen Caught inbetween, perhaps rap was a fortunate thing Forced to be keen, from hustlin', supportin' them fiends Bustin' guns, I had no remorse as a teen Rockin' birth stones, my first, get bent nurse the dome It hurts to zone, now I realize I'm on this Earth alone Time ticks, devilish minds design tricks, leave you blind quick Cause you to die behind shit, Math-e-matic Master one twenty, I'm Asiatic Amazed with magic, cuz it's illusions that made me savage Life change once you establish the right game Love the night rain, found a new way to fight pain Clocks never stop, It's all a race to the top Tryin' to freeze time, that's why I ice the face of my watch" "Laid back, I ran into some brothers from way back Those I dug we hugged, besides that, black, I don't say jack I stay in tune with the sun, stars and moon 'Cause behind bars you're doomed if your mind can't consume" "Plus spiritual pain can bring forth physical reign And without knowledge of self how else can a criminal change? And bein' locked up just ain't the life for me shit is way too trife for me You're comin' home soon, sounds so nice to me" "Yo, it's hard to show resistance when money-gettin' niggas Need my assistance to stock figures, beyond non-existence Fuck keepin' my distance, 'cos bein' poor produced persistence Plus plea's, a hundred G's, I had me blockin' out of jail centers I'm recognized by the illest of individuals Killers and criminals, even willies that's really into jewels But still septic on who I cling to 'Cos every single nigga that swing through Ain't my man just 'cos we mingle" We ALL know that Nas will never jump on a track with AZ again and that has a profound reason. Or what about Saigon? "Suckers could not survive without philoso-phy When somebody dies, you see why I'm not suprised? Had a plot to rise since I looked in the doctor's eyes Since I started drinkin milk through what's homogenized I would strive with or without a pops to provide Moms still cries 'cause she fell for a crock of lies I try to teach her to fight her fears I try to teach her to wipe her tears" "he drama's pitiful, lil' niggaz is homicid-ical Couple meals ago, shorty was eatin through his umbilical Now he feels he unkillable, shit is all amazing The wrong altercation'll leave his ass with a long abrasion I try to make my life de-focal through rhymes These niggaz do vocal booth crimes, I shot niggaz multiple times You sold a few dimes, but when you rappin, you the crack king I sold it to whites when you thought it was just a black thing I'm filled with this realness, rappers happen to lack it I'm flabbergasted you got a platinum plaque for that wack shit All the real gangstas, they on their way to bein dead or in jail They don't make records to sell" "Why am I mentally filthy? Why is pistols being concealed and issued with criminal tendencies that relentlessly got me? Why is it 99.9 inside of me highly sheist and enticed with beef? Why is it hard for me to think that I'll probably die in poverty? Why the police authority only fuck with minorities? Why is there black blood in thugs arteries? Why does the cold part of me, got me loving crime whole heartedly? Why is the federal bureaucracy prophecy locking me? I cop a ki rock a commodity lockin ya property Stockin monopoly properly, why the vodka be knockin me? Why hypocrisy tryin to rob me of my philosophy? Why does the pyrophobic fear fire? Why the CIA wear wires? Saw the messiah sharp as the eye of Jeremiah And it's ridiculous niggas solicite this Why does wickedness breed the foul in me? Why the ghetto mentality?" "Why the cop'll shackle a theif? Why not a week of national peace? Why am I being followed by sorrow, shadows of greif? Tackle a preist blow the chapel and the tabernacle a piece Cuz lying is a act of the Beast Pitiful they slander the Biblical Lock us down in the land of the critical Why aint none of us analytical? Am I a man or a miracle? Infectin' the Western Hemispherical With deadly lyrical thats incurable Why the media players protray us as crack-weighers? Why is it gonna take black mayors to turn the Mac sprayers to tax payers Get at me with that, I spit facts naturally black You dont know the half of me, Ask" Since you always jock off to Nas' lyrical skills, just wanted to remind you that there are so many rappers besting him in own lane. Oh, I just wanted to save you from posting some G Rap verses or remind you of "Live Or Let Die" that SHITS ALL OVER IWW!

    • My minds a museum filled with microphone exhibExplainits Of rhymes that I write that look like pictures

      "Nas first verse off Street Dreams remix shits all over any verse you posted and any verse in KPs career. Oh yeah... that is a b-side remix with R Kelly off the Illmatic to Stillmatic remixes disc... and Nas has like 30 verses better than that one" You just can't hide your cumguzzler mentality, huh? Go buy "Heavy Mental" off the Amazon marketplace for a few bucks, close your windows and start to COMPREHEND real lyricism before you spew out some bullshit again. Killah Priest MURDERED Nas on "Gun 4 Gun" and "The Saints" with his vocal performance and his lyrical content. But I guess that's the root of your madness, huh? You get depressions for every single time Nas has been taken to school by a far superior rapper, that has happened very OFTEN and you know it. You still know A to the Z completely outshining Nas' other 8 songs with a single, barely one minute long verse. Or Cormega murking him on "Affirmative Action" Or Nas deciding to scrap his verse off "Desperados" after he was humiliated by Canibus. Thank god that Nas was never dumb enough to jump on a track with O.C. or Eminem. That spared us all another embarrassment. "Examine the logic, that contaminates projects, and turns men into inanimate objects" "Its kinda frigid and heat is hells parallel, as modern day pharaohs dwell, with gang leaders controllin the streets from a narrow cell" "Shootouts, drugs, liquor stores, broken projects where niggaz jet D's predict the war, I jog up my steps I hear "Freeze nigga hit the floor" y'all from my rest I dropped my keys someone clicked the door I jumped in the apartment I swear my heart left that time I dodged death I said "God Bless", salute the gamblers, "one," shuffled up a card deck Ran in the room, dice game going on Ice chain, folded arms, niggaz in the cipher one dude low Throw dem bones across the floor 'cause my thoughts of wars is going fast I ran, frantic, panic, damage, I paint sandscript across my canvas Outlandish, watch the constellation take shape My conscious elevate like binoculars, eye on the great space probing Along the face of the deep, to below on Earth Where the cops chases the creeps and the thiefs Priest lead us out of hell like Moses Pass the snakes all the vultures, the Greek sculptures On the court buildings, chalk ceilings We cross revealings, The Lost Children They keep oppressing us, this the exodus Cops arresting us, so press ya luck Peace and togetherness forever kid It's operative, we free our heritage Flee from devilish and habitat, black on black crimes & crack Nines we clap, they cuff your wrist behind your back The ghettos infested with drugs and police A wino with no teeth, rose and said "Priest go preach" He had flames in his eyes told me it wasn't from wine Open his arms and showed me a sign Then read my mind said "Yeah I looked familiar" You saw me when you stared in the mirror Dropped off his dusty blanket And what was standing there was a King ancient Royal rose with diamonds and rubies, Gods beauty Life's truly, a blessing in my essence Priest, I slid the lid back off my coffin This happens often, before I start speaking I start coughing Then I said "I'm back with another classic called The Offering" It started storming and hailing, the church start railing The preacher falling over the pew People know the view I'm writing lyrics, while fighting spirits They poking pitched forks, I hook a lip gloss, smears on my cheek She threw a kiss soft while trying to stick a dagger through the Priest" "Is it my cage I'm in? Is it the rage I'm in? Why they degrade my skin? This way I pray Amen I say my prayer while I'm looking at the guns flare A victim fall while the innocent young stares" "The night's a dark lord well dressed seducing our sun Upon the dawning of her full day he usually would come Galloping upon his winged horse Leaving trails of stars across the planet the night scene of New York Comes to life with lights pubs clubs with thugs Mobsters gangsters criminals dealers with drugs Loud music crowds are moving up and down blocks In and out of spots cops watch for a foul shooting So how we moving my soul scour through the clouds Where the moon ah sit Like the wise owl searching through a gloomy mist 6 will bring a casket down to its tomb Another child gets pushed through the uterus From the womb we're intuitive Eternal peace or damnation depending what we do with it A genius or a lunatic A general or a fugitive it's essential" "Who's the greatest king? Now y'all know Surround by souls that may be from the Dark Ages They tell me things Right before I dart my pages my art's contagious Like skills from parts of Asia God like paper found on my desktop Y'all searching for the best well the best just drop" "So read your horoscope in the bars I wrote Priest the project ghost I show you tales of shootouts in the cosmos Hold my rhymes like a tarot card close "Look" see the black prince that wears a dark cloak Looks kind of Goth though In Heavy Mental I showed you my art growth Look at my silver sword swinging in the calm snow But in my imagination these fallen snow flakes Could make the globe shake And leave craters in the earth that rotate This one's for Israel revolutionary fist held Both legs impaled by the devil's dagger I stagger Let off a clip then fell I lost my grip slipped in the pits of hell my crown fell off Down a hole grabbed by a million tortured souls Burning flesh as they tore through my clothes This arch angel stood my body up Lifeless but righteous handed me a pair of cuffs Alright then the sky cut with streaks of lightning I ran into 'em Like a Bison eternal fighting forever" You suck off Nas storytelling so much, right? Go listen to Fashawn, Blu, Elzhi's "Talking In My Sleep" or Vakill's "The Apology" on YouTube that shit ALL over Illmatic.

  • mr. tibbs

    In this Maybach/Young Money world Nas' sound is such a relief from this bullshit we call music. The 90's feel is present in every track and every track is a well verse delivery of poetry that NONE of the artist of today can accomplish. The art of story telling or grio is a talent, to be colorful and put you in the situation. Any rapper can talk trap talk, or talk about street situations or swag but Nas makes poetry Hip-Hop. Lil Wayne sucks balls, Rick Ross I wish he would die from bad pussy but Nas is the truth. Music is art and this is the embody of that. 5 stars all the way. Fuck the radio I will not listen.

    • ^

      You're thinking of Rick Ross.

    • Anonymous

      But he has been on the fairy tale trip since IWW or can somebody direct to the criminal record of the international-active druglord also known as Nasir Jones?

    • Avihs7

      I agree, 98% of all rap played on the radio is straight garbage. Havn't heard the album yet, but i know who nas is and he don't make that fairy rap that is put out in todays market

    • Anonymous

      Why does Nas lower himself to work with the peoeple he accused of killing Hip Hop though?

    • i'm at work and bored

      amen. I guess hip hop ain't completely dead yet.

    • Anonymous

      "(Cause this is my pain) Dear auntie I still feel your timeless sorrow Before you died it's like your body was mine to borrow Like I jumped in your physical shell While you was going through miserable hell saying goodbye to tomorrow Everyday it make me sad, angry, mad how you were sent to heaven sacred path Duct taped and gagged plus raped and stabbed body draped in blood what a faith to have Such a pitiful end I'm popping Ritalin like they skittles cause When I sleep I can feel it again and again and again it's difficult Killing is the wickedest biblical sin I'm talking about momma's identical twin I see your face when I look at her Her reminder of how I've been in the cold Since 14 years old Swear to GOD I'll probably be in heaven when the pain stops Til then all I'm hearing is wind and raindrops. (Rest In Peace Chacha)" "These niggas aint never seen dough They cant dream though I bump into em in between shows People say Im emo, what that really mean though? Is though the song cant breathe I actually make it seem so I lost loved ones because they couldnt deal with me Cherish whoever still with me though the marriage be killed in me Normally its just me and my lonely mind Everyone storm is different so this forecast is only mine Fans recognize my misery uplifted me Shifted me to my epitome, guess the curse is a gift to me Maybe its serendipity, maybe its weighing on me physically Maybe I should man up and tell God not to solicit me Been medicated, meditated Sedated, hated Character assassinated, all theses years I masqueraded Hard headed, if it was on my mind I had to say it Tongue on the devils pitchfork to see how disaster tasted Rap is fabricated, rappers are so exaggerated Wouldnt be scared of the truth if they werent castrated Grab a mag, spray it, surrounded by people to shoot it before me Better unconditionally love my beautiful ugly Now lemme speak to who I cater to Would you love me to sang before my weeks were not favorable Promised to maintain being unique but relatable All while suffering from a disease that could do away with you Poetry on the beat, spoken-word for the masses Therapy over pro-tools, every word is on acid Consonants on Kush, every vowel is blunted Highly wanted this whole organization privately funded This is bigger than the Eiffle, this is alert to public Had a cop us by our tunnels and our bridges with the rifle Sentences meant to stifle, this is a man aching This is the dam breaking, contraband in the making This is panic unveiling, got potential but I never met it He be trying to come over, it seem like God wont let it Either he never got my invite or he jus dismissed it But if all Im hearing are the sounds of blackness, why am I pessimistic? Youll never progress if youll never try All I ask, let every word I birth never die My wings spread, but when Im at the sky Weather didnt change like I thought and had me petrified." "I do it for the seeds y'all, in they formative years when they need y'all we gotta believe, in what we conceive y'all, it's deep y'all I give them the truth, so they approach the situation, with ammunition I keep nothing away, they hear everything, cause they know how to listen Teach them the game, so they know they position, so they can grow and make decisions, that change the world, and break old tradition They put kids in jail, for a life they ain't even get to start that's murder too, and it's breaking my heart, it's breaking our nation apart We gave the youth all the anger, it's just we ain't taught them, how to express it, and so it's dangerous You can't talk to them Unless your language is relating to what they going through so busy ignoring them, you can't see what they showing you And you wonder, why we called baby-daddy's and baby-momma's when we grow up, we can't act like adult mothers and fathers, yo"

    • Anonymous

      The WORST Killah Priest verse >>>> Nas' best writings. "A homeless man smiles at me showing no teeth A young man laying dead in the cold streets He was a victim beaten bad by the police And everyday another funeral there's more grief And everyday I like to pray when I see the Sun And if there ever was a Lost Tribe we the one And every hood there's a project with us in it The old man in the dust going nuts finished Years before they use to say "You use to own business Caught them on tax, I guess you're black, you gotta know you limit" And everybody tried to be Happy someway I think of dinners in the winter on a Sunday And everybody's poor but we always pull through it 'Cause of Marvin's influence, we always played his music My Pops said he was a Trouble Man courtesy of Uncle Sam Then I hit the streets then start hustling But I could see my Grandma when she dressed for Church Her style is hat, white dress with the matching purse And I could hear her sing aloud with the choir marching in With the face of joy, proud 'cause her heart's with him And she could live everlasting and pure peace No longer worried eyes, speaks to him before sleep And I stood by the door when she came at me She said, "You gotta endure and learn to be Happy"

  • Anonymous

    GO G ET IT: GFID: http://kat.ph/rick-ross-god-forgives-i-don-t-deluxe-edition-t6532372.html

  • Nas vs Jay-Z

    Let's make it clear. Nas definitely won. Jay-Z has admitted it multiple times. However, Takeover is still the better track. I love it because Jay made Nas stop acting dumb...and he succeeded (hence, Stillmatic). Jay had legitimate disses (taking the 'presidents to represent me' line) and the beat fit with the style (swagger, bravado, king, etc.) Ether was just really dumb. No, Jay-Z is not gay. No, he does not like penis. No, he's not homosexual. At this point, you may have noticed that the preceding statements were all about homosexuality. Exactly. Nas just called Jay-Z gay all the time, and in today's homophobic world, it works. On the other hand, Nas accuses Jay of saying that he was better than B.I.G. (well in my opinion he is, but whatever). The point isn't that Jay thinks he's better than B.I.G. He's just saying he's the best who ever did it. If anyone claims that they're the best who ever did it, they're claiming that they're better than Biggie. Nas has claimed he's the best several times. Should he Ether himself? (actually he should...that would be funny) And so what if Jay-Z got killed by Eminem on Renegade? AZ killed Nas on Life's a B*tch. Plus Eminem made the beat, so naturally he would be better. Well after Ether, things just get really dumb. Jiggaman made the Supa Ugly freestyle over one of Nas' beats (Got Urself a Gun...), and that was quite a bomb. It was way out of line and made so many stupid points about Nas' closest friends and relatives that Jigga Ethered himself. Lul fail. So if Jay-Z didn't Ether himself, he would have won. Godd*mnit Jay. oh yeah and ether's beat was made by ron browz, who is some pro-autotune f@g grrrrrrrrr 392ht0gg

    • C-Baz

      My top 10 MC's no particular order Nas, Kool G Rap, Ice Cube, Jay-Z, AZ, Big L, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Andre 3000 and KRS-One.*

    • C-Baz

      @And since you infatuated with sayin tha gay shit Yes u was kissin my dick when u was kissin that bitch: are you still living in 01'? Yes that WAS a hot diss, but a poll on Hot 97 that time voted 58% for ether, 42% for Supaugly. New York had Nas' back homie. Jay-Z wanted to be on IWW, I Am and Nastradamus. When he was snubbed Jay went on the offensive like a bitch. Now before you accused me of being a Nas stan, recognize that I hold both Nas and Jay dear and both are in my top 10 MC's: Nas, Kool G Rap, Ice Cube, Jay-Z, AZ, Big L, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One. The point I am making is both MC's made serious bitch moves, period. Stop magnifying Nas' without acknowledging Jay's because you will be guilty of dickriding and staning. Think before you speak, and let both legends live. And what does Jay marrying/dealing with Beyonce have to do with Jay-Z rapping ability? You really are a Jay dickrider.

    • And since you infatuated with sayin tha gay shit Yes u was kissin my dick when u was kissin that bitch

      "I dont have a scratch on me You feel Jay soft Rip jay off" "I'm tha J, tha A, to the fuck this broad This nigga never sold asprin How u escobar? Had to buy you're chain back tha last time u got robbed The nerve of this coward nigga....(Oh My God) And all rap rumors are induendo I bring them to you live Lift up ya window Let tha public begin to see your dirty laundry Ya'll dont want me to continue(Oh!) Super Ugly" "Me and tha boy A.I. got more in Common than just ballin and rhymin Get It? More in Carmen I came in ya Bentley backseat Skeeted in Jeep Left condoms in tha baby seat" "You thought I was boning Ranette You calling Carm' a hundred times I was boning her neck You got a baby by that broad You cant disown her yet When does ya lies end? When does the truth begin? When does reality set it? Or does it not matter Gotta hurt that I'm ya baby mama's favorite rapper And ask your current girl She know whats up Holla at a real nigga" "And y'all buy the shit, caught up in the hype Cause the nigga wear a coofie, it don't mean that he bright Cause you don't understand him, it don't mean that he nice It just means you don't understand all the bullshit that he write Is it "Oochie Wally Wally" or is it "One Mic"? Is it "Black Girl Lost" or shorty owe you for ice?" To end all that, Jay SIGNED Nas. Jay got Beyonce wearing his chain. Nas was left by two whores who both admired Jay.

    • Anonymous

      She look like nas you idiot. Hate when niggaz say dumb shit.

    • Anonymous

      JAY-Z WON HE WAS SPITTING FACTS GO LOOK AT NAS DAUGHTER AND ASK YOURSELF WHO DO SHE LOOK LIKE AHAHAH

  • K Wods

    Best album this year by far! Im glad to see him back on that level

  • Jordan

    I enjoyed this album a hell-of-a lot. Iw rote my own review. Check it out when you can http://thestixxclusiveblog.com/2012/07/21/life-is-good-the-stixxclusive-review/

  • Posted

    Nas now is the best of best. Album of the year

  • Anonymous

    Good lookin' out, young don! You know we waitin on ya album, we got the summer bangin! @rickyrozay from Nas' twitter. There you got ya "real" rapper. LMAO. Nas stans stay catching L's. The groupies of him stand up harder for his made-up principles than he himself does. Unreal. Nas ain't got no stans, he got groupies like KISS in the 80's. Problem is, they're ALL dudes.

  • realtalk

    Nas 1st rapper to have #1 Album in 3decades Nas 1st rapper to get XXL rating in 3decades Nas 1st rapper to get 5mic rating in 3decades [fingaz crossed] 90's / 00's /10's

    • Chicago Rilla

      But you're a sad troll that goes around making sadistic/sarcastic comments that exude negativity. KRS-One sd you're not doing hip-hop, You are hip-hop. I'm proud of Nas, he spit reality raps most of the time & dudes three decades in still making wonderful music

    • Anonymous

      I hope you played a part in creating this album, otherwise you're just a sad piece of shit that lives vicariously through the achievements of another man.

  • Anonymous

    EMINEM IS DA GOAT LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD... WHO HAS IMPROVED WITH TIME? WHO ALWAYS TAKE A BIG FAT DUMP ON EVERY SINGLE TRACK HE IS ON? WHO HAS NEVER BEEN OUTDONE ON A TRACK?

  • anti-stan

    think yall will find alot of teenagers that believe Nas is the GOAT and that Illmatic is the best album of all time. Let me say this: These fucks know NOTHING AND HAVE THE NERVE TO FELL ELITIST, they just REPEAT what they they heard. I have heard hundreds, no - THOUSANDS of tracks that STRAIGHT UP MURDER anything Nas EVER did lyrically. That yall haven't heard these tracks says more about yall than Nas. Just because yall are Nas/2Pac/Eminem fanboys, doesen't mean that these are the best - just that you are a dumb and ignorant fanboys.

    • Anonymous

      if you think someone is the best thats your opnion what makes your opnion better than anyone elses you twat

  • peter

    Dude is officially up there for most overrated of all time, NOTHING about what's he's doing is special in any kind of way, whether artistically nor rapwise. GTFOH with this dude even being in the consideration for the GOAT title for a 9 track album where the best producers of that time played a bigger part than him, nobody with so much inconsistency will never be the greatest of anything. If you think he rhymes good, I can only tell listen to some underground rappers

    • Chicago Rilla

      Nas is one of the most consistant artist of all-time, I love mos def & Busta Rhymes but those are inconsistant artist. Nas is top 6 dead or alive. Pay Respect where respect is due. You dissing nas is the equivalent of a basketball fan dissing Hakeem Olajawon!

    • babz

      so and to trap music same beats baby school ryhes shit that you like stay away from nas dick fool

  • Otis>>>>>lifes a bitch

    jayz - $500mil nas - $6mil in debt numbers dont lie

  • So Icy Boi

    shit beat, shit lyrics, shit production. hey nas, take a hint. 5 letters: YMCMB ignorant ass nigga #swag

  • yadig

    nas f***in sucks!! The guy is a phony man. I dont care what kind of trash this guy puts out...he lost my respect when he got exposed for what he is years back. I cant take anything he says seriously man. Straight garbage. nas haha give me a break!

    • Avihs7

      i agree, only other rappers in todays market that compare are wu tang, jay z(but i wouldnt call Jay z a better rapper just a better buisnessman)eminem(but hes gotton soft) and thats about it rap used to be good, now its turned to wack radio garbage(pitbull,waka,florida, etc

    • Anonymous

      only active rapper on nas's level is jay-z chill with all the nas hate.

    • Anonymous

      Who cares? Much better than "I'm on my Lilo & Stitch" and "cheap as limousine liquor".

    • babz

      i got 10 bathrooms i can shit in all of them fuck that sheet oh sheet that must be ur best line

  • tony yayo

    Ok let's face it, nas back in the day had a few good songs, but come on dude just admit that your shit ain't saying shit. I still believe jayz is a better rapper, performer and business man than nas.

  • lo1

    lol @ these fucking losers cheering this sellout bitch. he proudly appears in nicki minaj's video and features her and you idiots have the fucking nerve to call him real??? lmao.

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z = uncontrollable hustler's ambition, networth of 450 million, 14 Grammys, 11 number 1 albums, beautiful wife and family, countless historical verses and performances, huge influence. Nas = horrible flow, uneven discography, several failed sellout-attempts, wifed two whores, broke, pays child support for a daughter whose embarrassing him on twitter, works with Young Money after accusing them of destroying Hip Hop, stops working with his weedcarriers because he's in fear of getting destroyed on a track, goes from the africa-loving social empowerer to the violent, drug-dealing, crime-glorifying don, signed to his arch enemy to be left 4 commerical dead.

    • Avihs7

      Just to let u know i own both cds(the one with takeover and the one with ether) Nas diff, 100% blows jay z away, not even close, but to your other point. Jay z is the better buisnessman not the better rapper

    • Anonymous

      Countless historical verses? lol Nas owns him even on American Gangster or the Black Republican track. Why does Jay Z always get outshined by anyone who appears on a track with him if he is so great?! Slim on Renegade, Kanye on that Alicia Keys joint about New York.. the list goes on. AND why is this review thread for Nas' album mean Jay Z has to be mentioned? Jay is popular sort of how Lady Gaga is popular. Case in point, if you own a Gaga CD you might be a Jigga fan also because you are into what the radio plays. Plus he came at Nas like a ho, subliminal diss.. Nas hit him with real facts and called him out by name.

  • SALES MATTER!!

    600 posts for this trash? hahahahaha, this album will be luck 2 sell 1000 copies 1st week

  • trippin

    nas said Hiphop is dead, yet he works with minaj and wayne? ahahhahahahaha

  • Ricky Rozay

    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new biggie. BAWSE!!!!!

  • ahahhaa

    if nas is the goat, why didnt he jump on the renegade track with Em? coz he knew he'd get murked on that song just like hova did

    • Anonymous

      Em might be the most technically gifted rapper of all time, but Nas' and Jay's music >>>>>>> Eminem's.

    • Chicago Rilla

      eminem has become so inconsistant and annoying the last 8 years, he has more pure talent than Nas or Jigga, but they've gotten the mostr out of their talent unlike em in terms of quality.

    • Anonymous

      that was emeinem song he took royce off and added jay-z verse because eminem wanted to get on the blueprint album but him and jay-z didnt have time to create a original song

    • Anonymous

      He got murked by Cormega, Killah Priest, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, AZ and Jay. Fuck it, even Ross and Wale bodied him with ease.

  • anon

    Nas has bitten many rappers, he stole Tragedy Khadafi's style, he stole lines from Lord Finesse, he's a poor mans Rakim, he sounds like Kool G Rap, he's used more Rakim lines than ANYONE else - he even wrote a song about Rakim's personal life including talking about his children, he jocked the Mafioso rap movement as soon as Jigga made it popular, he stole Tragedy's shoutouts from the Rebels, he CNN's 'thugged out' style, end of story

    • C-Baz

      I think anon its hurt that Nas has a good album right now. Rae, Ghost, matter of fact Wu-Tang, Nas and AZ is who started Mafioso rap fam. BIG followed suit and blew it up because he was more commercially successful. Since Jay was under BIG's wing, he became successful with the Mafioso persona. Jay wanted to be on Nas' albums...using Nas samples. I like Jay and his contribution to hip hop he is top seven to me but Nas' is better lyrically. Nas is top three, period.

    • Skylivedk

      That is just ignorant. Cuban linx kid. Birth of the mafioso rap. GTFOH with him jacking Jay-Z's style. BIG and Jay bit the Chef and Nas. I don't get why you are even posting when this is not about Nas as a person, but a specific album. Have you listened to it???

    • Anonymous

      Word. Nas is the biggest and most phony piece of shit out there. Fuck this fake ass sellout and his made up bullshit stories. Fucking loser caught a devastating L for thinking he could fuck with Rakim though.

  • Jay>nas

    Jay-Z is a LIVING LEGEND! period. Proof: if he died tomorrow there would be hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of so called "haters" coming out the closet saying he's the greatest of all time, etc. etc. To be as commercial as he is and still embody hip-hop is amazing! People who look at underground rappers as "real" hip-hop don't understand that those rappers want to be JUST like Jay-Z.

  • eugene snead

    hip hop excellence

  • Anonymous

    nas made a drake album

  • Anonymous

    the only classic rap album of the 21st century is grodt

  • Anonymous

    His best since It was written. My number 3 Nas joint. Finally, something with substance. Sick of this bullshit comin from down south with the exception of Killer Mike.

  • HM

    Good album through in through can't stop repeating the intro song hard as fuck. That's how you start an album off just get right to it. I'm glad I didn't hear all those same types of beats that we hear on every new album that drops now a days. Nas always pushes the limit and brings something that will last forever LIFE IS GOOD!!!

  • .wh

    so apparently hip hop aint dead?

  • Anonymous

    "Just because we still listen to old music doesnt mean we arent moving on" You made some good points, and I too dust off older albums and give them a listen. In some cases, the older stuff can be better. Its Dark and Hell is Hot still sounds good today, but that said, I think some people think every album today that isn't Illmatic sucks. No wonder sales are low. People don't give most albums a chance to be good, cause they compare them to Wu Tang, or Nas, or Pac.

  • Anonymous

    "lol anon got steamrolled" If you're talking about yourself, I agree. You've been getting smacked around extra Ike like for months now.

  • HNITH

    Classic Album. No doubt. But According to DX, this is on par with Big Sean's Finally Famous? Smarten Up DX. THis shit is a 6/5 if Big Sean got a 4.