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Nas

Release Date: July 15, 2008

Album: Nas (Untitled)

Rating: ★★★★½

Review: All the talk about “Nas is back” is ridiculous. He never went anywhere. This album is the same Nas that his been with us since Illmatic. “Street’s Disciple” and “Hip-Hop Is Dead” were both expertly crafted albums with bluesy, jazzy tracks and that classic Nas storytelling delivery, you just might have missed them. But Nas’ newest effort is much different. Its controversial, its political, its God’s Son, Nasty Nas, Nasir the great reminding the rest of the hip-hop world that a pure rap legend still lives. The album, originally titled “Nigger” and supported by a Nas + DJ Green Lantern mixtape titled “The Nigger Tape”, has been surrounded by a storm of controversy. Nas underwent criticism from his label, the NAACP and Jesse Jackson for his choice of album title and was ultimately forced to change the title to “Untitled” or the self-title that now appears “Nas.” You can watch a YouTube video of Nas responding to some of the controversy here. Unfortunately, the controversy and the somewhat repetitive message of this album does detract slightly from what is otherwise another very strong album from the Queensbridge rapper. After a very impressive lyrical exercise on the Intro Get The Money, Nas drops the most fire track on the album You Cant Stop Us Now. It is simply and unreal sample and lyrics… an instant classic. RZA and Inspectah Deck sampled a similar track a few weeks ago on RZA’s “Digi Snacks” album. The next track to listen for is a spacey jam featuring Keri Hilson titled Hero. Nas takes some shots at FOX News, Comcast and Bill O’Reily on the track Sly Fox, warning listeners to “watch what you watchin, Fox keeps feedin’ us toxin.” The track N.I.G.G.E.R. is also worth listening to as it has some real heads-up political and socioeconomic commentary. One of the better tracks on the album Fried Chicken features Busta Rhymes and has some nice horns and jazz guitar that kick in at about 30 seconds into the song. The last song on the album features a Tupac sample “Although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to have a Black President” and then the chorus “Yes we can…. change the world.” The track, titled Black President is an obvious reference to Barack Obama’s ongoing journey to the White House. One track that is dissapointingly absent from the album but appeared on the mixtape is I’m On featuring DJ Khaled and produced by Cool & Dre; It’s straight fire but didn’t make the final cut. One reviewer (Mykhall Douglas “Myk”) says it best:”This album is simply classic. That’s all you need to know. If you’re not feeling the intellectual depth of this album, go pop in your Soulja Boy album.”

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  1. Greg O.
    July 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Great review. Couldnt agree more. Listened to Im On and also cant believe it isnt on the CD, maybe it was a sample or something?

  2. October 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    100% agree with the review. Nas has been cutting it up all along. He is simply focused and taking intelectual rapping to a new level with this album. Instant clasic, 5/5 stars, greatest rapper alive!!!! I thoroughly enjoy America, Hero, Fried Chicken and Black President. Album could do without We’re not alone though, kinda odd lyrically….
    Overall, one of the superior hip hop albums to come out for along time.

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