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5.0 out of 5 stars
Ya boys shinin'........GODS SON, 21 Nov. 2004
I personally think that this album rivals Stillmatic, the supposedly next best album to the legendary Illmatic. The beats on the album range from soul/funk breaks(Get down, Revolutionary Warfare) to moody/raw baselines and strings (The Cross) to chilled out emotional instrumentals (Dance, Thugz Mansion, Heaven). It is on these type of songs (Dance, Thugz Mansion, Heaven) that the album comes into its own. Nas' lyrics are sharp throughout but his words on these songs transpire into beautifully emotive poetry - conscious and retro-spective on 'thugz mansion', mourning on the loss of his dear mother (R.I.P Miss Anne Jones) on 'dance', and powerful and thought provoking on 'Heaven'.
All of the songs on this album are of the best Nas has ever produced, and put 90% of the other rappers in the game today to shame. There are only two minor down points, 'zone out' - due to the quality of the guest appearances and the uninspiring 'hey nas' which is slightly off point and unrelevant to the rest of the album. Overall though this is a superb album which deserves 4 and 1/2 stars, although it is closer to 5 than 4- note the score.