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God's Son
God's Son
Price: £4.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Stillmatic, but this time more hip-hop, 17 Dec 2002
This review is from: God's Son (Audio CD)
God's Son is a more mature album than any of Nasir Jones's previous efforts. The title of his latest instalment to the Nas series suggests there is a religious/spiritual undertone to this album, this is not entirely the case. Nas has not left all his deep thoughts and militancy on Stillmatic where he vents his frustration on issues such as oppression, poverty, racism & realism. Songs such as "Heaven", "Thugz Mansion" (featuring 2pac) and in particular "Revolutionary Warfare" demonstrate his effectiveness in voicing his opinions due to the emotive language he uses. Another heartfelt song "Dance" is a tribute to his mother who recently passed away. Apart from the songs mentioned above the rest of the album is real hip-hop. The beats, tunes, production and rhyme style are what hip-hop is all about, and this album has it all. "The Cross" (which happens to be produced by Eminem) and "Made You Look" in particular are excellent hip-hop joints. Nas' new album seems to be the only current well known rapper's album around representing real hip-hop, whereas Jay-Z's "The Blueprint-2", Xzibit's "Man vs. Machine", Ja Rule's "The Last Temptation" and Snoop Dogg's "Paid The Cost To Be The Boss" all seem to have major elements of commerciality, pop & r'n'b contained within them. In conclusion God's Son is a few touches more underground than Stillmatic, but it's this fact may cement his place as the best, realest and most intelligent MC of today. Jay-Z may be the self-professed Sinatra of rap, but the fact is Nas is the best MC in rap, and that speaks volume. - Usman Majid


Better Dayz
Better Dayz
Price: £11.20

4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER DAYZ IZ A GOOD ALBUM, 7 Dec 2002
This review is from: Better Dayz (Audio CD)
I have found this album to be suprisngly well polished in contrary to his other 5 post-death releases. Most tracks off his post-death released material sounded like tracks which were nowhere near good enough to being released on his living albums. But with this album "Better Dayz", this is reminiscent of his "Makaveli: the don killuminati 7 day theory" album, so this speaks volumes for the album. It's as though there wasn't enough room for these tracks on the Makaveli album, so i feel this album is a legitimate album which 2pac may of wanted releaseing as it showcases his talents and thoughts. The album has already breaded some classic tracks which already rank among his best. Tracks such as "My Block" and "They Don't Give A **** About Us" are deep meaningfull tracks, while tunes such as "Thugz Mansion" and "when We Ride On Our Enemies" are getting back to 2pac's typical best. All in all this is an excellent album although you still feel a few of the songs aren't good enough to be on this album, but many tracks are good, so for any 2pac fan, particularly for those who liked his Makaveli album, finally a legitimate follow up to it.
R.I.P Tupac Shakur


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