on 24 August 2006
foreword--- if you die before you experience this you have not witnessed mankinds greatest lyricist SIMPLE, no this is not an album full of technical vocabularly that will annoy you, its the slickest most illest composition of lyricism over beat PERIOD. ILLMATIC is another story altogther (another classic) but im here to talk about IWW.
the intro is nice, nas acts out a slave scene, hes a slave and he is fed up and he tells his slave friend and they uprise and someone gets there ass whipped, (a bit disjointed from the album, but however a different profound intro) this then fades mysteriously into him and az (his friend and fellow rapper, his collection is worth a look) they chat about basically nothing it sounds fresh, then nas finishes with a very nice statement, hes tone changes more serious''in the qaran it says nas, and nisa's the woman, it was written'' he is ready to do what he has got to do.
very long verse mostly bragging, but he does it with aplomb, highlight, 'theres 1 life, 1 love so there can only be 1 king'
the first of many many stories, (shooting incident)
'' a thug changes and love changes and best friends become strangers'' that statement is as equal to anything shakespeare ever created.
3. street dreams
a nice single, to be honest its only drawbacks are
1. 2pac has his own version
2. nas did not need to create the chorus as its a straight take from eurthmics.
1st verse- nice shines in 1st verse its due to the standard nas has set himself, his diction is magnificent.
wow, wow he is warming up now,
''2 sips from being alcoholic, nine hundred and ninety nine thou from being rich, but now im all for it''
slick verse, what more can i say
4. i gave you power
this song is more illmatic style, he tells the story of a gun and its experiences, but not just that he puts so much life into the gun you would think it was licing. the idea is not original because pharoah monch did it first.
1st and 2nd verse set the pace ill verses.
3rd verse has a sick twist, i wont give it away.
5. this is a mellow tune, something to smoke 2, we are approaching one of a few apex's in lyricism on the album, basically the lyrics dont get much better then this, WOW WOW WOW.
from the second he starts its incredible, higlights include,
''its mandatory see that p9ssy they hand it to me, i got no game its just some bi9tches understand my story''
shakespeare would be proud
my movado say seven the god hour thats if you follow tradition started not far from the apollo' anyone who knows about malcolm x would understand.
mini story, jealous friends is the subject. so slick, just listen and the picture is painted in your head
6. take it in blood
this song is a little experimental in that it is either nas is writing the song as he is some mafia gangster or my assumption is he is high as a kite on something and he is spitting some of the illest wordplay that only a mind high of drugs could create. intoxicating.
the whole track is a complete quotable, it is poetry at its highest form, it is hard to comprehend because the diction is irregular, amazing,
7. nas is comin
lyrically as good as the previous 6 tracks, lots of qoutables, but the production of dr dre lets it down, the production is good, nas murders it lyrically, chorus is the worst of the album.
8. af action
everyone should know this song, mafia style song with the firm, az, cormega, foxy, Beleive it or not nas actually wrote foxy browns verse. ill song.
9. set up
this song starts a section of the album were nas spits a lot of stories. ill track, produced by havoc of mobb deep,
he tells te story of these 2 girls he gets 2 set up these other guys. ill story
10. black girl lost
a nice welcome break in the album, changes the tone of album slightly to break up the stories surrounding it, light hearted emotional he talks about black girls that are emotionally lost, it really shows hes growing maturity, he lays the song nice,but you can tell he is within himself and he sounds like he is only giving 80% of his ability on this track. still very ill
under rated you might skip it the first time you play it, but its a gem, lovely wordplay, the 1st verse is amazing, its very much like a director explaining a movie to his lead actor very descriptive. 2nd verse sounds very much like take it in blood style, its braggy, and i would probably guess that this verse was not written for this track he just had it and thought it sounded nice, it sure does.
this is a mini verse starts off beat. to be honest i dont know exactly how to make sense of it, its more of a show off of his lyricism as he goes into overdrive on the lyrics part and forgets that the listeners brain might not be able to understand hes advance thoughts.
this is a superbly detailed 2 part story song, it sounds like a mini short story to be honest, this story shows off his story telling ability best, 1 story about a chic and a fed, another story about a gun shootout. amazing on the lyrics.
13. live nigga rap
this song is more thugged out then anything, and i guess is for the grimey cats features the mobb, nas still comes intelligent, but compare this to the other songs in the album and it doesnt stand out to me.
14. if i ruled the world
ill, a superb musical composition, i dont think you can compose a song that sounds more natural than this, its his big single off the album, the lyrics are actually amazing, he doesnt dumb down 1 bit, the 1st verse is far superior to the 2nd verse so a lslight inbalance to the song makes u feel empty, im just being picky though,
15. silent murder
you only get this track if you buy the europe or uk version, usa versions dont contain this song
as good a song as any in the album, comparisons to take it in blood are obvious, its a little bit more synical and darker. lyrics are amazing
i have to give percentages to distinguish between the levels of illness achieved, every song is ill but some are just iller then others.
beat content wordplay
1 intro -
2 message 93% 92% 97%
3. street dreams 90% 93% 97%
4. i gave you power 94% 97% 94%
5.watch them nigs 95% 96% 97%
6. take it in blood 97% 91% 98%
7. nas is coming 84% 86% 97%
8. af action 94% 92% 93%
9.set up 95% 97% 98%
10 black girl lost 91% 95% 86%
11 suspect 85% 90% 97%
12 shoot outs 94% 98% 94%
13 live nigga rap 90% 88% 93%
14 if i ruled the world 96% 97% 96%
15 silent murder 96% 90% 96%
for lyricism it doesnt get better then this, the only time he sounds human and matchable is when he raps on black girl lost, overall content is good a bit braggy at times, lyricism is as sharp as as a machete, beats are good some people say the production isnt that good but i like it.
this is nas at his lyrical peak, so he is able to tell stories with amazing vividness, it was written is a very adequate title