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on 17 December 2002
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
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on 9 August 2008
This album proved to me that Nas was, is, and always will be a cut above most other artists (in the entire music scene).

At the time in their careers where most rappers are either contemplating retirement to enjoy their lives with the proceeds of mediocre lyricism, or pushing half-hearted efforts out to bump up their bank balances and add another plaque to the wall, Nas gives us this classic. From the long list of quality albums he's made, this one stands up near the top, only being bettered by Illmatic. The lyricism is once again flawless, educational and not material-obsessed and misogynistic like other hip-hop artists. Heaven, Made You Look, Get Down: brilliant tracks, and the beats are fantastic as well, which is something Nas albums aren't usually known for.

For 2002, God's Son has, in my opinion, a slightly old-school sound to it that sets it apart from other works of the time. The album, like the artist, doesn't work to reap the commercial benefits. This is one of the few 2001-2002 albums that I won't be letting gather dust. If only I'd bought this when it first came out...
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on 2 March 2003
RELEASING HIS latest album, ‘God’s Son’, Nasir Jones should finally silence his critics, resurrect his once failing career and claim back the crown of New York from commercially driven opponent Jay-Z.
With ‘God’s Son’ Nas has reverted to the street poet so evident in his first two offerings (Illmatic, It was Written), detaching himself from the pop-rap tendencies apparent in his albums ‘I am’ and, more damaging to his career, the market driven Nastradamus.
‘God’s Son’ is a testament to Nas’ talents and his ability to recapture the fans from his first two offerings and draw back the disillusioned fans that tired of his commercially driven antics.
‘God’s Son’, Nas’ sixth album includes the talents of Kelis, Claudette Ortiz (of City High), Alicia Keys, the Brave hearts, and Tupac.
‘God’s Son’ is Nas’ most heartfelt and truthful album to date, focusing largely on his relationship with his mother, such as ‘Dance’ a tribute to his deceased mother.
His songs also contain a message, be it, ‘Dance’, ‘Last real n**** alive’ a tale of the state of hip hop, his career and the reason behind his well publicised beefs, or ‘I Can’ a song preaching the ancestry of African empires, and the European aggression that dominated it.
Nas’ most creative track however must be that of ‘Book of Rhymes’ in which he leafs through his notebooks reading excerpts of verses written throughout his career, some which work, some that fail. However the way in which it is done and some of the rhymes heard illustrates Nas’ lyrical genius making his inspired content unmistakable to the ear.
Also featuring the production talents of Salaam ‘The Chameleon’ Remy, Alchemist, Alicia Keys (‘Warrior Song’) and Eminem (‘The Cross’), and excerpts from songs such as the James Brown track ‘The Boss’ ‘God’s Son’ contains not only excellent lyrical content, but delivered over mesmerising beats where words and beats intertwine to produce Nas’ finest album since Illmatic.
‘God’s Son’ is a must for all hip-hop devotees. The real Nas-‘God’s Son’ has risen and has come back to snatch the New York crown.
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on 24 October 2006
Nas has had one of the most respected careers and has delivered on every album.He is the only rapper to have never sold out and has always remained true to his roots which more than can be said for Jay-z, Eminem, 50 Cent etc.This album is absolute top-drawer hip-hop.Nas cannot be beaten in lyrically by any rapper alive or dead.Unlike most "rappers" today, Nas has a high degree of intelligence which comes through in every song.He doesnt just rap about guns,girls and cars either which is always a bonus.The opening song "Get Down" is a highlight with Jazzy beat to it."Made You Look" is a hip-hop classic with a real raw street sound to it and excellent lyrics."The Cross" is incidentally produced my Eminem but it isnt the best track but Nas still excels over a pretty average beat.The highlight for me is "Book of Rhymes" because he basically just spits awesome verses and then discards them as trash when in fact they are technically better than any verse i have heard from anyone in the past 3 years.Another highlight is "Dance" which is sure to leave a lump in the throat of even the hardest "gangsta" out there in which he raps about his dead mother.However, every track is pure hip-hop its not any crunk bullshit like you hear today.This album shows Nas to be the best of the best and certainly the best rapper who ever lived.
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on 19 March 2003
I listened to this album and must say i was quite impressed. Can't quite place where i have heard the background music to the first song "Get Down" (was it in Lock, Stock?), but it's a good opening. I originally thought "I Can" would be the best track on the album, with it's catchy background and up-beat lyrics (even if they are somewhat over-optimistic!). However, I though "dance", the penultimate track was stunning in absoloutely every sense. Lyrics are amazing and genuinely thoughtful. The background tune is also catchy but the lyrics are SO amazing you won't really notice! Quite somber, but i would buy this album just for this song and I'm a poverty stricken student! Other tracks are comparatively plain, however, and fail to live up to such consistency as Adam F's Anti-Acoustic Warfare album or Dre's 2001 - though this is a very high standard to set! In conclusion, this album is a definite one to buy.
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on 16 December 2002
Nas could truly be described as an enigma. It could hardly be believed that back in 1999 the blatant commercialism of "Nastradamus" could've been produced by the same man who had created such a hip hop masterpiece in the form of "Illmatic" (1994). All hope was lost for the man once known as Nasty Nas.
Fast forward to 2000.
The rejuvination appeared very low key - on a guest appearance on "The W" on "Let My Niggas Live", where flickers of the old Nas had fainlly appeared, repreising the old chemistry between Nas and The Wu Tang back in 1995 on the classic "Verbal Intercourse".
Then the well publicised beef with Jay-Z over the rights to the moniker of "King Of NYC", which subsequently produced the best out of both artists, Jay Z's "The Blueprint" and Nas' almost miraculous ressurection on "Stillmatic".
Nas Escobar was no more. Nasty Nas had returned. However, after the rumours of Nas signing with the all-singing, all-dancing chart flash of Ja Rule and his Murder Inc cohorts, Nas' reputation and integrity were in doubt with many fans. Would Nasty Nas make way for Nastradamus on this new release?
Forget that.
Nasty Nas is here to stay. "God's Son" opens with a rousing James Brown sample on "Get Down", narrating street scenarios reminiscent of "Ny State Of Mind". "The Cross" is an Eminem produced track which comes off slow and menacing, allowin Nas to steady his flow and blast R&B rappers "f*cking up the game horribly". "Last Real Nigga Alive" displays an ambient yet terse beat that chronicles everythign from the formation of Wu Tang to Raekwon's rivalry with The Notorious B.I.G. over biting. (Raekwon had accused Biggie of copying Nas' Illmatic cover on Biggie's debut LP "Ready To Die".) Jay-Z isn't left alone either, a chilling line is reserve especially for HOVA. "I Can" containts a beautiful piano sample and a very wholesome message for children, with an uplifting chorus also.
Other standout tracks include "Thugz Mansion", with Tupac Shakur letting loose a verse from beyond the grave, over a gentle acoustic guitar. "Book Of Rhymes" showcases Nas' old rhymebook as he flips through pieces of verses over a mellow, blunted Alchemist beat. What makes this song so original is as soon as he thinks a line is weak he flips the next page to start a brand new verse. "Dance" is an ode to Nas' reccently deceased mother Ann Jones, asking her for "one last dance". This track is truly a tear-jerker, with a sorrowful beat and a haunting, anguished horn solo from Nas's father, Olu Dara.
The album signals the return of one of the greatest hip hop artists to have ever put music on wax. Amazing song concepts and storytelling pack this album, and is perhaps his most complete piece of work since "Illmatic", and even in some departments even surpassing his debut. Unlike Stillmatic's rushed production, the beats on this flow seamlessly toghether, and most of Stillmatic's weaknesses have become God's Son's strengths. "God's Son" is Nas' most emotional and innovative material to date, you'll be hard pressed to find a better album this year.
Nasty Nas sits on the throne again.
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on 3 April 2003
This is a must buy album. It features fantastic performances from Nas. You may think because of the title it is a bit too holy but it's not as bad as you would think. One of the best songs on the album (in my opinion) is Dance. It is a song about his mother who ,sadly, passed away. Another great song is Thugz Mansion featuring 2pac. This is about heaven and is a great song if you listen to the lyrics. This album is an absolute must have in any hip hop (or any music) fan's collection. I reccomend this album to anybody who loves music.
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on 11 January 2003
Nas was just 18 when he released his knockout debut ' Illmatic' the best hip hop album ever in my opinion. 5 studio albums later with his best album since Illmatic, Nas releases God's Son which once again shows his lyrical ability which is on a par with any other artist in the world. He shows are a more personal side to him with songs about his deceased mother. Combing his underground nbeats with his smooth rapping once again proves fantastic. Nas lost his crown as The King Of New York' to Jay-Z but now he has definetely won that back without a doubt. This album is a masterpiece and should make Hip Hop historuy. It opens with a great opening track, 'Get Down' (5/5). The next song is a track produced by Eminem, 'The Cross' and this is probably the best track on the album with a really heavvy beat(5/5). The club anthem 'Made You Look' is the commercial but still incredible track(5/5). The Last Real Nigga Alive is a simple beat but his lyrical wizardry comes out as he speaks about his relationships with the Late Biggie Smalls and his feud with Jay-Z.(5/5). After an incredible first 4 tracks, it is let down by 'Zone Out' which is a rather poor song featuring the Bravehearts who Nas hasd just signed up to his record label but they can't rap(2/5). Hey Nas is a good chilled out song featuring the voals of Kelis and City High(4/5). I Can is a strange song but does work very well, it combines his rapping, children singing and an Exorcist style piano(4/5). Book Of Rhymes is a good song and he sings about a book of rhymes funnily enough(4/5). Thugz Mansion has 2 Pac singing on it and it is an amzing song with an amzing chorus with just an acoustic guitar in the background(5/5) Mastermind is a fairly good song but nothing special(4/5) Warrior Song features Alicia Keys as is one of the best songs on the album(5/5) Revolutionary Warfare is another good song(4/5). Dance is one of the most emotional songs ever in Rap music, and is about Ann Jones, Nas's mother.(5/5) The final song features Nas speed rapping but it ain't too great(3/5). Overall you must buy this album, it was the best album of 2002 without a doubt and one of the greatest albums ever.
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on 21 February 2004
This album isnt as good as illmatic but there arent too many albums out there which are. This album is brilliant. Made u look, hey nas, thugz mansion, ge down are all awesome. The beats are hot but Nas's flow is ridiculous, he truly is proving to be one of the greatest ever. You must own this!
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on 10 November 2015
Good album, engaging and thoughtful lyrical content. I prefer albums that flow more conceptually, such as Illmatic, but it's a great achievement and Nas's flow is as impeccable as ever.
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