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Emotional, Detailed, Vivid Hip Hop by the G.O.D.
on 18 December 2002
This was a big suprise. Stillmatic was good, but this was a revelation to me. In "Get Down" nas once again proves that no one tells a narrative quite like him. Its followed by the eminem produced "The Cross" one of the highlights of the album. Nas tells it like it is- he paved the way and influenced a genration of aspiring rappers. Its his burden. His Cross. The beat is supplied by Eminem ,very simplistic but so effective. It works. A classic nas cut. Next "Made you look" this is such a dope track . A cut that can be played in the clubs but is in no way an overly commerical track. Next is the "Last Real Nigga Alive" in which nas takes us back to the early years of his career and his rivalry with B.I.G and Jay z. It also explains his relative absence from the rap scene following "It Was Written"- he had to tend to his sick mother (who died during the making of this album). Other standouts are "Revolutionary Warfare" and "Warriors Song" with alicia keys. "I can" is a history lesson for us all. Alot of people say it could have done with the kids chorus but its not all that bad.One of my favourites has to be the Alchemist produced "Book of Rhymes" which has Nas reading fragments of his rhymes from a scrap book before discarding them , turning the page and starting on another rhyme. He does this frequently on the track, and its a fantastic "concept" song. Concepts are not new for nas. On "It Was Written" it was "I Gave u Power" where he rapped from a gun's point of view (which likely influenced 2pac to write "me and my girlfriend") and on "stillmatic" it was "rewind" where he told a story backwards. The cut people are not feeling is "Zone Out". its not bad. the beat is original and dope and nas drops some great rhymes- too bad jungle and Wizz cant keep up but then again who can with nas? "Hey Nas" is an enjoyable little ditty with kelis, and the emotional "Dance", a dedication to his mother must rank as one of the most moving cuts ever in hip hop. Nas has been a victim of his own debut which forever marked him out as one of the greatest of his generation. I also have to send a shout out to Salaam Remi. He provides the beats for about 5 of the songs on this album. If he doesnt become hot property after this album it would be an injustice. The BONUS cd is a bit of a disappointment- theres just a picture slide and some new cuts but where are the interiviews with nas??. videos?? it seems pointless. However the songs are ok- "The G.O.D." is fun, "P***y Kills" could have done with less of the misogyny because it does warn us about the dangers of unprotected sex. The freestyle wasnt as dope as i was expecting but its not wack. with this album he has come full circle. He can now state his case for being considered the greatest of all time. Tupac will always be an icon, but for sheer lyrical ability nas has very few peers. Thank u Nas.U have restored my faith in hip hop.