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on 18 January 2005
There is no doubt nas is the greatest rapper to have walked this planet and an incredible musician, there's no stopping this man, i just wonder where he gets his ideas from. When hip hop is going in one direction, you can most certainly rely on nas to turn it round. Lyrically, nas is in a league of his own. BUT DO NOT BELIEVE THESE FOOLS WHO THINK THIS ALBUM IS PERFECT OR THE BEST EFFORT SINCE ILLMATIC. Whatever nas does, he will never get that illmatic flare, but his music and lyrics are maturing in spirituality.
This album provides a good variety of tracks, but like most 2disc albums there are a few skippable tracks. However, there are a few bangers, the obvious, briging the gap, the excellent remix of theive's theme with the uk's own rising son - check out rising son's first few bars 'this is the theives theme, for the underground criminal street teams...' sick track!! The inccredible virgo, where I have to admit, even though being a die hard nas fan, ludacris outshines him on this track, maybe just because his quirky southern charm suits this excellent beatbox beat by Doug E.Fresh so well (for those of u that don't know, Doug E.Fresh basically invented beat boxing - a true hip hop legend). There are a few awful tacks with the horrible raspy voice of 'scarlett'. Overall this is a wicked album, with great producers L.E.S, Salaam Remi, Q Tip, Chucky Thompson and Buckwild, BUT SOME OF THE BEATS ARE VERY WEAK.I would most definately have liked to see a wider variety of producers, especially for such a long album. Where is DJ Premier? Where is Alchemist? Havoc?
A VERY GOOD EFFORT FROM THE KING OF HIP HOP COULD DO WITHOUT SOME TRACKS, SOME BETTER PRODUCTION. LYRICALLY - 50000/10. BEATS - 7/10. JUST A NOTCH OR SO BELOW THE LOST TAPES, GOD'S SON AND STILLMATIC
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