Six years ago, Nas released his album and single “Hip Hop Is Dead,” let’s consider his new album “Life Is Good,” the resurrection! All real 90′s hip-hop fans can appreciate this breath of fresh air coming through their speakers.
The album included collaborations with Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Swizz Beats, and even the late, great, Amy Winehouse! There’s literally something for everybody!
Did anyone else feel as though they owed Nas tuition money by the end of the album!? He took this new generation to school! On some tracks it even sounded like Nas was taking shots at the new hip-hop artists implying that they don’t live the life they rap about like the greats before them had.
On more than a few tracks (especially “Bye Baby”), Nas referenced his ex-wife, Kelis, both subliminally and upfront. It’s no secret that his relationship and marriage with the R&b singer changed him as an artist as well as a person.
The album’s single “Daughters,” painted the picture of a man’s daughter being treated the same way he treats his women. Although it didn’t have the hottest beat or most catchy hook, it was real, personal, and relatable! The storyline had twitter going crazy with men admitting their fears of having daughters and karma paying them a visit!
“Life Is Good,” was a deep album and probably won’t get the recognition is deserves because it doesn’t feature many “radio”/mainstream songs. The jazz beats and slow vibes aren’t necessarily a recipe for a club hit, but what’s most important is that the music is so genuine with the old school flow we all know, love, and miss!
Overall, another job well done, four out of five stars, for “Life Is Good!”
words by: Maya Brown
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