August 20, 2018

Nas - Nasir (2018)

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Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman
Instead of being received as Nas' 11th album, Nasir arrived in a blur of Kanye West's design. The instant the EP-length set was issued, it slotted into place as the fourth volume of "the Wyoming sessions," a series of like-sized releases with West involved on every song, recorded primarily at a ranch rented by the producer. Preceded in consecutive May-June 2018 weeks by Daytona, Ye, and Kids See Ghosts, Nasir falls into Nas' chronology six years after Life Is Good. During the dry spell, Nas tended to his legacy with a documentary, expanded reissue, and PBS-aired orchestral performance of Illmatic, and made guest appearances on at least three dozen numbers, including DJ Khaled's "Nas Album Done." On that track, Nas evidently wasn't referring to Nasir, a set that could not have been complete, not with its references to later events, from Colin Kaepernick's protest of police brutality to the unlawful arrest of two black men at a Starbucks. Rather than playing out like a mercilessly edited, up-to-date album with all fat removed, Nasir resembles rotting offcuts bundled with some fresh standouts to placate a fan base expecting a major statement. A prevailing quantity of the tracks is either forgettable or regrettable. Nas often sounds unenthused -- surprising given that most of the beats evoke a degree of agitation -- and is occasionally boorish, writing "pre-bate" and "slayed" into one couplet and detailing violent sex in another. (All this on material released only a few weeks after ex-wife Kelis accused Nas of mental and physical abuse.) Even with West's emetic mention of "fake news," "Cops Shot the Kid" is the highlight. As a Slick Rick sample loops continuously to reflect recurrent tragedies, Nas paints vivid street scenes of joy, fear, and ultimately terror: "White kids are brought in alive/Black kids get hit with like five."

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5 comments:

  1. This should win album of the year imo. Nas is my favorite rapper of all time.

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    1. Really? I haven't kept up with Hip-Hop like I used to but I don't know. I'll be honest here love, I did not like this album at all. Kanye as a producer lost his touch during the late 2000's and he does more harm than good here. Nas is still very good but it's not enough for me. Personally, 2018 was very disappointing for Hip-Hop, even for the commercial releases. Too much filler with no substance sums it all up for me.

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    2. Nah, I thought the production was on point, and Nas was perfect for it. But hey, everyone has opinions.

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    3. Well no, it has nothing to do with Nas. It the album as a complete project that I don't like. If Nas had recorded this in say, 2003-2005 where Kanye was making noise as the next sought after producer, it would have been another story. Kanye post 2007 has been all over the place. I don't know. Maybe he's yet another casualty of the "Kardashian" plague. He's just off.

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    4. Joe The ShowDecember 27, 2018

      agreed baby girl i like nas too but i dont have rose tinted glasses on this album is trash! kanye did a terrible job here and i dont care if it is Nas that dont make the album good by default.

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