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The Old Nas Returns
Life Is Good - Nas
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Life Is Good - Nas
Advantages: Some Great Tracks, excellent flow and lyrics
Disadvantages: A couple of not so great tracks
Nas returns here with his best album since Illmatic and one of the best albums of the year. Now as a big Nas fan, for me it will be hard to ever top the Illmatic and this album although very good, does not do so. Don't let that put you off though, as this album is a turning point for Nas and after a few mediocre albums over the last few years has proved that he still one of the best rappers in the game.
The main subject matter revolves around his relatively recent divorce from singer Kelis and he has made a conscience effort to go back to his style from his early albums. His rapping had become slightly more commercial lets put it, and I for one never thought he would go back to this sort of rapping. Old school beats with the Nas swerve from Illmatic. I heard someone else say that this has a very nostalgic feel to it and I couldn't describe it better myself. As usual I will review my favourite tracks from the album.
Life is Good
The first track I heard from the album, and the moment I knew Nas was back with a bang. It features Mary J Blige who is as great as ever. Vocally she is excellent and nails the hooks whilst Nas nails the flows in the raps. It is the catchiest track on the album and very upbeat. The lyrics are also very thought provoking and he talks about how rich he is which makes it hard to maintain his routes. Also he spits another awesome liar, about how it's awkward that he has become greater than the legends he grew up looking to. I highly recommend youtubing this track.
This track stands out the most as it features the late Amy Winehouse. They recorded it a couple of years ago and it is great to hear Amy's voice again. I can't say I was her biggest fan, and definitely not of her drug fuelled lifestyle, but she has a unique voice. With the 80's style beat you cannot ask for a more complementary voice. Nas hits the ground running here, and whilst the flow isn't as smooth as Life Is Good, it is still equally as effective.
This one has a bizarre hook, with a slightly electronic sounding woman. Clearly they have added some effects to the voice, but it all adds to the track. This track I love due to the lyrics, rather than the beat. He raps so many puns and rhymes everything together with topics ranging from tax brackets, going to hell, relationships. It is like a million topics all rolled in to one song, but essentially it relates to Kelis as most of the album does. I could be wrong though and it could be another woman. The beat is quite mellow and simple at the same time. If anything I would describe it as haunting, especially with the hook. Definitely not one to lighten your mood.
Overall this is a solid album, and has a number of great tracks. Even some that could have made the cut for Illmatic, but that album is one of the greatest albums of all time, so nothing was really going to compare, and I can't even compare this album. However it was great to see Nas back to his old school flow and long may it continue. He needs to forget about making tunes that appeal commercially and continue to make tracks for his true fans that have stuck by him through the 18 years since his debut album.
Summary: If you loved Illmatic, then you will love this