Hmmm….what can I say about New York rapper Nas that you don’t already know? After all, he’s sold 30 million records which means he is much more famous than many of the artists on our website, and most people know all there is to know already. Well, how about this: He has a vinyl version of his 11th album, It’s called Nasir, which is his full first name, but I guess you know that last bit, huh? Kanye West has produced 7 of the tracks. We expect this to be big. LP on Mass Appeal/ Def Jam.
Vinyl LP £21.49 6781674
Heavyweight vinyl LP on Mass Appeal / Def Jam. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with 8-page booklet.
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6/10 Tom 10th January 2019
I feel like people who love the art of rapping should love Nas, even if his career has been a bit hit and miss. His legendary and rightly-considered-a-classic debut Illmatic was the perfect marriage of hive-mind producers and Nas' cold, poetic flow, and while this album-long alchemy has never been repeated on any of his successive albums, he remains an incredible rapper, far superior to Jay-Z, his one-time NY rival.
I had very high hopes for Nasir, his collaborative album with Kanye West, because their previous collaborations have always been good ("Still Dreaming", "We Major") but was left slightly disappointed. On the one hand we get a mercifully succinct album (it's 7 songs long), and some of the beats and the rapping are very good. But something about it just didn't click. Also, while the Slick Rick sample on "Cops Shot the Kid" is a novel idea, it completely swamps and distracts from Nas' flow - a very odd choice from the Wyoming-era Kanye. Worth a listen, as are all Nas albums, but nowhere near his best work.
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