Nas tenth album “Life is Good”, is hard thing you cannot dispute this man’s place in the upper echelon of hip-hop it self and regardless of everything that spit on this album. Nas may have been wearing his emotions on his sleeve but still it’s how you come out on the otherside of it. Nas proves early on the album from his problematic year demonstrated on “No Introduction” (produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) to the potency of “Nasty” (produced by Salaam Remi) all show various sides of Nas on this multifaceted album.
When you get to throw back stuck in the 90′s like Loco-Motive featuring Large Professor (produced by NO I.D.) and tracks like the criminally underrated and overlooked smooth tune in “Bye Baby” (produced by Noah “40″ Shebib & Salaam Remi), “Accidental murderers” (featuring Rick Ross), “The Don” (Produced by Salaam Remi & Heavy D) and “A Queens Story” (Produced by Salaam Remi) are all bangers and the production was very on point. The lyricism is so on point that tracks like “Daughters” (produced by NO I.D.) cuts to the soul of what it is intended while the opposite of Swizz Beats produced track “Summer on Smash” gets a lot of tauted play on ESPN and other channels alike its feeling as a dope track fitting in with such a emotional, raw LP doesn’t fit with the cuts, it just feels like ehh we needed a single type of cut.
Overall the album is superior 5 out a of 5 album with so many dope cuts out weighing the one slouch cut in “Summer on smash”, does still make this a worthwhile purchase in a time where albums aren’t albums there slash stick parodies of genre that used to be feared and protested against now we are the mainstream candor that everyone wants to replicate. Nas stands strong as an artist and proves why he’s stillmatic for 20 years in the game and still going strong.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Reviewed by: Ben Berrios