Friday, July 27, 2012

NaS – Life is Good (2012) – Review

Review: Life is Good marks NaS’s tenth studio album (and sixth number one album). It has a classic hip hop feel to it, harkening back to the sound of the late 1990s and early 2000s. NaS is one of the great storytellers in hip hop, and this is very evident on this album. Musically and lyrically, this album has a very nostalgic feel to it, as NaS often speaks about the past looking back fondly. From Illmatic to Life is Good, it is clear that NaS still has the flow and the lyrics to be considered among hip hop’s elite MCs. However, NaS seems to still have trouble picking beats that both fit his style and push him forward. I like a lot of the production from No I.D. and Salaam Remi, but some of it seems like variations on stuff he has done before, while other tracks just do not work for NaS (thinking specifically of the Swizz Beatz produced song Summer on Smash and the collaboration between Salaam Remi, Darkchild and DJ Hot Day Reach Out). I also feel like there are too many ‘filler’ tracks that weaken the great stuff that is on this. Life is Good will please NaS fans, as it is a good album but it is far from a classic or the album that puts NaS back on top. 3/5

Essential Tracks:
1)      A Queens Story – Produced by Salaam Remi
2)      Accident Murderers – Produced by No I.D., featuring Rick Ross
3)      The Don – Produced by Salaam Remi, Heavy D and Da Internz

Available on CD and Digital Download

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