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Nasty Nas Is Back: Album Review

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Life Is Good marks the arrival of one of the most anticipated albums of the year by one of the most influential artists.

Since Nas burst on the scene in 1994 the talented Queensbridge native quickly established himself as one of the most prolific artists in hip hop.

Life is Good, the artist’s tenth album and final work under Def Jam Records, is reminiscent of that Illmatic flavor that dominated early 1990’s airwaves. Nas pays respect to an era of urban music when the sound was actually hip hop and not the pervasive hip pop of today.

Unlike his last album, Untitled  that boasted political content and controversial subject matter, Life is Good is an eclectic expression of the artist’s evolution; Nas unapologetically opens up about his divorce, fatherhood, the hazards of celebrity, and the thrills of a well-lived life. He candidly details his life experiences; exploring both the joys and pains.

Many have criticized the artist’s beats in the past, but in his latest work, the inexhaustible flow that fans have come to revere is complimented by the lofty production contributions of Salaam Remi, No I.D., the late Heavy D, and many others. The album successfully merges contemplative expression with explosive rhythms.

There are quite a few tracks on the album that are noteworthy including, the 90s –sounding groove “Reach Out” featuring Mary J. Blige;  Anthony Hamilton blesses the album with velvet soul on “World’s An Addition;”  “You Wouldn’t Understand;” and “Cherry Wine” featuring the late , great Amy Winehouse.

Life is Good is a well-rounded piece of hip hop artistry. Nas fully illustrated that at 38 years old he is still, and forever will be, a vital force in the industry.

-Jennifer Hall, CBS Local

Check out the video for “Daughters” from Nas’ new album Life is Good.

http://youtu.be/xP4_0z2M85Q

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