Nas is 10 albums in, with his most recent “Life is Good” best describing where he felt like he was in life…in a good place. Most recently, Nas was named greatest lyricist of all time on CNN. The fact that hip hop is being acknowledged beyond the traditional mediums of urban music blogs was amazing.
The author made a case for the Illmatic MC saying, “In a genre not known for the longevity of its luminaries, making it 10, 15, 20 years means you’re a survivor — and you survive only if people keep buying your music. Unlike his aforementioned brethren in the Multiplatinum Club, Nas has done that without a platinum single. Not “Street Dreams.” Not “Nas is Like.” Not “Made You Look.” Not one.” The author went on to write “Given the occasional knocks on Nas’ production, it’s got to be the lyrical wizardry that keep folks coming back, right? As he turns 40 this year — sorry if that makes “Illmatic” fans feel old — he’s adapted to every sea change in rap and weathered every label, right or wrong, affixed to him.”
I must say he looks good to be turning the big 4-0 this year.
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