Nasir Jones is back.
By Ryan Ravalier
Located in London
As per usual Hip Hop has struck at the right time with summer albums to remind many fans that hip hop is not dead and Nas the living legend surely did not disappoint. Although always a blessing to hear the great Queensbridge MC grace the mic, it has been widely acknowledged that his music hasn’t been consistent enough to rank him higher than his at one time greatest rival now friend Jay-Z, whose career may still have a few more years left in it. The summer release of Nas’ new album ‘Life Is Good’, resembles much of his better work which spans nearly over 20 years. My initial thought of ‘Life Is Good’ before listening to it led me to believe that it would be a great effort by Nas, as usual, however lack the production to be anything more than a decent album. However I was wrong and was left smiling by the time the last track ‘You Wouldn’t Understand’ had finished.
This album compared to his previous work resembles that of closure, potentially from his previous marriage with Kellis, with the pair divorcing in 2010. Fur
thermore it had been reported by Nas himself that the concept of the album was indeed influenced by Kellis. Although this album may appear sombre at times and may lyrically reflect a far matured Nas, it does not take away the fact that Nas is still at this moment in time the greatest storyteller in the game. Typical of a Nas album collaborations were well considered, with the likes of Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Swiss Beats, Miguel and Anthony Hamilton all making worthy contributions to the ‘Life Is Good’ release. Not to mention the late great Amy Winehouse, featuring in the widely acclaimed track ‘Cherry Wine’. With singles such as ‘Nasty’, ‘Daughters’ and ‘The Don’ providing fans with a snippet of what can be proudly described as a solid effort by Nasir Jones in his last release on Def Jam Recordings. A good summer release for hip hop and music fans alike to indulge in.