The picture above says it all. Nasir Jones a/k/a Nas a/k/a Nasty Nas a/k/a Nas Escobar a/k/a Nastradamus a/k/a the greatest of all time! Now, MOST of my thoughts about Nas are biased, so I have no problem admitting that up front! Of course I did first hear Nas on Main Source’s classic “Live At The BBQ”. I first heard “The World Is Yours” in 1994 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I liked the song SO much that I bought the cassette single (Side A was the song, Side B was the instrumental, for all you traditionalists), and I literally played it till it popped. Continuing on, I was captivated by Nas every time I listened to him. With his flow, storytelling ability, precision on the mic, descriptive artistry, among other things, I continue to support him every step of the way, and this is even during the missteps of his career (The Firm, the Nastradamus album, “Oochie Wally”, etc). Trust me, I can go on and on about Nas, but in the interest of time, following the somewhat brief intro, I’m heading straight into his albums, which I consider to be the greatest discography in hip-hop history.
5 favorite songs – The World Is Yours, Halftime, One Love, It Ain’t Hard To Tell, & Represent
Wayne’s Words – Well, what more can be said about this album that hasn’t been said already?! This is quite simple the greatest album of all time, and of course it would come from my #1 favorite artist of all time, Nas. Released in a great year, 1994. this album captures what hip hop is about and then some. FINE lyrics, tight production, NO filler, what more can you ask for in an album.
5 favorite songs – Nas Is Like, We Will Survive, Small World, Hate Me Now, & N.Y. State of Mind Pt. 2
Rating – 4.5 stars
5 favorite songs – Project Window, Nastradamus, Some Of Us Have Angels, Life We Chose, & God Love Us
Rating – 3.5 stars
5 favorite songs – Ether, Got Urself A…., One Mic, 2nd Childhood, & Rule
*I may be the only person I know who owns this, lol. Needless to say, it could’ve been better, but it certainly wasn’t a disappointment.
5 favorite songs – Doo Rags, Nothing Lasts Forever, Drunk By Myself, Fetus (Belly Button Window), My Way, & Blaze A 50
5 favorite songs – Get Down, Made You Look, Last Real N**** Alive, Book Of Rhymes, & Mastermind
Wayne’s Words – This is the ONLY Nas album that I was not impressed with when I first played it, and to this day I don’t know why, lol. I had all but said I would probably not play the album ever again after that. Then came the second time I listened to it, and I was like “hold on now, what was I thinking, this is great right here”. It continued to get better with each listen and I don’t know what I was missing when I first played it. Another excellent album from Nas (and I truly loved the creative aspect of “Book Of Rhymes”), something I often referred to as “emotional brilliance”.
*You know I had to buy the 10th Anniversary of the greatest album of all time on its release date right?
5 favorite songs on disc 1 – Just A Moment, You Know My Style, Rest Of My Life, American Way, & These Are Our Heroes
5 favorite songs on disc 2 – Thief’s Theme, Street’s Disciple, Bridging The Gap, Me & You, & UBR (Unauthorized Biography of Rakim).
Wayne’s Words – The double album I was waiting for since “I Am” was first announced to be in the same format. Again, more excellence from Nas, and in my case, this double album ensured I got my money’s worth and I did.
Rating (overall) – 4 stars
Wayne’s Words – Wow, did the term “hip hop is dead” stir up emotions in 2006 or what. Nas basically stated that this was his view on hip hop at the time, and I honestly agreed. Although hip hop as a culture is more or less the same today as it was during the time of this release, this album was a statement reflecting how hip hop should be in the eyes of one of its most celebrated artists. And I can’t forget how happy I was to hear Nas and Jay-Z finally collaborate for the first time on “Black Republican”. To this day when I play that song, I smile.
5 favorite songs – Y’all My N*****, Breathe, Sly Fox, The Slave & The Master, & Hero
Wayne’s Words – Nas sure stirred up controversy (again) with this one. He wanted to name this album the N word and there was no way any major retailers would carry the album with that title, even with freedom of speech enforced. Either way, I anticipated the album and couldn’t wait to hit my local Best Buy when it dropped. Nas once said “my fans know the real title of this album”. Oh yeah, more excellence!