Nas - Kings Disease (Review)
NEW NAS! Classic artist bringing arguably one of his best works outside of his classics like fan favorite, 'Illmatic".
"Can I floss without you wanting me outlined in chalk" - Nas. If you've dealt with any kind of hate/envy/jealousy while feeling good about yourself, you can relate.
With lines like "slap oxygen out your esophagus", Nas hasn't missed a step nor slacked one bit. As an OG lyricist, it's dope that he can still bring the hard-poetic wordplay that made him one of the world's favorite. By the way, shout out to Charlie Wilson for adding extra sauce to any track he shows up on. Nas was able to focus on delivering thought provoking rhymes while still slapping you with bars, with the assist of highly regarded producer, Hit-Boy (who produced the whole album). Hit-Boy snapped on every track. He displayed versatility, going from unorthodox drums in the empowering, 'Ultra Black' to beats like (and I might be reaching) 'Replace Me' that sounds like something 2PAC would choose. Also, shout out to Sean Don (Big Sean) for walking on that beat like it was made for him.
You have to appreciate Nas paying homage to Louis Ranking (RIP)...if you're a 'Belly' fan, you'd understand.
Standout Track: Full Circle - Featuring AZ, Foxy Brown, & Cormega
The wish that many The Firm fans have had for years has been granted. Who would've thought that these four would reunite and smack a beat around like they've been making tracks together all these years. Cormega made you feel like you walked outside and it was 1996 again. Foxy Brown said "pussy Power like Tasha pushed Tommy to kill". If you haven't watched the show 'Power' you might not get it. Otherwise, you already know.
"Life's school for the soul"
"Still going deeper like I grew a new inch on my dick" - the cure