Stream Nas' New Album "NASIR"


Escobar season has returned.


Two years after Nas announced via DJ Khaled's Major Key banger "Nas Album Done" that his 11th studio album was completed, the Queensbridge emcee finally delivers the long-awaited project.

The follow up to 2012's hugely underappreciated Life Is Good clocks in at 7 tracks and includes songs such as "Not For Radio," "Cops," "Adam & Eve" and "Everything."

The album is a bit underwhelming for me but some early favorites of mine are "Not For Radio," "Everything," and "Adam & Eve." The production on the LP feels somewhat overdone, and it doesn't really complement Nas' flow. In some instances "Cops" the sampling overshadows the New York OG's laid-back bars, which sort of takes the attention away from the message that is being passed. I think Kanye missed a few steps on this one.

The Illmatic rapper keeps the lyrics as politicized as ever, dropping serious allegations on the LP's opener Not For Radio. "Abe Lincoln did not free the enslaved/Progress was made 'cause we forced the proclamation," he raps before later adding. "Reagan had Alzheimer's, that's true/Fox News was started by a black dude, also true."

On Everything featuring Kanye West and The Dream, Nas references a recent arrest in the US of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Starbucks coffee house. "Who knew that I'd grow to meet presidents that respect me?/If Starbucks is bought by Nestlé, please don't arrest me," he raps. "I need to use your restroom, and I ain't buy no espresso."

"Nasir" is one of those albums you gotta run a few times back and let it grow on you. For die hard Esco fans, the album is another instant classic but for casual hip hop listeners, It's just another forgettable project with not much replay value.

Don't take my unsolicited opinions as gospel. Listen to it below and let us know how you feel in the comments.




Nasir follows Pusha T's DAYTONA, Kanye West's Ye and Kids See Ghosts, his collaborative effort with Kid Cudi. All of which are executive produced by Kanye West. Next up for Ye and G.O.O.D Music is Teyana Taylor's yet to be titled sophomore LP due June 22.
Stream Nas' New Album "NASIR" Stream Nas' New Album "NASIR" Reviewed by Paperman on 8:24:00 AM Rating: 5
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