7 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth in a series of weekly Kanye West-produced releases to come from the G.O.O.D. Music label head's Wyoming compound, Nas' 11th studio album is one of the most anticipated hip-hop collaborations since West and Jay-Z’s monumental Watch the Throne. With NASIR, it's clear that Nas and Kanye share a similar worldview, one focused on the world their children will inherit: The pair engage America's epidemic of police brutality toward people of color on the Slick Rick-sampling "Cops Shot the Kid," while Nas questions the practice of vaccination over the slow-burning guitar loop of "everything (feat. The-Dream)." The man who once likened himself to a prophet offers personal truths in abundance on "Not for Radio," but is ever-wary of penance, rapping on "Adam and Eve," "Pray my sins don't get passed to my children/I made a killin'."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth in a series of weekly Kanye West-produced releases to come from the G.O.O.D. Music label head's Wyoming compound, Nas' 11th studio album is one of the most anticipated hip-hop collaborations since West and Jay-Z’s monumental Watch the Throne. With NASIR, it's clear that Nas and Kanye share a similar worldview, one focused on the world their children will inherit: The pair engage America's epidemic of police brutality toward people of color on the Slick Rick-sampling "Cops Shot the Kid," while Nas questions the practice of vaccination over the slow-burning guitar loop of "everything (feat. The-Dream)." The man who once likened himself to a prophet offers personal truths in abundance on "Not for Radio," but is ever-wary of penance, rapping on "Adam and Eve," "Pray my sins don't get passed to my children/I made a killin'."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
969 Ratings

969 Ratings

PelhamBx ,

🔥🔥🔥🔥

Nas has done it again. Dope album with substance! Classic material New York is HipHop
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PB_Twisted ,

It'll do for now, but we all know it can't be the offcial album

Let me firstly start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Nas and all of his craft that he's released thus far. After 2012's "Life is Good" I expected this album to be more than 7 songs. However, the seven tracks isn't my issue it's the overall production of the album in general, some tracks feel more like a Kanye track than it does a Nas track and when Nas finally has a chance to spit we're barely left with any bars before the record(s) are over. The Dream and Kanye wore some of these songs out. and the Chorus would take up 2/3's of the tracks. However, songs like Bonjour, Cops and Adam and Eve easily allow Nasir himself to breath life into these tracks. I just don't think that Nas literally spent over 6 years to deliver these 7 tracks or should I say 3 tracks that he's mostly on. There has to be another Album in the works, especially after "Sinatra in the Sands" was teased by Timbaland. Supporting my #1 MC regardless but Nas, we need the real deal brother. Love!

Rap Or Politics ,

What were they thinking?

If you’re a huge fan of Nas like I am, your first question might be “am I being punked”? But at some point through listening to this EP disguised as an LP you will certainly find yourself asking “what were they thinking”? Of course pointing that question at the two stars who collaborated on this greatest miss in recent hip hop history, Nas and Kanye West. It starts off with a pop, not a bang with “Not For Radio” serving as the introduction. It is evidently clear from the start that the starch in former Nas songs is missing over this weak produced track by West. Nevertheless “Cops” the next track picks up just a bit as the Slick Rick sample from “A Children’s Story” repeats throughout. Still Nas lyrics are pedestrian and spaced out with no lyrical wit only saved by a verse by Kanye at the end. The rest of the album is a repeat performance of lush and slow music seeming to fit a movie score from the 1960’s. Songs like “White Label” and “Simple Things” highlight a nightmare of unlistenable tracks by a former great in hip hop. This of course following a 6 year layoff only to return with an album with just as many songs which do not live up to the hype. This is thoroughly disappointing and maybe the only track worth hearing more than once is “Adam and Eve” a small treat after a tough listen if you’re still awake or not in shock of what the great Nas and producer Kanye have become. It’s almost as if they rushed something out just to satisfy a demand and make a few bucks off of the fans that live hip hop music. What were they thinking when they came up with this or were they thinking at all. Because “Nasir” has no direction, nothing enjoyable and it’s a complete miss if you’re just looking for the real Nas. It’s poorly produced, poorly engineered as it almost sounds like someones demo tape and only a fan who’s lost his ear and plain adores Nas from the heart will enjoy this album. It’s Nas worst effort ever and it really leaves you asking the question, does Nas need to hang up the mic? Because at his age to deliver an album such as this 6 years after the last disappointment, shows time may be up for the legend. There’s not much more left for him to say that can redeem his career. Anything after this will for sure tarnish his legacy and make the biggest fans question his place in hip hop history.

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