14 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following his mother’s death from breast cancer in early 2002, Nas retreated to the studio to create his most personal album yet. Far from the grandiosity of his late-Nineties period, Nas uses the tracks on God’s Son to speak directly to the listener. Built from a reconfigured Beethoven sample, “I Can” is a sincere song of encouragement, directed towards black children: “Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes / Read more, learn more, change the globe.” As Nas bares his soul about the death of his mother on “Dance” and “Warrior Song,” he becomes more introspective about his poisonous feud with Jay-Z, confessing in “Last Real Nigga Alive” that “I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo / It hurt me when I had to kill him and his whole squad for dolo.” Working primarily with producer Salaam Remi, God’s Son brings Nas back to basics with a sample-based musical palette. “Made You Look” has all of the fire and excitement of classic Kool G Rap or EPMD, while the posthumous Tupac duet “Thugz Mansion” is one of the sparest, most poignant rap songs to ever chart. Leaner-than-lean and more coolly confident than he had been in years, the James Brown-rooted “Get Down” sets the tone for Nas’ return to form.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following his mother’s death from breast cancer in early 2002, Nas retreated to the studio to create his most personal album yet. Far from the grandiosity of his late-Nineties period, Nas uses the tracks on God’s Son to speak directly to the listener. Built from a reconfigured Beethoven sample, “I Can” is a sincere song of encouragement, directed towards black children: “Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes / Read more, learn more, change the globe.” As Nas bares his soul about the death of his mother on “Dance” and “Warrior Song,” he becomes more introspective about his poisonous feud with Jay-Z, confessing in “Last Real Nigga Alive” that “I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo / It hurt me when I had to kill him and his whole squad for dolo.” Working primarily with producer Salaam Remi, God’s Son brings Nas back to basics with a sample-based musical palette. “Made You Look” has all of the fire and excitement of classic Kool G Rap or EPMD, while the posthumous Tupac duet “Thugz Mansion” is one of the sparest, most poignant rap songs to ever chart. Leaner-than-lean and more coolly confident than he had been in years, the James Brown-rooted “Get Down” sets the tone for Nas’ return to form.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

whereistherealmusic ,

best rapper alive

forget lil wayne forget all the garbage that is comming out now
this is a real message in every one of this mans songs
this is what rap is supposed to sound like
not all that lil wayne garbage aboout how hes such a gangsta and how hes so ghetto
tell me is kissing a guy gangster now?
BEST RAPPER ALIVE

Pac, Nas, Jigga ,

Awesome

One of my favorite albums of all time, he miixes meaningfull lyrics with a sick flow. U never c that anymmore. Check out i can, heaven,thugz mansion. As a matter a' fact just buy the whole album!

shhhhh... just listen ,

i dont need another illmatic, i already own that

nas has grown from nasty to gods son on this one. just listen to 'last real n***ga alive' to get an understanding of where this album is coming from and the level of emotion nas has put out there. he comes off quite vulnerable at times, fierce at others.

you just dont hear many other rappers making a song like 'get down', telling an entire story with nonstop rhymes that flow like water off the razor under his tongue. also check out 'book of rhymes', an Alchemist produced track that portrays nas rapping pages out of his rhyme book trying to find that perfect match. anyone who is involved with the creation of rap music has done this before and its simply amazing to hear someone at nas' level of success doing the same and turning it into an incredible concept song.

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