The Lost Tapes

The Lost Tapes

Compiling previously unreleased songs recorded between 1998 and 2001, The Lost Tapes is a straight-up collection that delves deep into Nas’ introspective side. Over the subdued jazzy piano of “Doo Rags,” the MC’s childhood memories blur into the present day as sociopolitical insights merge with first-person storytelling. Another standout is the soul-sampling, Temptations-channeling “Poppa Was a Playa”—one of Kanye West’s earliest productions—a vivid, bittersweet homage to Nas’ dad, flaws and all.

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