Monday, July 14, 2008

Nas' album needs more focus

It's not that I have a problem with the album cover; showing Nas back side with whip marks that are religious symbol toward Jesus Christ sacifice and for us to having to feel his pain, according to the Bible. And it's not that the album has explicit lyrics.

Nas is back and more controversial than ever on his new untitled Def Jam release. On this, his 9th studio album, Nas studies and lyrically dissects some of the our most divisive issues: race, inequality, poverty, and power.

And who better to stir up debate than the man most consider one of the top five emcees in the history of the game?

1. Queens Get The Money [Explicit] 2:12
2. You Can't Stop Us Now [Explicit] 3:05
3. Breathe [Explicit] 3:34
4. Make The World Go Round [Explicit] 3:49
5. Hero [Explicit] 4:00
6. America [Explicit] 3:52
7. Sly Fox [Explicit] 4:23
8. Testify [Explicit] 2:45
9. N.I.*.*.E.R. (The Slave and the Master) [Explicit] 4:33
10. Untitled [Explicit] 2:51
11. Fried Chicken [Explicit] 2:50
12. Project Roach [Explicit] 1:48
13. Y'all My Ni**as [Explicit] 4:16
14. We're Not Alone [Explicit] 5:40
15. Black President [Explicit]

From his brilliant 1994 debut Illmatic, to his mainstream success with It Was Written, to anthems like "Hate Me Now" and "One Mic" and his venomous lyricism on "Ether," Nas' ability to tell stories, educate, make you dance--and make you look--is the stuff of rap legend.

The outspoken Queensbridge rapper has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide over the course of his storied career. Nas' Def Jam debut, Hip-Hop Is Dead, was released in December 2006 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with more than 350,000 copies sold in its first week.

It's not perfect by any means Nas need more focus.

Rating: 2 out of 5


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