15.Nas-Life is Good
Nas just inched out Killer Mike for the number 15 spot. Life is Good
is Nas's best record since Stillmatic
. Nas gets back to doing what he does best: Telling stories and it's great. It takes a bit of a different direction since Nas is talking more about his daughters and failed marriage with Kelis and less about the streets and his rough upbringing. The album is mostly laid-back with a lot of low-key beats and soulful guest spots from Mary J.Blidge, Anthony Hamilton, and the late Amy Winehouse. These tracks are full of the lyrical bite and confidence that Nas has been exhibited throughout his career, just with different lyrical themes. There is still a few tracks like "The Don" and "Back When" where Nas brings in his hardcore tendencies and it provides a nice contrast to the rest of the records and shows Nas can still spit intense rhymes with the best of them. It's a bit of a change for Nas, but I like the sharp, emotionally charged storyelling hip-hop he explores on this record and I believe it accurately depicts what is going on his life at the moment.
2.A Queen's Story