Ten studio albums in the Hip Hop industry, Queensbridge elite rapper, Nas is present again with another masterpiece, Life is Good. Even the cover art tells a million stories as he’s pictured on a black leather couch with a green wedding dress of ex-wife and singer, Kelis. As Nas can remember from his publicized divorce, she left and took most of what belongs to her, except for her unforgettable, matrimonial garment. This becomes evanescent in the track with a sample from the 80s’ R&B male vocalists, Guy, ‘Bye Baby’, produced by Saleem Remi & Noah 40, whom has been well known on some of Nas’ work. Nas reflects on his split from Kelis and basically took it with a grain of salt. Then, the brave heart, rap musical proposer, as Nas named himself in the opening, ‘No Introduction’, threw shots at men, who wants to condemn him for trying love, at least once. And they need to step up to the plate and be better fathers to husbands, if that in relationships. Speaking of dads, the lead single, ‘Daughters’ shows Nas of not being the best father, he could be and wanting eagerly to make up for it. It goes out to all men in touch, on great terms with their little girls. The song is felt.
The champagne glass, Nas holds in his hand, could it be ‘Cherry Wine’? Nas features late singer and friend, Amy Winehouse. The hook is terrific for Nas to spit about one of his favorite drinks in form of an ideal woman to have the same things in common, like him. ‘Summer On Smash’, somewhat the new look for being single in that time of season. Producer, Swizz Beats sounds meshed, disorderly. Still, its pretty acceptable though, for those fellows available to chase skirts, when the weather is heated.
Let’s take it to the block, as Nas always have great street stories about the hood and falling soldiers, almost fine tuned to Rap Opera in ‘A Queen’s Story’. Laced with a piano and church organ, ‘Accident Murderers’ steals some of the show of a near gangster concept to have Nas call out fabricated killers in society. Only a handful of them killers actually commit homicides, while the rest claim it. The Teflon Don, Ricky Rozay is slightly off topic of the record. ‘World’s An Addiction’, breaks it all down from the often imitation of drugs, sex, violence and how they have affected the universe. Nas gives a lyrical maze on each subject, behalf of some own experience.
Evidently, this album is significant to focus on taking music back to the 80s and 90s of classics, which many, definitely grew up on and can relate to. In ‘Loco-Motive’, we’re going on a train ride of Nas battle with finances, as the big lump sum can be gained, lost, and possibly gained again. It can be the state of any human making money especially in today’s economic crisis, whether a regular citizen or celebrity. Nas falls short on ‘Reach Out’, a mixture of samples heard way too much. Well, Mary J. Blige kind of save it a bit. ‘Back When’, Nas shows us how the music business has changed and why interviews are rare and the majority of artists can feel the same, as they don’t get the credit they deserve. One of the hype female rappers in the game from the 90s, MC Lyte’s voice brings a push to the track.
Life is Good is probably an album for men. It has that vibe, a man can get into of love, relationships, glamorous living and including the downfalls. That’s what comes with certain territories. The mistakes, achievements to the lessons learned would make one rise as ‘The Don’ in a harsh reality. No matter how hard situations will occur, life is a beautiful gift to celebrate.
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