What is it about Nas that keeps us grounded throughout the 21st century? Despite all the beliebers (not capitalizing that shit cus it ain’t real), the hyped up yet dumb’d down lyrical content and silicon musical valleys upon which these catastrophes lay, how does Nasir Jones keep it real, literally? How has this MC, exploding in ’94 with his world renown album Illmatic, continued to grasp me and millions of other loyal listeners over the past two decades? While other artists drift into consumer-driven, commercialized territories, losing the faith and respect of Heads all over the world?
These are an overwhelming # of important questions, but if you’ve always been a fan, you know EXACTLY why album Life Is Good, released in July this year, reflects the solid yet creative history of Nasty Nas. As a progressive artist with an old school palette, he somehow meshes together the two worlds of Old and New, leaving the listener salivating like a nostalgic eater. Am I crazy?? Or was that rhyme delicious enough to eat over and over again??
Nas.. you create necessary chaos within this possessed contemporary music industry. You keep me hopeful that one day, maybe just one day, a zombie apocalypse will unleash on today’s popular culture bubble, leaving behind only those fittest to survive….aka real artists.
I’m trying not to judge the leopard-print pants on that so-called “rapper” but it’s real fricking hard when processed rap is referred to as Hip Hop, GAAAHHHH!!! I could blab on and on.. those around me are frequently reminded of this viewpoint, to their great annoyance.
Life Is Good is packed with legendary files, don’t miss out!
Here’s one of my favorites: