Life Is Good leaves Nas in his comfort zone, where the vital music of his youth proves a rousing platform for commenting on matters of middle age.
Nas has partially returned to the late 80’s/early 90’s golden age of hip hop sound that inspired his debut, taking influence from production greats like Run DMC, the Bomb Squad and Eric B.
This album is the most original work one of the greatest MC’s of all time has released in more than a decade.
Song for song, it's his most solid, disaster-free album since, well... we won't go there
At this stage in his career, and following in the footsteps of two records that arguably tripped over their own concepts, it’s great to hear Nas sounding focussed once again.
For the most part he sticks with tried-and-true allies Salaam Remi and No ID behind the desk, and they deliver an album as raw as anything since his 1994 classic ‘Illmatic’.
This is Nas’ strongest album in 18 years and three months– yes, since his debut album Illmatic.
|# 50 -||Consequence of Sound|
|# 42 -||Exclaim!|
|# 31 -||FACT Magazine|
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|# 18 -||Rolling Stone|
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