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Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #791 / 851
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2018 Ratings: #649
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Taken at face value, NASIR is an incredible artistic achievement.


There are some slight missteps, like West’s tedious hook on Everything, but Nasir proves Nas’ ongoing relevance as one of New York’s biggest living rappers, with the best overall production and best quality control since Illmatic: the curse may finally be lifting.


A project that wavers between brilliant synergy and occasionally uninspired filler.

Honestly, Nas is still a Hip Hop legend and like most of our idols of 90s to early 2000s Hip-Hop, it’s simply a victory lap.

When you factor in all its dexterity, randomness and overall generality, it’s hard to truly believe NASIR was the album he had been cerebrally building these past six years.

A.V. Club

For a 26-minute effort, Nasir has too much slack.


No longer able to summon his mythical sense of storytelling, Nas sounds lost on his 11th studio album. Kanye’s production doesn’t help, either.


Whilst stylistically Nasir may well have plenty of strong moments, its contradictions make it a difficult, problematic listen: it’s the silences on here which so often deafen.

The Guardian

The real issue with Nasir is Nas, who seems to have taken it upon himself to become as mercurial as his producer, his rhymes shifting from acute, powerful indictments of racism to stuff that makes no sense, or seems to be there purely for the purposes of provocation.

The Needle Drop

On most tracks, not even Kanye's excellent production is enough to save Nasir from Nas himself.

Pretty Much Amazing

There’s no way to get around this: the worst part about Nas’s new album is Nas.

Rolling Stone

Nasir is among the weakest Nas albums, but there’s nothing spectacular about its failure. It is, simply, the one thing Nas has avoided being all these years, through revolutionary highs and car-crash lows: dull.

The 405

NASIR is the weakest of the recent Kanye output, though perhaps more consistent than ye it fails to put a dent in the current hip hop conversation, feeling especially limp in comparison to the sudden arrival of a one-time nemesis and his wife.


On its surface, Nasir is politically aware and a comfort to die-hard fans, but upon closer inspection, the album exposes itself as hollow and eerily manipulative. He's trying to play us.


The musical performances by West and his collaborators alone are able to save Nasir from total disaster and do warrant a listen. But as for Nas, he's left completely overshadowed.


Rather than playing out like a mercilessly edited, up-to-date album with all fat removed, Nasir resembles rotting offcuts bundled with some fresh standouts to placate a fan base expecting a major statement.

Consequence of Sound

His lyricism, though timely at points, is largely impersonal if not flat-out pedestrian and makes NASIR the first album in Nas’ catalog that Nas has failed to show up for.

Nice joke Nas. So when is Illmatic 2?

Actually this may not be another Illmatic but it shows development and a switchup in a positive direction none the less. I enjoy the very warm feel of this project. It feels unique and shows Nas at his most inner Hopsin. Only difference is that he isn’t a corny hunk of trash.
Nas's album has been the weakest release of the G.O.O.D Summer releases so far, but that's not a bad thing. Lemme get the negatives out of the way, "Cops shot the kid" is trash. Now that I'm through with that, I have to say that Nas delivers lyrically (as if this was no surprise). He is still impeccable on the mic. The best song on here is "Everything". That song is phenomenal. Kanye's singing surprisingly works here. And the minimal beat highlights the importance of Nas's ... read more
Kanye West has expressed his interest in Nas’ music since the late 90’s, even working with him on numerous occasions. It is immediately clear when listening to Nasir that Kanye was full of inspiration here. Some of the samples are quite unorthodox in the way they are used, particularly with the brilliant Slick Rick sample in ‘Cops Shot the Kid’

It is almost impossible to discuss the music of Nas without bringing up his 1994 masterpiece, Illmatic. Nas has always suffered ... read more
I'm sorry guys but I am not hearing this so-called "great production"; the beats here are consistently monotonous and frequently annoying (especially the Slick Rick sample on Cops Shot the Kid). The whole effort feels slapped together similarly to Ye with beats that have weak mixes that lack any weight. By far the biggest issue is the sampling; all of the samples he chooses are either insanely annoying or the vinyl from which he sampled it from needed some cleaning cus they have this ... read more
Easily the worst out of all the Kanye produced projects this year.

Nas doesn't have that killer instinct anymore, the beats are tedious-mediocre at best (do you really need four different people to produce one song?)

It just feels like Nas is phoning it in because he knows those glory days are absolutely over...

At 26 minutes I feel like it's just an EP that should've been shelved.
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Added on: June 14, 2018