King's Disease

Nas - King's Disease
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #491 / 797
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Based on 629 ratings
2020 Ratings: #420
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An anthemic set for our current times and another creative conquest for its iconic author and highly skilled composer, King’s Disease is well-rounded and succinctly delivered, with great replay value and packed with memorable moments.

Consequence of Sound

Primarily produced by Hit-Boy, King’s Disease delivers a feel appropriate for the times and hits the mark as being one of the better rap albums of the year.


King’s Disease is Nas living up to the hype more so than his last few releases.

‘The King’s Disease’ finds Nas grappling with a raft of contradictions, contrasting the opulence of his lifestyle with the need for vitality in his message. It’s not perfect, but it’s less an end product, and more the search for creative process – by the end, you become convinced the Queens rapper has found his throne.
A stately and royal return to form for rap’s original scholar.
The Needle Drop

King's Disease comes close to being a third-act gem for Nas.


When King's Disease falters, it's primarily due to a lack of self-awareness and misplaced romanticism ... That's not to say that things can't be enjoyable on King's Disease.


Going strictly by the conviction and feeling in each line, King's Disease is the MC's best work since 2008.

The new album marks a retreat into a nostalgia-act comfort zone—one which suits Nas, even as it yields diminishing returns.
Rolling Stone

At its worst, it is a misguided attempt to paper over abuse allegations and a stark showcase of his increasingly questionable politics when it comes to women. 26 years after Illmatic, Nas still has room to grow.

Supported by a handful of featurings and of course by the Hit-Boy producer, the legendary Nas has gone to the essential on King Disease, without a burr or scratch, offering a new seductive album.

If you know him well, you know that after his second one, Nas' albums are very often marked by irregularities and especially by bad choices. That is to say that even if Nas remains one of the best rapper and lyricist, the majority of his own choices have led to a quantity of albums that I think are ... read more
Yeah, Mr.Nasir since you're putting everyone on your album how about Nas x Kero Kero Bonito on the deluxe?
Damn seeing these features makes me excited for the leaked 100 gecs x Nas song. Would love to see Nas x Doja Cat as well because he shouted her out and gave her some respect on Ultra Black.
Edit: Just realised Sarah Bonito wrote 80 percent of Illmatic, Nas a big clown
The legend himself, Nas, has never maintained the momentum that began in the mid 90's with his most infamous work. Because of this I have rarely if ever ventured out into his work over the last two plus decades of material. Having never truly stopped releasing music over all this time, Nas is still one of the most prolific MC's in history, even if the quality of his work hasn't resulted in classic albums.

King's Disease certainly seems like a return to form in many ways, nodding to the ... read more
If you listen to a lot of Nas like I do, you know the thing that will make or break a Nas album will be the beats. It's horrifying to try each new Nas record, only to hear sterile, uninspired production with only the occasional exception.

But these beats? With an MC as good as Nas? It's good enough to make some of the funkier features work (Big Sean, Don Tolliver, Lil Durk). Bless your heart, Hit-Boy. And it helps that Nas' bars and flows are as rugged + sharp as ever. Good shit!
King's Disease shows that Nas still has it, but the project is constantly riddled with unnecessary features like Anderson Paak & Lil Durk. The instrumental selections are extremely hit or miss.
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#24/Double J

Track List

  1. King's Disease
  2. Blue Benz
  3. Car #85 (feat. Charlie Wilson)
  4. Ultra Black (feat. Hit-Boy)
  5. 27 Summers
  6. Replace Me (feat. Big Sean & Don Toliver)
  7. Til The War Is Won (feat. Lil Durk)
  8. All Bad (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  9. The Definition (feat. Brucie B.)
  10. Full Circle (feat. The Firm, AZ, Foxy Brown & Cormega)
  11. 10 Points
  12. The Cure
  13. Spicy (feat. Fivio Foreign & A$AP Ferg)
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Added on: August 13, 2020