Essential

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential Nas, released in August 2013, followed the rather flawed Greatest Hits (November 2007) and slightly less problematic Playlist: The Very Best of Nas (January 2013) as the third U.S. Nas anthology. A 30-track, two-disc set, The Essential Nas goes significantly deeper and lacks one major cut: It Was Written highlight "If I Ruled the World." The other 13 songs included on Playlist are here, along with deeper cuts from all but one of Nas' albums. (2008's Nas is shut out.) 1994's Illmatic, represented with four selections, is essential for anyone with the slightest amount of interest, and this complements that classic rather well since there are no other five-star ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential Nas, released in August 2013, followed the rather flawed Greatest Hits (November 2007) and slightly less problematic Playlist: The Very Best of Nas (January 2013) as the third U.S. Nas anthology. A 30-track, two-disc set, The Essential Nas goes significantly deeper and lacks one major cut: It Was Written highlight "If I Ruled the World." The other 13 songs included on Playlist are here, along with deeper cuts from all but one of Nas' albums. (2008's Nas is shut out.) 1994's Illmatic, represented with four selections, is essential for anyone with the slightest amount of interest, and this complements that classic rather well since there are no other five-star releases in Nas' catalog. Columbia/Legacy would have been smart to include Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque" and MC Serch's "Back to the Grill," '91/'92 posse cuts on which a then-teenaged Nas is featured; perhaps licensing obstacles prevented their presence. Ego Trip's Gabe Alvarez contributes an excellent essay filled with knowledge, context, and insightful analysis about this brilliant and occasionally baffling MC.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837546829
  • Catalog Number: 375468
  • Sales rank: 116,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nasty (3:05)
  2. 2 The Message (3:55)
  3. 3 Get Down (4:04)
  4. 4 I Gave You Power (3:53)
  5. 5 I Can (4:16)
  6. 6 Find Ya Wealth (3:41)
  7. 7 Black Zombie (3:36)
  8. 8 The Set Up (4:02)
  9. 9 Street Dreams (4:09)
  10. 10 You Owe Me - Ginuwine (4:48)
  11. 11 Drunk By Myself (4:04)
  12. 12 Nas Is Like (3:58)
  13. 13 One Mic (4:30)
  14. 14 Loco-Motive - Large Professor (3:41)
  15. 15 Halftime (4:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bridging The Gap (3:57)
  2. 2 Warrior Song - Alicia Keys (4:43)
  3. 3 Doo Rags (4:03)
  4. 4 Nastradamus (4:14)
  5. 5 Just A Moment - Quan (4:24)
  6. 6 Oochie Wally - Bravehearts (5:01)
  7. 7 One Love (5:26)
  8. 8 Hate Me Now - Puff Daddy (4:44)
  9. 9 Blaze A 50 (2:50)
  10. 10 Got Ur Self A... (3:50)
  11. 11 Thief's Theme (3:00)
  12. 12 The World Is Yours (4:51)
  13. 13 Made You Look (3:22)
  14. 14 No Idea's Original (3:04)
  15. 15 It Ain't Hard To Tell (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nas Primary Artist
DJ Kid Capri scratching
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Barry White Composer
Jimmy Heath Composer
Rich Nice Composer
Brian Bennett Composer
Gary Byrd Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Annie Lennox Composer
Olu Dara Composer
Nas Producer
Samuel Barnes Composer
John Bettis Composer
DJ Premier Producer
Cleveland Horne Composer
Doug Ingle Composer
Large Professor Producer
Jerry Lordan Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Steve Porcaro Composer
Q-Tip Producer
Salaam Remi Composer, Producer
Eugene Grey Composer
Al West Composer, Producer
Pete Rock Producer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Havoc Producer
No I.D. Producer
Timbaland Producer
Poke Producer
Chucky Thompson Composer, Producer
L.E.S. Composer, Producer
Anthony Cutajar Cover Photo
The Alchemist Producer
Ez Elpee Producer
LeShan Lewis Composer
Michelle Bell Composer
Roy Hammond Composer
Tim Mosley Composer
Tone Producer
D. Moet Producer
Rob Spragg Composer
Jake Black Composer
Alicia Keys Composer, Producer
Pretty Boy Producer
Jabari Jones Composer
Megahertz Composer
Gabriel Alvarez Liner Notes
Precision Producer
Kejuan Muchita Composer
Gavin Marchand Composer
Sean Garrett Composer
Jonathan Davis Composer
David A. Stewart Composer
Roy Handy Composer
William Paul Mitchell Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Lamont Porter Composer
Jean Claude Olivier Composer
Nasir Jones Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman Composer
Salaam Gibbs Composer
Joe Palmaccio Mastering
Anthony Saleh Management
Michael Epps Composer
Larry Gates Composer
Tommie Spearman Composer
Inc. Hill Producer
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