Life Is Good [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
That's Nas' ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress on the cover: she's a fellow recording artist, the two have a kid together, and she wasn't consulted about the album cover or the album itself. Life Is Good is that kind of album, and for the moment, Nas is that kind of guy. He may have recorded some game-changing albums early on, and his recent collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, was vital as well, but this puff-chested bitch session is a completely different animal, coming off as Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear, although this one prefers playing to radio over playing it as landmark disc, and prefers swaggering over staying on topic. Know that he's willing to take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
That's Nas' ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress on the cover: she's a fellow recording artist, the two have a kid together, and she wasn't consulted about the album cover or the album itself. Life Is Good is that kind of album, and for the moment, Nas is that kind of guy. He may have recorded some game-changing albums early on, and his recent collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, was vital as well, but this puff-chested bitch session is a completely different animal, coming off as Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear, although this one prefers playing to radio over playing it as landmark disc, and prefers swaggering over staying on topic. Know that he's willing to take all the credit for his own Illmatic here, too, boasting that he's the best in the game before shooting insults at easy targets and his ex-wife/father-of-his-children, who never should have left because as "Roses" states, "I'm an ass magnet." This trashing without rebuttal is worth arguing about, and snarky and vicious aren't admirable qualities, so the best way to approach this unfiltered carpet bombing of love and marriage is thinking about how heartbreak can make a man go cold 808s & Heartbreak or in this case, irresponsibly start fires. Well-funded fires, too, as Swizz Beatz's "On to the Next One" soundalike "Summer On Smash" gives Nas a bona fide club killer, and when it comes to headlines, that's the late Amy Winehouse on "Cherry Wine" in one of her last recordings -- on a track as intoxicating as its namesake. Don't let that vicious guy on the cover know that a woman also assists on the album's other truly rich moment, with Mary J. Blige in top form on "Reach Out," while Rick Ross winds up the album's top thug thanks to "Accident Murderers," a majestic street track with No I.D. on production and a reference to Illmatic's Jerome character, even when bringing that one up is sticky, seeing as Life Is Good isn't even in the same ballpark. Still, Nas doesn't seem to care, putting a Jim Jones-styled blast of boss talk called "Nasty" on the same album he pulls the heartstrings on with the well-written personal number "Daughters," but he sells it all, delivering everything here as if its classic status was assured and will never fall into an embarrassment trap, as long as the cover art isn't brought into the debate. If the game needed Illmatic, this is the one Nas needed to get out of his system, acting as a clearinghouse for all venom and bile, plus some gloss that doesn't fit but needed to go as well. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537077502
  • Catalog Number: 001705602
  • Sales rank: 35,023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Introduction (4:15)
  2. 2 Loco-Motive - Large Professor (3:40)
  3. 3 A Queens Story (4:35)
  4. 4 Accident Murderers - Rick Ross (4:37)
  5. 5 Daughters (3:20)
  6. 6 Reach Out - Mary J. Blige (3:46)
  7. 7 World's An Addiction - Anthony Hamilton (5:01)
  8. 8 Summer On Smash - Miguel (4:19)
  9. 9 You Wouldn't Understand - Victoria Monet (4:35)
  10. 10 Back When (3:22)
  11. 11 The Don (3:02)
  12. 12 Stay (3:45)
  13. 13 Cherry Wine - Amy Winehouse (5:56)
  14. 14 Bye Baby (3:59)
  15. 15 Nasty (3:04)
  16. 16 The Black Bond (2:22)
  17. 17 Roses (3:31)
  18. 18 Where's The Love - Cocaine 80s (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nas Primary Artist
Vincent Henry Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Poyser Keyboards
Salaam Remi Bass, Guitar, scratching, Drums, Keyboards
Big Kap Vocals
Kevin Randolph Keyboards
Richard Adlam Drums
Amy Winehouse Guitar
Hal Ritson Drums
DJ Hot Day scratching
Steve Wyreman Bass, Guitar
Noah Shebib Drums, Keyboards
Red Alert Vocals
Kaye Fox Vocals
John Adams fender rhodes
Hannah Sidibe Vocals
Chloe Flower Piano
Maestro Harrell Keyboards
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Salaam Remi Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dan Wilson Composer, Producer
Gary Noble Engineer
Anthony Hamilton Composer
No I.D. Producer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Chris Atlas Marketing
Michael Seltzer Music Business Affairs
Cara Walker Package Production
Heavy D Arranger, Producer
Gabe Tesoriero Publicity
Brian Sumner Engineer
Buckwild Producer
Tai Linzie Photo Coordination
Rob Kinelski Engineer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Producer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla Engineer
Alex Haldi Art Direction
Tim Davies String Arrangements
Da Internz Arranger, Producer
Antoinette Trotman Music Business Affairs
Noah Shebib Arranger, Producer
Stuart White Engineer
Angel Onhel Aponte Engineer
Vol S. Davis III Music Business Affairs
Ian Allen Music Business Affairs
Al Shux Producer
Meredith Truax Photo Coordination
Matt Champlin Engineer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
Brian Sutnick Marketing
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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Great Album, This is his last Album under Def jam Records, and I

    Great Album, This is his last Album under Def jam Records, and I personally think it is his best. the lyrics are strong but real, and relateable, the best of Nasir jones for sure, and there is no shortage of ecletic taste, each track sounds very different from the one berfore

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