Nas [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Never averse to getting the pants of others in a twist, Nas said in 2006 that what developed into this self-titled album was, at the time, titled the six-letter version of the "N" word. The following year, the NAACP buried the five-letter version along with each variant, as the obituary states at a Detroit ceremony, replete with a horse-drawn carriage, a casket, and the presence of "hip-hop legend Curtis Blow" [sic], according to the NAACP press release. Whether it is believed that the word was truly placed six feet deep or merely swept beneath the proverbial rug, the word, regardless of its last syllable or the context in which it is placed, still carries a lot of power. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Never averse to getting the pants of others in a twist, Nas said in 2006 that what developed into this self-titled album was, at the time, titled the six-letter version of the "N" word. The following year, the NAACP buried the five-letter version along with each variant, as the obituary states at a Detroit ceremony, replete with a horse-drawn carriage, a casket, and the presence of "hip-hop legend Curtis Blow" [sic], according to the NAACP press release. Whether it is believed that the word was truly placed six feet deep or merely swept beneath the proverbial rug, the word, regardless of its last syllable or the context in which it is placed, still carries a lot of power. Millions of Def Jam marketing dollars could not have ensured as bright a spotlight on their artist. All he had to do was mention the one word as an album title. And from that moment until the album's release, through each leaked track, mixtape, and article tracking the status of the album, more attention was paid to the MC's moves than in the recent past. An album with a proposed title of, say, East Coasta Nastra, would not have been anticipated with nearly as much scrutiny or speculation. Nas uses the "N" word as a mere jumping-off point for his self-titled album, its initial title and final content even more closely related than the title and content of Hip Hop Is Dead. It's his most purposeful album; nearly every verse goes beyond talking trash and recalling exploits to address the change of title, the "N" word, race relations, stereotypes, the long arms and legs of Fox, love for his people and country, and the United States from slave ships through the possibility of a black president. It carries a stern lyrical focus all the way through, including the radio-aimed/Polow-produced anthem "Hero" "If Nas can't say it, think about these talented kids with new ideas being told what they can and can't spit", the gleaming "Make the World Go Round" where a proud Nas, clearly reaching out to a younger crowd, refers to the featured Chris Brown as "the young Mike Jackson", and the appropriately greasy "Fried Chicken" a cunning track in which Nas and Busta Rhymes seem to embrace and parody dietary and sexual stereotypes at once. There is as much content here to absorb, to think about, discuss, and debate, as there is within Ice Cube's Death Certificate or anything by Public Enemy or BDP. While it is not a feast from a production standpoint -- the album is not bound to silence those who contend that Nas is not the best selector of beats -- it doesn't have the hastily slapped-together flow of Street's Disciple or Hip Hop Is Dead. A couple tracks might sonically resemble inferior versions of years-old tracks that helped make Nas a hip-hop deity and, nearly ten years after Nas was first accused of selling out, he might still sound a little awkward over radio-friendly productions. But the MC has never made an album as engrossing or as necessary as this one.
New York Times - Jon Caramanica
Finally, Nas has a cause to match his temperament: his own suffering. And he hasn’t sounded as vibrant as he does on this, his ninth album, in years. On “Sly Fox,” he takes aim at a frequent antagonist, Fox News, and “You Can’t Stop Us Now” is a swaggering, proud stroll.
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
This is a sprawling, furious, deeply ambivalent theme album about institutional racism, the failures of black leadership and the pathologies and promise of early-21st-century African-American life.
Entertainment Weekly - Andy Greenwald
Neither preachy nor overly polemical, Nas uses his lyrical gifts to keep us guessing: One moment he's addressing rap fans who ''live way out in safe suburbia,'' the next he and guest Busta Rhymes gleefully play with stereotypes on the funky ''Fried Chicken.'' [B+]

This is a sprawling, furious, deeply ambivalent theme album about institutional racism, the failures of black leadership and the pathologies and promise of early-21st-century African-American life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517752764
  • Catalog Number: 001150502
  • Sales rank: 34,523

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Queens Get the Money (2:12)
  2. 2 You Can't Stop Us Now - Eban Thomas (3:05)
  3. 3 Breathe (3:34)
  4. 4 Make the World Go Round - Chris Brown (3:49)
  5. 5 Hero - Keri Hilson (4:00)
  6. 6 America (3:52)
  7. 7 Sly Fox (4:23)
  8. 8 Testify (2:46)
  9. 9 N.I.*.*.E.R. (The Slave and the Master) (4:33)
  10. 10 Untitled (2:51)
  11. 11 Fried Chicken - Busta Rhymes (2:50)
  12. 12 Project Roach (1:48)
  13. 13 Y'all My Ni**as (4:16)
  14. 14 We're Not Alone - Mykel (5:40)
  15. 15 Black President (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nas Primary Artist
Vincent Henry Horn
Bruce Purse Horn, Background Vocals
Eddie Montilla Strings
Victor Axelrod Piano
Neal Sugarman Tenor Saxophone
J. Myers Guitar, Background Vocals
Jason Perry Keyboards
Thomas "T" Hatcher Bass
0-1 Bass
Nick Movshon Bass
Kevin Mayer Guitar
Stic.man Vocals
Binky Griptite Guitar
Homer Steinweiss Drums
Ian Hendrickson Baritone Saxophone
Brian Kennedy Keyboards
Thomas Brenneck Guitar
Mikuak Rai Keyboards
Johnny Polygon Vocals
Idalia String Ensemble Strings
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Eric Hudson Producer, Instrumentation
L.A. Reid Executive Producer, Audio Production
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Mark Batson Producer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Eric Altenburger Cover Illustration
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
J. Myers Producer, Instrumentation
DJ Green Lantern Producer
Frank Socorro Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Mark Ronson Producer
Gabriel Roth Engineer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Nasir "Nas" Jones Executive Producer, Audio Production
Stic.man Arranger, Producer
Kevin Lacey Concept
Carol Corless Package Production
Derrick Selby Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Gina Victoria Engineer
TaVon Sampson Art Direction, Cover Illustration
Jay Electronica Producer
Rich Leissler Engineer
Meeno Peluce Cover Photo
Saleh Audio Production
Polow da Don Producer
Nasir Jones Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This CD is not for everyone. If you are affraid to hear the truth on what is really going on in this country then I will advise you not to purchase this album. This has to be one of the best albums of this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC

    This was a classic album at just the right time.. brings u back to P.E. and early Ice Cube. The lyrics are of course what u wld expect, but what surpirsed me was how close the album stayed to the subject matter.. its not a concept album in the sense of the words, but he defintly expounds on the things that are actually affecting this country.. racism, poverty, munipulation by the media, etc.. i dare you buy and Stand with him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Realist

    It's hard to image that hip-hop fans still think that Jay-Z is the king. J has and never will come close to the lyrical genius that Nas has. Nas has never been afraid to say whats on his mind even if it will piss some people off. This new cd is just a continuation of how great of a mc Nas is. The messages in &quot Nas&quot will have you really examining this world...but most importantly yourself. True hip-hop is back...THANKS NAS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could Have Been A Little Better

    Didnt really find the right song on this album. Unlike Hip Hop Is Dead which had about 7 or 8 tracks that were hot once you heard them, there is probably on 2 or 3 on this CD. I think that I will have to hear the songs five or six times before getting into it. But id rather here this album at its worst then listen to any of the horrible music that has been coming out &quot Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T-Pain, just to name a few&quot

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