Street's Disciple

Street's Disciple

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by Nas
     
 

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Ten years deep in the rap game, Nas unveiled Street's Disciple, an indulgent album that sprawls across two discs, freewheeling through a dizzying array of ace productions and thoughtful raps. The album is very much a continuation of its predecessor, God's Son: both helmed primarily by producers See more details below

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Ten years deep in the rap game, Nas unveiled Street's Disciple, an indulgent album that sprawls across two discs, freewheeling through a dizzying array of ace productions and thoughtful raps. The album is very much a continuation of its predecessor, God's Son: both helmed primarily by producers Salaam Remi and Chucky Thompson, both uncompromising personal statements that make few concessions to the pop market, and both undoubtedly fascinating, if overindulgent. The difference is, Street's Disciple goes a step further, indulging all the more in the creative whims of Nas. And, with the exception of some first-disc throwaways, the result is nothing short of astounding, especially if you've followed Nas over the course of his first decade. Catchy hooks are few and far between here, granted, with most of the songs crafted as if they were freestyle raps. This works, though, because Nas benefits from outstanding productions, a peerless rap style, and an interesting back-story. The 25 productions here are all courtesy of longtime Nas collaborators Salaam Remi, Chucky Thompson, and L.E.S., with only a couple exceptions (Nas produces a couple himself). These guys know Nas better than anyone, and they deliver the goods: hardcore beats for the streets, usually laced with an inventive sample for a hook effect. These riffs offer Nas ample room to let loose, and he does precisely that on one track after another, often touching upon a specific theme yet doing so in a loose, free-associative manner that highlights his talent for wordplay and storytelling. Within his raps, Nas often mines his own past, present, and future: for instance, he touches upon his heritage ("Bridging the Gap"), his impending marriage ("Getting Married"), his eventual death ("Live Now"), his influences ("U.B.R."), his most memorable female conquests ("Remember the Times"). All of this amounts to a lavish album sure to dazzle true hip-hop heads, who will find much to admire and study here, from the especially deep and twisted raps to the sample-rich productions. On the other hand, all of this also amounts to an album that might prove somewhat impenetrable to those who aren't already attuned to the legacy of Nas. Either way, Street's Disciple is another key album in that ongoing legacy, further evidence that Nas is back on track after falling off during the late '90s with I Am and Nastradamus. It's not a perfect album -- it's far too indulgent for that -- and would have been stronger as a single disc, but its ambitious sprawl makes for a powerful statement that Nas disciples will surely savor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969206522
catalogNumber:
92065
Rank:
122555

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. A Message to the Feds, Sincerely, We the People
  3. Nazareth Savage
  4. American Way  -  Kelis
  5. These Are Our Heroes
  6. Disciple
  7. Sekou Story
  8. Live Now
  9. Rest of My Life
  10. Just a Moment  -  Quan
  11. Reason
  12. You Know My Style

Disc 2

  1. Suicide Bounce  - Busta Rhymes
  2. Street's Disciple
  3. U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography of Rakim)
  4. Virgo  -  Ludacris
  5. Remember the Times (Intro)
  6. Remember the Times
  7. The Makings of a Perfect B****
  8. Getting Married
  9. No One Else in the Room  -  Maxwell
  10. Bridging the Gap
  11. War  - Keon Bryce
  12. Me & You (Dedicated to Destiny)
  13. Thief's Theme

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Harmonica,Strings,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Olu Dara   Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Vocals
Doug E. Fresh   Beat Box
Herb Middleton   Bass,Keyboards
Salaam Remi   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Drums,fender rhodes
Nut   Keyboards
Chucky Thompson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Shaker,Hi Hat
L.E.S.   Drums
John Adams   Strings,fender rhodes
Amerie   Background Vocals
Makeba Riddick   Background Vocals
Katherine Bostic   Vocals
DJ No Request   scratching
David Downing   Cello
Quan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kool & the Gang   Composer
Olu Dara   Composer,Hook
Lightnin' Rod   Composer
Nas   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
G. Clinton   Composer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Herb Middleton   Producer
Q-Tip   Producer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Buck Wild   Producer
Gary Noble   Engineer
J. Brown   Composer
B. White   Composer
Nut   Producer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer,Instrumentation
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Eddie OLoughlin   Producer
L.E.S.   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
A. Baker   Composer
J.K. Simmons   Composer
R. Stone   Composer
B.H. Edwards   Composer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Patrick Cahalan   Graphic Design
L. David Lewis   Composer
Justin Cohen   Imaging
Nasir "Nas" Jones   Composer,Executive Producer
Debora Francis   Prop Stylist
Bernardo "Nardo" Williams   Producer

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