Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Nas
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Greatest Hits

Already considered one of hip-hop's great MCs, a claim made even more believable by the fact that he's able to continue to release relevant, often controversial, material -- material that, while perhaps not as great as what was on his debut, Illmatic, is still interesting and intelligent and generally pretty decent -- Nas has been due for a true greatest-hits collection for a while now. The aptly titled Greatest Hits does just that, tracing his career chronologically, from the aforementioned Illmatic (and it makes sense that there are four tracks from that album -- the most of any -- included) to Street's Disciple (which only boasts one, "Bridging the Gap"). 2006's Hip Hop Is Dead is left out here, but there are two new songs, neither of which is as good as "Life's a Bitch" or even "Street Dreams," but both of which are still pretty fun. The in-demand Cee-Lo Green adds his distinctive vocals to the spooky "Less Than an Hour" (which also can be found on the Rush Hour 3 soundtrack), and even the Chris Webber-produced "Surviving the Times," on which Nas raps about his life and his experiences making music, is well done, though not particularly inventive or unique. There's not much out of the ordinary here: the songs included are all among the MC's most popular and feature the appropriately well-known guest stars (Diddy, when he was Puff Daddy, on "Hate Me Now" and R. Kelly on the remix of "Street Dreams"), which means that even with the new tracks it may not be enough to entice or satisfy a diehard, but for those not expecting or needing more than a decent retrospective, Greatest Hits should do the trick. [Greatest Hits was also released in a clean version, with all curse words removed.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886971089028
catalogNumber: 710890
Rank: 127315

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Vincent Henry   Guitar,Harmonica,Strings,Baritone Saxophone
Olu Dara   Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet
Mercedes Abal   Flute
Lauryn Hill   Vocals
Angela Hunte   Vocals,Background Vocals
Salaam "The Chameleon" Rami   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Rhythm
Kathryn Bostic   Background Vocals
Chanelle Gstettenbauer   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmy Heath   Composer
Paul Mitchell   Composer
Oliver Scott   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Olu Dara   Composer
Nas   Producer
R. Kelly   Remixing
Samuel Barnes   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Large Professor   Producer
Q-Tip   Producer
Salaam Remi   Composer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Jason Vogel   Engineer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Ronnie Wilson   Composer
Kurt Walker   Composer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Steve Souder   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Composer,Producer
Rashad Smith   Producer
L.E.S.   Producer,Executive Producer
George R. "Golden Fingers" Pearson   Arranger
Roy Hammond   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Tone   Producer
D. Moet   Producer
Piers Marsh   Composer
Megahertz   Composer
Chris Webber   Producer
Mike "The Razor" Brinkley   Arranger
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Gavin Marchand   Composer
Salaam "The Chameleon" Rami   Producer,Executive Producer,rhythm arrangement
Chris Feldman   Art Direction
Graham Marsh   Engineer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer,Executive Producer

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