To me it’s amazing the influence on person has on another’s creative aspect of life, and after listening to the album snippet of Nas’ upcoming album Life is Good, he seems to be back in the creative space he was in prior to all the changes in his previous ventures. After a rocky marriage and interesting divorce with Kelis, to the birth of his son, Nas has seen quite the changes in his life which would alter any mans soul and creative sense. I’ve always felt that Kelis had a huge role in the music he was putting out because of the stress or influence she might have instilled in him. The only reason I’m saying that is because if I’ve been out of love before, my WHOLE mental is messed up and my creative sense struggles.
There’s nothing wrong with that considering he proved to us that even though we though he might just be an alien of musical planet we didn’t understand, he is indeed, human.
Not to say that when Hip-hop Is Dead came out in 2006 it was horrible, but I think that was the last strong offering we had from him until now. He definitely wasn’t lacking confidence in the Untitled album, it just felt more like anger influence music from someone who was worried about respect lost from his peers and parallels throughout the rough years in the industry.
Life is Good is getting my 15 on the day it drops, strictly off of singles like The Don, Daughters, Loco-Motive, and now with these album snippets surfacing it is clear that Nas has found himself and his confidence once again. There is nothing more musically appealing than a man who knows who he is, an artist who is sure of what he’s placing into your mind, and with this offering it seems he’s taking you on a journey of exactly what Nasir Jones is made of.
1. “No Introduction” (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
2. “Loco-Motive” feat. Large Professor (Produced by No I.D.)
3. “A Queens Story” (Produced by Salaam Remi)
4. “Accident Murderers” feat. Rick Ross (Produced by No I.D.)
5. “Daughters” (Produced by No I.D.)
6. “Reach Out” feat. Mary J. Blige (Produced by Salaam Remi, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Hot Day & Nas)
7. “World’s an Addiction” feat. Anthony Hamilton (Produced by Salaam Remi)
8. “Summer on Smash” feat. Miguel & Swizz Beatz (Produced by Swizz Beatz)
9. “You Wouldn’t Understand” feat. Victoria Monet (Produced by Buckwild)
10. “Back When” (Produced by No I.D.)
11. “The Don” (Produced by Salaam Remi, Heavy D & Da Internz)
12. “Stay” (Produced by No I.D.)
13. “Cherry Wine” feat. Amy Winehouse (Produced by Salaam Remi)
14. “Bye Baby” (Produced by Salaam Remi & Noah “40″ Shebib)
15. “Nasty” (Produced by Salaam Remi)
16. “The Black Bond” (Produced by Salaam Remi)
17. “Roses” (Produced by Al Shux)
18. “Where’s the Love” feat. Cocaine 80s (Produced by No I.D.)