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Nas: Life Is Good
Buy! - (Def Jam)
The veteran New York rapper sounds recharged and laser-focused on his latest album, a shockingly strong return to form that’s filled with the kind of gritty, detailed narratives that first made his reputation, but this time from the perspective of an older, more mature man dealing with the breakup of his marriage and worrying about his teenage daughter while condemning casual street violence and reminiscing about NYC hip hop’s golden era. His sharp rhymes are accompanied by warm production (primarily from No I.D. and Salaam Remi) infused with soul and jazz, combining a variety of samples, lush strings, horns and more with some seriously banging hip hop beats. 7/20/2012 - Don Yates
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It Was Written - 7/15/1996