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Learn more about Life Is Good [Deluxe Edition][Explicit]:

Format: CD
Sku: 232423222
UPC: 602537077502
UPC 14: 00602537077502
Release Date: 7/17/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. No Introduction ~ Nas
2. Loco-Motive ~ Nas
3. Queens Story, A ~ Nas
4. Accident Murderers ~ Nas
5. Daughters ~ Nas
6. Reach Out ~ Nas
7. World's an Addiction - (featuring Anthony Hamilton) ~ Nas
8. Summer on Smash - (featuring Miguel/Swizz Beatz) ~ Nas
9. You Wouldn't Understand - (featuring Victoria Monet) ~ Nas
10. Back When ~ Nas
11. Don, The ~ Nas
12. Stay ~ Nas
13. Cherry Wine ~ Nas
14. Bye Baby ~ Nas
15. Nasty ~ Nas
16. Black Bond, The ~ Nas
17. Roses ~ Nas
18. Where's the Love ~ Nas
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: 4220 Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; East West Studios, Hollywood, CA; Instrument Zoo Studios, Miami, FL; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Oven Studios, New York, NY; Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Matthew Salacuse; Andrew Zaeh.
Muze PNote That's Nas' ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress on the cover: she's a fellow recording artist, the two have a kid together, and she wasn't consulted about the album cover or the album itself. Life Is Good is that kind of album, and for the moment, Nas is that kind of guy. He may have recorded some game-changing albums early on, and his recent collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, was vital as well, but this puff-chested bitch session is a completely different animal, coming off as Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear, although this one prefers playing to radio over playing it as landmark disc, and prefers swaggering over staying on topic. Know that he's willing to take all the credit for his own Illmatic here, too, boasting that he's the best in the game before shooting insults at easy targets and his ex-wife/father-of-his-children, who never should have left because as "Roses" states, "I'm an ass magnet." This trashing without rebuttal is worth arguing about, and snarky and vicious aren't admirable qualities, so the best way to approach this unfiltered carpet bombing of love and marriage is thinking about how heartbreak can make a man go cold (808s & Heartbreak) or in this case, irresponsibly start fires. Well-funded fires, too, as Swizz Beatz's "On to the Next One" soundalike "Summer On Smash" gives Nas a bona fide club killer, and when it comes to headlines, that's the late Amy Winehouse on "Cherry Wine" in one of her last recordings -- on a track as intoxicating as its namesake. Don't let that vicious guy on the cover know that a woman also assists on the album's other truly rich moment, with Mary J. Blige in top form on "Reach Out," while Rick Ross winds up the album's top thug thanks to "Accident Murderers," a majestic street track with No I.D. on production and a reference to Illmatic's Jerome character, even when bringing that one up is sticky, seeing as Life Is Good isn't even in the same ballpark. Still, Nas doesn't seem to care, putting a Jim Jones-styled blast of boss talk called "Nasty" on the same album he pulls the heartstrings on with the well-written personal number "Daughters," but he sells it all, delivering everything here as if its classic status was assured and will never fall into an embarrassment trap, as long as the cover art isn't brought into the debate. If the game needed Illmatic, this is the one Nas needed to get out of his system, acting as a clearinghouse for all venom and bile, plus some gloss that doesn't fit but needed to go as well. ~ David Jeffries

Producer: NO I.D.; Salaam Remi

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Large Professor
Muze Guest Artist Rick Ross
Muze Guest Artist Mary J. Blige
Muze Guest Artist Anthony Hamilton
Muze Guest Artist Miguel
Muze Guest Artist Swizz Beatz
Muze Guest Artist Victoria Monet
Muze Guest Artist Amy Winehouse
Muze Guest Artist Cocaine 80s

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hell On Earth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pieces Of A Man (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Baller Blockin' (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss Tha Game Goodbye (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations God's Favorite (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Aziatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Just Tryin' Ta Live (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Take A Look In The Mirror (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 1st Infantry (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Red Light District (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Welcome To Jamrock (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Better Dayz(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Big Bang (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional Part 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Street Love
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Wild Pitch Classics(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wackness (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We Global
Muze Music Compilations We Global(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In The City(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In The City
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music from the Motion Picture)
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations A Different Me
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Hits
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations This Is East Coast Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Victory(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold 2010
Muze Music Compilations Crunk Juice Reissue
Muze Music Compilations Shaolin Vs Wu Tang(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Songs In A Minor (10Th Ann De)
Muze Music Compilations (Abstract) Best(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter IV (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition]
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations The Dreamer, The Believer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mf Life
Muze Music Compilations Mf Life(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Careless World
Muze Music Compilations Careless World(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fortune(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fortune
Muze Music Compilations Fortune(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fortune
Muze Music Compilations Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 2(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Spirit Indestructible
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday:roman Reloaded Re Up(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:korn
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:run Dmc
Muze Music Compilations INFAMOUS MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations AKA (Deluxe Edited)
Muze Music Compilations AKA (Deluxe Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations NASTRADAMUS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blacc Hollywood
Muze Music Compilations BLACC HOLLYWOOD(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Az
DMX
Green Lantern
J. Period
Marley, Damian
Distant Relatives [PA] [Digipak] ~ Marley, Damian

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/16/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3707750
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537077502

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.64)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Nas discourses on parenting and senseless violence, and shreds any doubts about his MC prowess over crisp, Nineties-tinged beats....His words alone keep us glued."

Entertainment Weekly (p.71)
- "LIFE's better moments, like the languid Amy Winehouse collab 'Cherry Wine,' manage to give his classics a run for their money..." -- Grade: B-

Billboard (p.52)
- "[T]he album feels gentler than much of Nas' recent work, as in 'World's an Addiction,' with guest vocals by Anthony Hamilton, and 'Cherry Wine,' a surprisingly breezy collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   NAS
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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