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Format: CD
Sku: 208164314
UPC: 602517752764
UPC 14: 00602517752764
Release Date: 7/15/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Queens Get The Money ~ Nas
2. You Can't Stop Us Now - (featuring Eban Thomas/The Last Poets) ~ Nas
3. Breathe ~ Nas
4. Make the World Go Round - (featuring Game/Chris Brown) ~ Nas
5. Hero - (featuring Keri Hilson) ~ Nas
6. America ~ Nas
7. Sly Fox ~ Nas
8. Testify ~ Nas
9. N.I.*.*.E.R. (The Slave and the Master) ~ Nas
10. Untitled ~ Nas
11. Fried Chicken - (featuring Busta Rhymes) ~ Nas
12. Project Roach - (featuring The Last Poets) ~ Nas
13. Y'all My Ni**as ~ Nas
14. We're Not Alone - (featuring Mykel) ~ Nas
15. Black President ~ Nas
Marketing Description This title is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2008.

"...the Queens MC impresses his listener while provoking social and political thought.  Billboard
"It's refreshing to hear a complicated record that doesn't shy from grown-up ambition.  Entertainment Weekly
"Ho & bling free rap of the highest thought provoking order.  Hot Press
"The beats beat Green Lantern's. And what the finale has to say about Obama is so sane I may just check out van Sertima myself.  MSN Consumer Guide
"...a more mature, emotionally-driven, and philosophically-complex piece of work [than Illmatic]. It's also a masterpiece.  PopMatters

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Johnny Polygon, (vocals); J. Myers (guitar, background vocals); Kevin Mayer, Binky Griptite, Thomas Brenneck (guitar); Eddie Montilla, Idalia String Ensemble (strings); Neal Sugarman (tenor saxophone); Ian Hendrickson (baritone saxophone); Bruce Purse (horns, background vocals); Vincent Henry (horns); Victor Axelrod (piano); Brian Kennedy, Mikuak Rai, Jason Perry (keyboards); Homer Steinweiss (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: John Frye; Kevin Crouse; Mark Batson; Phil Tan; Billy Hume; Keri Hilson.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cinematic Studios, New York, NY; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Legacy Recording Studio, New York, NY; Manhattan Center Studios, New York, NY; NRG Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Patchwerk Recording, Atlanta, GA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Royal Z Entertainment, Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, C; SoundTrap Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Record Room, N. Miami, FL; Touch 510 Studios, S. Orange, NJ; Warrior Studios; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Muze PNote Arranger:
Muze PNote Nasir Jones's controversially untitled LP follows the impressive trifecta of GOD'S SON, STREET'S DISCIPLE, and HIP-HOP IS DEAD. This latest record leans on gritty, often metallic production and a mission of personal catharsis, often in congress with a current sociopolitical pointedness. Nas's most aggressive eviscerations are saved for the hard-rocking rampage of "Sly Fox," which stands up for Ludacris and other MCs assaulted by conservative pundits, as if playing the role of the protective older brother. But for all the album's candid nihilism, perhaps the most moving moment is still one of hope, as articulated on "Black President." Poignantly sampling a 2Pac lyric about it seeming "heaven sent," Nas ponders the pros and cons of Obama's ascension. And the use of Shakur's words serves as a way for Nas to communicate a message to the fellow free-thinkers who inspired him, but who didn't live to see such progress in the face of relative chaos.

Producer: Eric Hudson; J. Myers; Jay Electronica; James "Polow Da Don" Jones; Mark Batson; Mark Ronson; DJ Green Lantern; Stic. Man; Saleh; L.A. Reid; Nasir Jones

Engineer: Mikkel S. Eriksen; Gina Victoria; Derrick Selby; Brian Sumner; Frank Socorro; Gabriel Roth; Rich Leissler; Kevin Crouse; Mike Wilson

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eban Thomas
Muze Guest Artist The Last Poets
Muze Guest Artist The Game
Muze Guest Artist Chris Brown
Muze Guest Artist Keri Hilson
Muze Guest Artist Busta Rhymes
Muze Guest Artist Mykel

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Hell On Earth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pieces Of A Man (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Just Tryin' Ta Live (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (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 Aziatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Take A Look In The Mirror (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional Part 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Red Light District (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Street Love
Muze Music Compilations Nas Ill Will Records Presents Queen
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 Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
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 Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations A Different Me
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Victory(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold 2010
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 God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Lioness: Hidden Treasures
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 Fortune(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fortune
Muze Music Compilations Fortune(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fortune
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
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
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 Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS 6(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations NASTRADAMUS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ecology
Muze Music Compilations Shaolin Vs Wu Tang(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Evolution Of The Groove
Muze Music Compilations Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 2(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations AKA (Deluxe Edited)
Muze Music Compilations AKA (Deluxe Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BLACC HOLLYWOOD(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rebel Heart Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Jagged Edge
Muze Music Compilations Songs In A Minor (10Th Ann De)
Muze Music Compilations Careless World
Muze Music Compilations Wild Pitch Classics(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Careless World(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Spirit Indestructible
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame
Muze Music Compilations Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe) [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations ICON:SLICK RICK(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Green Lantern
J. Period
Khalifa, Wiz
Marley, Damian
Distant Relatives [PA] [Digipak] ~ Marley, Damian
Nas & Ill Will Records Presents: QB Finest [PA] ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/15/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001150502
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 06025177527642

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.96)
- Ranked #43 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "[A] battle-rhyme tour de force..."

XXL (Magazine)
- "Nas delivers a 360-degree thesis on the African experience in America....With his unbridled originality and powerful prose, Nas delivers the perfect album for today's imperfect world."

Dot Music 10 of 10
This much we know already: Nasir Jones's ninth full-length arrives on a raft of controversy, its title, "N*gger", expunged after US retail chains refused to stock it. "Hip Hop Is Dead", its predecessor, crystallised the debates raging around rap's relevance and the music's direction...This record is "Hip Hop Is Dead"'s follow-up in every sense, as Nas homes in on questions of race and language that were intrinsic parts of the previous album's multi-layered argument...On the most cogent and consistent album-length polemic since Public Enemy released "Fear Of A Black Planet" in 1990, Nas examines his topic from every relevant angle. Even supposedly lighter moments, such as the Mark Ronson-produced "Fried Chicken", are waist-deep in the muddy waters he's chosen to wade into. The tirade against biased news reporting, "Sly Fox", is an immediate high, but this vitally important and uniformly excellent record is filled with tracks that gradually yield their erudition and wit to careful attention...Brilliantly sequenced, the album reaches a euphoric climax with the "Yes, we can change the world" hook of "Black President", a close cousin of Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar"...But it is "Hero", the first single, that gives the album its pulse. Over a Polow Da Don beat that's the aural equivalent of sunlight painfully dazzling as it shimmers on rippling water, Nas abandons his customary laid-back flow to almost shout about responsibility and purpose, before addressing his own immediate present..."I been preparin' this album my whole life", Nas raps on the video to "Be A N*gger Too", a mixtape-only track omitted from the LP. He's not wrong: there is a lifetime of patience, growth and understanding poured into this record. Forget the rest - yes, even the near-perfect "Illmatic": this is his magnum opus - the one history will judge him by. - Angus Batey



Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the vacated throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 assassination. Such headline-worthy drama informed Nas' provocative rhymes, which he delivered with both a masterful flow and a wise perspective over beats by a range of producers: legends like DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Pete Rock; hitmakers like Trackmasters, Timbaland, and; street favorites like Swizz Beatz, Megahertz, and the Alchemist; and personal favorites of his own like L.E.S., Salaam Remi, and Chucky Thompson. Nas likewise collaborated with some of the industry's leading video directors, including Hype Williams and Chris Robinson, presenting singles like "Hate Me Now," "One Mic," and "I Can" with dramatic flair. Throughout all the ups (the acclaim, popularity, and success) and downs (the expectations, adversaries, and over-reaching), Nas continually matured as an artist, evolving from a young street disciple to a vain all-knowing sage to a humbled godly teacher. Such growth made every album release an event and prolonged his increasingly storied career to epic proportions.

Born Nasir Jones, son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas dropped out of school in the eighth grade, trading classrooms for the streets of the rough Queensbridge projects, long fabled as the former stomping ground of Marley Marl and his Juice Crew as immortalized in "The Bridge." Despite dropping out of school, Nas developed a high degree of literacy that would later characterize his rhymes. At the same time, though, he delved into street culture and flirted with danger, such experiences similarly characterizing his rhymes. His synthesis of well-crafted rhetoric and street-glamorous imagery blossomed in 1991 when he connected with Main Source and laid down a fiery verse on "Live at the Barbeque" that earned him up-and-coming notice among the East Coast rap scene. Not long afterward, MC Serch of 3rd Bass approached Nas about contributing a track to the Zebrahead soundtrack. Serch was the soundtrack's executive producer and had been impressed by "Live at the Barbeque." Nas submitted "Halftime," and the song so stunned Serch that he made it the soundtrack's leadoff track.

Product Attributes

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