Nas (Explicit) CD - Nas (2008)

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 208164314
UPC 602517752764
UPC 14 00602517752764
Format CD
Release Date 7/15/2008
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Author Nas
Compilation Appearance Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hell On Earth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pieces Of A Man (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance R. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Kiss Tha Game Goodbye (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Aziatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fix (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Just Tryin' Ta Live (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Take A Look In The Mirror (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Red Light District (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Welcome To Jamrock (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Better Dayz(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Professional Part 3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Evolution Of The Groove
Compilation Appearance Nas Ill Will Records Presents Queen
Compilation Appearance Wild Pitch Classics(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Cadillac Records (Music from the Motion Picture)
Compilation Appearance Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance A Different Me
Compilation Appearance Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Victory(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2010
Compilation Appearance Shaolin Vs Wu Tang(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Songs In A Minor (10Th Ann De)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter IV (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Compilation Appearance My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition]
Compilation Appearance Best Of The Roots
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Compilation Appearance The Dreamer, The Believer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mf Life
Compilation Appearance Mf Life(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Careless World
Compilation Appearance Careless World(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fortune(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fortune
Compilation Appearance Fortune(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fortune
Compilation Appearance Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Spirit Indestructible
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday:roman Reloaded Re Up(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hall Of Fame(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hall Of Fame
Compilation Appearance Hall Of Fame
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:korn
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:run Dmc
Compilation Appearance INFAMOUS MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance AKA (Deluxe Edited)
Compilation Appearance AKA (Deluxe Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS 6(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance NASTRADAMUS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blacc Hollywood
Compilation Appearance BLACC HOLLYWOOD(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ecology
Compilation Appearance Rebel Heart Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe) [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Jagged Edge
Compilation Appearance ICON:SLICK RICK(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Az
Associated Artist/Work DMX
Associated Artist/Work Green Lantern
Associated Artist/Work J. Period
Associated Artist/Work Khalifa, Wiz
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Damian
Technical Info
Engineer Mikkel S. Eriksen; Gina Victoria; Derrick Selby; Brian Sumner; Frank Socorro; Gabriel Roth; Rich Leissler; Kevin Crouse; Mike Wilson
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
CatalogID 001150502
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 07/15/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 06025177527642
Musical Guests
Eban Thomas
The Last Poets
The Game
Chris Brown
Keri Hilson
Busta Rhymes
Mykel
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Johnny Polygon, Stic.man (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).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Kevin Crouse; Mark Batson; Phil Tan; Billy Hume; Keri Hilson.
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.
Arranger: Stic.man.
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.
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."
Artist Bio
NasBeginning 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 will.i.am; 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.
Disc 1
1 Queens Get The Money
2 You Can't Stop Us Now - (featuring Eban Thomas/The Last Poets)
3 Breathe
4 Make the World Go Round - (featuring Game/Chris Brown)
5 Hero - (featuring Keri Hilson)
6 America
7 Sly Fox
8 Testify
9 N.I.*.*.E.R. (The Slave and the Master)
10 Untitled
11 Fried Chicken - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
12 Project Roach - (featuring The Last Poets)
13 Y'all My Ni**as
14 We're Not Alone - (featuring Mykel)
15 Black President
Reviews
ReviewSource Dot Music
Review 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.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Angus Batey
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist NAS
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Billboard ...the Queens MC impresses his listener while provoking social and political thought.
Entertainment Weekly It's refreshing to hear a complicated record that doesn't shy from grown-up ambition.
Hot Press Ho & bling free rap of the highest thought provoking order.
MSN Consumer Guide 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.
PopMatters ...a more mature, emotionally-driven, and philosophically-complex piece of work [than Illmatic]. It's also a masterpiece.

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