Still, he's not quite the same all-seeing prodigy fans fell in love with a quarter-century ago -- and recent abuse allegations have altered many fans' relationship with him in a way they never could have guessed at the time. Nas, the vanguard of realness, was one of them. Ronald Isley Nastradamus , Busta Rhymes Untitled , Busta Rhymes follows up with a verse just as good and maybe doubly as funny. Of course, Nas would take his love for fried chicken past an extended metaphor.
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Jim Cooper. The album changed the industry, raising the bar lyrically in the same way Rakim did on "Paid In Full. In honor of the anniversary, we've ranked every song in Nas' catalog. Before we get to the list, let's clarify what constitutes a "Nas song. Everything from each of his 12 studio albums, as well as new songs featured on official compilations including "The Lost Tapes" and soundtracks, was eligible. That includes official bonus tracks. However, we did NOT count songs on collaborative albums. Mixtapes and demo tapes were ineligible as well. Though, we did consider remixes, if they were released as singles?
Part of the getting-to-know-each-other process was this B-side, a joyously carefree slice of irreverent late-golden-era rap which found all four MCs on fine, rambunctious, if occasionally very off-colour form. At that time, Jones was still going by the name Nasty Nas, and his verse — a follow-on from his Main Source turn — traded on the same cartoonish villain persona. This may not be his finest verse, but he contributes fully to a great if oft-overlooked record, and as an example of the state of the art he was about to upend and transcend, it gives an instructive sense of context for what was to follow. The rest of this list could be filled with the nine full-length tracks from Illmatic , and few would complain. But it would be perverse not to include at least one of its bejewelled moments. This collaboration with Q-Tip is a standout even on an album as uniformly excellent as Illmatic. You know you got a son? Together they helped New York rap re-establish itself after a period of gangsta-funk-derived dominance for Los Angeles, and before the Dirty South entered the frame and proved hip-hop had more than two regional power centres. Yet the artists were never really part of a cohesive scene, with beefs between them more apparent than any sense of comradeship or regional unity.
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