Nas
The Lost Tapes


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by zebz USER (1 Reviews)
April 5th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Nas’s 2002 release The Lost Tapes is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that draws primarily on material from the I Am…, Nastradamus and Stillmatic sessions. Originally intended as a double album, I Am… was heavily affected by bootlegging prior to its release, resulting in many tracks being left on the cutting room floor. The resulting single disc album was intermittently inspired but like much of his post-Illmatic work, it suffered from sub standard beats and a slew of unnecessary guest spots that dulled the albums edge. The Lost Tapes provides a glimpse of what might have been and is an altogether leaner, sharper record that, for a few tracks at least - harkens back to the poetic wordplay and effortless flow of Illmatic.

It’s no secret that much of the appeal of a Nas album comes from his ability to pen simultaneously poignant and gritty depictions of street life, and The Lost Tapes best tracks (“Purple”, “Doo Rags”, “Drunk By Myself”) are no different, marrying silky smooth piano hooks with some trademark lyrical turns of phrase: “unmarked police cars roam the streets hard, the heat is god, somebody tell these shorties reach for the stars/instead they tell ‘em how to reach through the bars/holdin a mirror lookin down a tear in jail, makin weapons to kill ya”. Elsewhere, he raps from the perspective of a baby inside the womb (“Fetus”) and revisits his salad days on warm, emotive album opener “Doo Rags”: “I used to play Apollo balcony seats/watchin niggaz swing razors in the front row/then out in the streets”. The production, courtesy of The Alchemist, L.E.S. and Rockwilder among others, is generally solid but not averse to throwing up a few uninteresting beats or misjudged samples for Nas to rap over, and its these tracks, such as the trite “Nothing Lasts Forever”, that drag the album down a little. Despite these flaws, The Lost Tapes is proof that even Nas’s cast offs are worthy of repeated listens.


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Bulldog
April 5th 2011


3796 Comments


Nas’s 2002 release The Lost Tapes is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that draws primarily on material from the I Am…, Nastradamus and Stillmatic sessions.


Your first sentence is all anybody needs to know about this album. Good, little review, especially for a second. Pos'd.

ButcheredChildren
April 5th 2011


5591 Comments


Guess the tapes aren't lost anymore.

pedroia55
April 5th 2011


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sooooo much better than Illmatic

badhouses
April 5th 2011


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guess the tapes aren't lost anymore


have you considered a career as a comedian in fukushima, japan

Bulldog
April 5th 2011


3796 Comments


have you considered a career as a comedian in fukushima, japan


lol i like this guy

ButcheredChildren
April 5th 2011


5591 Comments


have you considered a career as a comedian in fukushima, japan


That was good, I must have written that one for you.

MUNGOLOID
April 5th 2011


4305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too bad Lost Tapes 2 will prolly never come out.

ButcheredChildren
April 5th 2011


5591 Comments


too bad Lost Tapes 2 will prolly never come out.

Well they have to be found first, duh

Counterfeit
April 5th 2011


17819 Comments


who didnt see that coming

MUNGOLOID
April 5th 2011


4305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh wow lol.

ckunke002
June 6th 2011


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nas's greatest

pedroia55
June 6th 2011


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HELL YES

oltnabrick
November 9th 2013


30848 Comments


sleep with my heat, wash with my gun in the shower

Digging: Prurient - Bermuda Drain

PappyMason
August 22nd 2014


834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'too bad Lost Tapes 2 will prolly never come out.'

I watched a recent discussion with Nas today where he said that he's still planning on releasing The Lost Tapes 2, so fingers crossed.

Digging: Susumu Yokota - Sakura



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