In word: disappointing. Nas still brings his trademark lyrical prowess, but the album (arguably a gimmick from the beginning because of its controversial title) goes down the worn gimmick road quickly, offering nothing but poppy un-gangsta rap. Nas is one of my all time faves, but its hard to focus on his words when his music and structures are so ho hum, all glitz and glamour. Nas used to have a message; now its "lets make money". Bullshit Nas, bullshit.