Street's Disciple



by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
April 5th, 2011 | 24 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As bad as Nastradamus was, at least it was only one disc…

The double album in hip-hop has produced mixed results, at best they’re labeled as a “It would’ve been a classic had it been trimmed down to one disc,” as in the case of Life After Death and All Eyez on Me. Most of the time though, they are just bloated albums loaded with filler in order to fill up two discs. The problem is that when an artist poses the question “Why should I do this?” If the answer is more money, then more than likely they’re going to do it. A double album is just an opportunity to make a bit more money and inflate numbers since one copy of Street’s Disciple counts as two albums sold, requiring the sale of only a half million copies to acquire platinum status.

On Street’s Disciple, Nas makes few concessions to the mainstream, reaching out to his long time fans who remember his past glory. The album’s title itself is a reference to his first ever verse back in 1991 on Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbeque.’ Much like he did when he titled his fifth album STILLmatic, it was a thinly veiled attempt at getting people to remember that this was the guy who had the classic album Illmatic. At this point, complacency seemed to be setting in for Nas, he’d already had a great career, felt he had nothing left to prove and was about to get married.

On ‘These Are Our Heroes’, (originally titled ‘Coon’s Picnic’) Nas climbs atop his high horse and puts other artists and athletes on blast while reserving the brunt of his fury for a particular NBA star:
But there's somethin' they don't say
Keep gettin' accused for abusin' White pussay
From OJ to Kobe, uh let's call him Tobe
First he played his life cool just like Michael
Now he rock ice too just like I do
Yo, you can't do better than that?
The hotel clerk who adjusts the bathroom mat?
Now you lose sponsorships that you thought had your back
Yeah, you beat the rap jiggaboo, fake nigga you
You turn around then you sh
it on Shaq
Ironically, at the end of this track, Nas gives big ups to Tiger Woods, proving just how badly fooled everyone had been by him and that six years ago he was being looked up to as an example.

The biggest problem on most of Nas’ post-Illmatic releases has been the production. An all-star team of beat makers was assembled to work on his classic debut but unfortunately none of his later albums have had that level production an Street’s Disciple may have his worst batch of beats, or at least it has the most bad beats since this is a double album. Q-Tip, who provided the beat for Illmatic’s ‘One Love’, returns to work with Nas for the first time since then and provides an incredibly unimaginative sampling of ‘Atomic Dog’ for ‘American Way’. Clinton’s ‘Atomic Dog’ has been sampled countless times in hip-hop and if you though that in the hands of a capable producer like Q-Tip it would work, you would be mistaken, the only salvageable part of this track are Kelis’ vocals at the end. Top shelf producers L.E.S., Salaam Remi and Chucky Thompson get together and produce only one or two memorable tracks with Remi’s ‘Virgo’ being one of the best. Doug E. Fresh provides the beat boxing for ‘Virgo’ were Nas and Ludacris rap with a fun, old school style. The track ‘Me & You’ is dedicated to his daughter Destiny, it’s very heartfelt but his tales of promiscuity on ‘Remember the Times’ seem contradictory when there is a song made for his daughter on the same album.

Street’s Disciple isn’t what most people were expecting when they heard ‘Thief’s Theme’ with Salaam Remi’s magnificent sampling of Iron Butterfly. This track although recycling some of his Illmatic lyrics, is one of the best on the album but also shows Nas clinging to the past and trying to relive his glory days which, after listening to this album, seem like a distant memory.

Recommended tracks:
Thief’s Theme
A Message to the Feds, Sincerely, We the People

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Comments:Add a Comment 
April 6th 2011


Album Rating: 2.0

huge disappointment but I was really taken aback by that verse about Kobe

April 6th 2011


i love illmatic. someone convince me he has another album worth listening to.

April 6th 2011


Solid review. Pos.

April 6th 2011


nice review somberlain. I've only heard bits and pieces of this (and was mainly only paying attention to the beats) but was never too impressed.

had never heard that verse about Kobe, but yeah, that's pretty shitty...

April 6th 2011


i love illmatic. someone convince me he has another album worth listening to.

god's son
it was written
untitled if you can stand great rapping with shitty beats. (sly fox is an awesome song though)

April 6th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

i wonder if that rumor of Scarlett being a voice altered version of Nas was ever true.

April 6th 2011


good job Somb, not interested in getting this one. I figure Illmatic, Stillmatic, It Was Written, and God's Son are all the NAS I need.

April 7th 2011


Album Rating: 2.0

I figure Illmatic, Stillmatic, It Was Written, and God's Son are all the NAS I need.

pretty much, although Lost Tapes has a few good tracks

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

No One Else In The Room might be Nas' most annoying song.

I want to enjoy this album more than I do. I'm not sure 3 is even right...

Storm In A Teacup
April 19th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Except 8 months later I love it lol.

Storm In A Teacup
April 30th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Quote=Revew "Ironically, at the end of this track, Nas gives big ups to Tiger Woods, proving just how badly fooled everyone had been by him and that six years ago he was being looked up to as an example."

I feel I must point out that on Stillmatic's "What Goes Around" Nas says, and I quote, "I don't judge Tiger Woods, but I overstand a mental poison that's even worser than drugs".

So he wasn't neccessarily fooled, but gave him the benifit of the doubt. =)

November 20th 2012


This album isn't anywhere near as bad as nastradamus. IN fact it isn't bad at all. The first disc is really good actually, though the best song is ont he second disc (the title track)

Storm In A Teacup
April 18th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

I really do not agree with the reviews interpretation of this album at all.

December 9th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

there's a certain lo-fi vibe to this album that i really dig

April 18th 2015


Album Rating: 5.0

This album is excellent. It is a classic, wow.

Album Rating: 9.9/10

Best Tracks:

A Message To The Feds

Nazareth Savage

Thief's Theme

Bridging The Gap

Just A Moment

Worst Tracks:

You Know My Style

Me & You (Dedicated To Destiny)

December 23rd 2016


Album Rating: 4.5

This is insanely underrated, almost every song on the first disc is great

Get Low
April 23rd 2018


Album Rating: 1.5

This album has been the kryptonite of my Nas discog run. I've only been able to get through like three tracks. It's so bad, and it's so long.

Get Low
October 1st 2018


Album Rating: 1.5

I would listen to Nastradamus 1,000 times before ever sitting through this again.

Get Low
August 21st 2020


Album Rating: 1.5

Still one of the worst albums I've ever heard.

August 21st 2020


Album Rating: 3.0



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