Nas
NASIR


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sebastian USER (71 Reviews)
June 16th, 2018 | 185 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Four from four.

In my Kids See Ghosts review, I used the analogy of a family; DAYTONA is the hardcore older brother, Ye is the soulful older sister, and KSG is the younger sibling trying so desperately to be heard. So, with NASIR, we have the beatdown father; a worried man trying to reinforce that the world is cruel and heartless. It even matches the listening party; speakers were set up at Queens in New York, open for all to come and enjoy the music. It didn’t feel introverted or exclusive. Rather, it felt enticing to the common person, and the album feels that way.

Loud and proud, Kanye steers Nas back in the direction of relevancy, if stumbling a little on the way through.

Though it doesn’t have the selling points previous Kanye albums do, NASIR does enough to stand tall next to its predecessors. The album dips in and out of moods, beginning with the statement that is ‘Not For Radio’; Abe Lincoln did not free the enslaved/Progress was made ‘cause we forced the proclamation and the chorus I think they scared of us; before delving into the genuinely worrying ‘Cops Shot The Kid’. This simple phrase acts as the main beat, a low drum beat pumping in the back as Nas presents a topic all too concerning; White kids are brought in alive/Black kids get hit with like five. Kanye’s footprint is all over the album, but his impact on this track breeds one of the best lines; Won’t be satisfied ‘til we all die/Tell me, who do we call to report crime/If 9-1-1 doin’ the driveby".

With three albums already showing the range of Kanye’s production quality, NASIR feels like a more specific choice for his performer. Beats continually compliment Nas’ synonymous voice and flow with subtle piano on tracks like ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Adam and Eve’. Nas’ lyricism at times can feel too tongue-and-cheek; ‘Bonjour’ and She didn’t see me comin’, now she’s an eyewitness comes to mind; but the reliability of Kanye as a producer still allows him to come off as both comedic and genuine. This can also be explained away with Kayne’s explanation of the tracklist of NASIR all relating to the seven deadly sins. Some are more obvious than others; My pedigree above you ass, you’ll never see I/I love the past, but see, where I’m goin’ I get to fly on ‘Simple Things’ relating to pride; but the overarching theme does tend to enhance the listening experience but also get lost in translation. It’s easy to listen to NASIR without the context, particularly when tracks like the aforementioned ‘Cops Shot The Kid’ are so obvious in their presentation. But it doesn’t detract from NASIR to feel like a missed opportunity. Rather, it’s there for those who are willing to delve a little deeper, but what’s on the surface is enough to allow the album to excel as a Nas album.

So, as the father figure that is NASIR comes and goes, with closer ‘Simple Things’ presenting just that; I just want my kids to have the same peace I’m blessed with; it perhaps doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor Kanye’s previous releases so obviously presented. However, that’s what makes it more intriguing; it’s a Kanye-produced Nas album in 2018. No off-the-cuff musical direction, no over-the-top moments, just a straight forward, highly intriguing album that touches on several subjects whilst maintaining an obvious direction. Nas is given the canvas to let his flow control the album, and his decades of experience shine through, resulting in an album that satisfies the Nas/Kanye itch.

Four from four.

3.8/5

Recommended Tracks: Not For Radio, Cops Shot The Kid, Simple Things



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Drubbi
June 16th 2018


266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

KSG >> DAYTONA >> Ye >>> NASIR



Cops Shot The Kid is probably one of the best tracks from the four albums overall though, despite the album overall being a little underwhelming.

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BlackwaterPork
June 16th 2018


4168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Daytona>this>ksg>>>>>ye

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RadioheadIsOverrated
June 16th 2018


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

KSG > Ye > NASIR > DAYTONA, although I at least like all 4 albums.

Ryus
June 16th 2018


16297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bonjour is cool

Ryus
June 16th 2018


16297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ksg>daytona>this>>ye

FreddieDelaney31
June 16th 2018


4049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This=KSG>Daytona>>>Ye

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Gyromania
June 16th 2018


25358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Daytona last? Pft hell naw

RadicalEd
June 16th 2018


9272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

daytonas>>ksg=this>>>>ye

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2018


67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Daytona is so far and away the best album of the 4, this one's pretty decent but a little disappointing

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Ebola
June 16th 2018


3143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is very disappointing. The hooks just aren’t there, and Kanye’s production isn’t all that special. Daytona and KSG destroy this.

botb
June 16th 2018


11603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If you’re listening to Nas for hooks I don’t really know what to tell you

LethalPaintball
June 16th 2018


983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really not feeling this one

weakest of the good music run for me

and unfortunately this means ill probably never enjoy a nas project that isn't illmatic

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rabidfish
June 16th 2018


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

i mean it's not AWFUL

it's just boring

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joesmoe4000
June 16th 2018


611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Edit: album is starting to get better with repeated listens

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glorybox94
June 16th 2018


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This, Daytona, Ye

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Sharkattack
June 16th 2018


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is the best of the bunch

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glorybox94
June 16th 2018


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

agreed

glorybox94
June 16th 2018


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

1. NASIR 2. KIDS SEE GHOSTS 3. DAYTONA 4. ye



and this coming from someone who owns and loves every Kanye album

Gyromania
June 16th 2018


25358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Building my own compilation from these projects. Will prob end up being 10-12 songs in length

bigguytoo9
June 16th 2018


445 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Daytona is the best one of the 4, Nasir, KSG, YE. Are my rankings.



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