Nas: Life Is Good (Def Jam) | Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Monday, April 22nd, 2024  


Life Is Good

Def Jam

Jul 31, 2012 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Over the course of his career, Nas has declined from World’s Best MC (back in the Illmatic days) to “oh yeah, that guy” territory (pretty much everything after It Was Written). With the release of Life Is Good, he’s hoping to head back to the former.

Life Is Good features old-school Nas in the very best wayit’s wall-to-wall dense storytelling, with gritty tales of drugs, gun violence, and police brutality. It’s a compliment to say if this album had come out in 1996, Nas would have easily been New York’s hip-hop savior. Life Is Good also has plenty of thoughtful reflection on the effects of gang violence (“Accident Murder”), fatherhood (“Daughters”), and growing up in the projects (“A Queens Story”). The production, helmed mostly by Salaam Remi and No I.D., tends to lean toward opulent and epicwhich turn out to be perfect backdrops for Nas’ still-killer flow. Despite a couple of missteps (particularly “Summer on Smash” and “You Wouldn’t Understand”), Life Is Good stands as Nas’ best album in years, and one of the best hip-hop releases of 2012. (

Author rating: 8/10

Rate this album
Average reader rating: 8/10


Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

There are no comments for this entry yet.