Just as hip-hop began to shift into the land of “Everybody sounds the same,” with the rebirth of supergroups, tales of bad bitches, partying at LIV on Sundays and name dropping luxury cars most can’t pronounce, Nas returns with Life Is Good.
Before we breakdown the latest gem in the crown of arguably hip-hop’s greatest lyricist, let’s not kid ourselves — Life Is Good has its share of the larger-than-life bravado on which the genre is built, but its author is clever enough to opt for subtlety, rather than beat us over the head with line after line about a life most will never attain.
On the eve of the release of his tenth album Life Is Good, Nas hit the stage on Late Night with David Letterman to perform “Daughters.” The Illmatic rapper looked dapper in a collared shirt and white pants as he spit the lyrics to the third single from his new album, which hit stores today.
Nas makes a statement on the cover of his new album, Life Is Good. The hip-hop vet sits with his ex-wife Kelis’ green wedding dress on his lap on the jaw-dropping cover. Kelis left behind the custom-made Matthew Williamson gown following their divorce is 2010.
Life Is Good is Nas’ 10th studio album, his first since 2008’s controversial Untitled, originally titled N*gger. The new set, arriving July 17, features the singles “The Don” and “Daughters,” with production from Salaam Remi, Hit-Boy, Swizz Beatz, Da Internz, and more.
Watch the music video for “Daughters” below.
Nas is back! The Queen rapper goes back to his hometown for the video for “The Don,” a track from his upcoming tenth album Life is Good, due July 17. Riding through the city in a Rolls Royce, the Illmatic MC toasts his legendary status in the Aristotle-directed clip.
In addition to the video premiere, Nas released a new single, “Daughters,” yesterday. Produced by No I.D., the track is an ode to “ni**as with daughters,” as Nas reflects on his relationship with his own daughter Destiny.
“They grow fast, one day she’s your little princess/ Next day, she’s talking boy business, what is this/ They say the coolest players and foulest heartbreakers in the world/ God gets us back, he makes us have precious little girls.”
Watch the video for “The Don” and listen to “Daughters” below.
Born to a jazz musician and a postal worker, Nas shares his journey from the streets of Queensbridge to the top of Billboard’s charts on the latest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. Along with those who know him best, the Illmatic rapper recalls the events that shaped him, including his parents’ separation, his days of dealing drugs, the death of a close friend, and his marriage to Kelis. Watch the ten-minute preview of the episode, which airs on Wednesday, below.
Rapper, actor, and now author.
Nas will release his first memoir, “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” in fall of 2012. The Queens-bred MC will cover his rise through “Illmatic,” his beef with Jay-Z, his past relationships, and everything in between.
In addition to penning his memoir, Nas is working on his tenth studio album, Life Is Good, set for release sometime in 2012. The first single, “Nasty,” is available on iTunes now.