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  • Summary: Jay-Z's mortal enemy returns with his third (!) release of 2002, which includes collaborations with Alicia Keys and 2Pac (yes, that 2Pac, who, as you may recall, died several years ago).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Here, Nas is so fierce, so plainspoken, so lean with words, that he demolishes not just the oeuvre of our ruling rappers (yes, including Eminem's) and recalls the music's lyrical champs like Rakim, he even brings to mind hip-hop progenitors like Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle" era.
  2. Thought-provoking and masterful, God's Son finds Nas finally realizing his full potential as an MC.
  3. In many ways, God's Son is lyrically superior to Illmatic. Nas has created an album that is at once mournful and resilient, street-savvy and academic.
  4. Jigga may have the edge right now, but on this evidence Nas looks the better bet in the long run. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  5. As with all thug poetry, the ego and malice are blinding, but moments of self-deprecation and social responsibility out-flash the gun bursts.
  6. 70
    This is mostly a sombre affair. [Mar 2003, p.106]
  7. Aug 10, 2011
    50
    Nas doesn't ruin a decent beat, but rarely is he able to improve one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    And Nasty Nas strikes again with another platinum WORTHY album, which many artists never are WORTHY but go platinum anyway. Nas tells little ghetto children to follow their dreams, dedicated songs to his mother who recently died, and had a song with Pac. Pac who died six years before, beefed with Nas and Mobb Deep, and Nas forgives and forgets it all, to feature 2Pac & J. Phoenix in Thugz Mansion N.Y. And all of this in the midst of the Nas - Jigga feud that Nas won and Jigga the fake ass n**** had to hope for forgiveness for sucking ****. Nas followed Stillmatic with his 4th instant classic album that won the feud. At this point, Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones should be a household name everywhere. Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    By far my favorite album from Nas entire career at this point. Though production is not stellar, it certainly isn't lacking as compared to previous albums. Lyrically its by far one of the best in hip hop and Nas' career Expand
  3. May 8, 2011
    8
    this is what rapping is all about. nas pours out his heart in this record. great comeback album. the lyrics was superb. he had maybe a few bad songs other than that it was very decent. Expand
  4. Jun 24, 2014
    4
    God's Son feels like a collection of b-sides rather than a proper album. The beats are not consistent throughout the album and as a result it meanders all over the place. There are definitely some goods songs on God's Son but the filler kind of ruins the album as a whole. Nas even throws some of his discarded, "b-side" lyrics into "Book of Rhymes" and ruins what otherwise could have been a good song. Really Nas - you were so lazy that you couldn't write some new lyrics for this dope beat by Alchemist? Unfortunately, for me this album marked the beginning of the end for a great artist. Expand

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