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  • Summary: The seven-track release for the New York rap artist was produced by Kanye West.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    The two music minds came up with a project that wavers between brilliant synergy and occasionally uninspired filler.
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    There are some slight missteps, like West’s tedious hook on Everything, but Nasir proves Nas’ ongoing relevance as one of New York’s biggest living rappers, with the best overall production and best quality control since Illmatic: the curse may finally be lifting.
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    76
    When you factor in all its dexterity, randomness and overall generality, it’s hard to truly believe NASIR was the album he had been cerebrally building these past six years. No, this isn’t “grown man Hip Hop” to bring balance back to whatever the younger generation of mainstream rappers are doing at the moment; nor will it ever reside in the upper echelon of the living legend’s catalog. It is, however, imperfect fine art.
  4. 58
    Songs like this [“Adam and Eve”]--and “Stay” from Life is Good--suggest that Nas might’ve done better had he picked slower, more melancholic beats and rapped like the elder statesman he is, rather than whatever we actually got on the record.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    50
    The musical performances by West and his collaborators alone are able to save Nasir from total disaster and do warrant a listen. But as for Nas, he's left completely overshadowed.
  6. Jun 21, 2018
    50
    Although its brighter moments ("Adam and Eve," "Cops Shot the Kid") save it from being a complete fall from grace, overall Nasir is disappointingly heedless. Hopefully his next effort is more honest.
  7. Jun 19, 2018
    40
    It all rings hollow due to how thinly sketched out the writing and production is. Much of it is awkward, directionless, and, at times, just confusing--showing an artist grasping at a million ideas and hoping to grab one, with none of it being done in any interesting or shrewd way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    'Fear will make you reveal who you really are
    Feel me God? Be solid, your foes hold you in ill regard'
    'Want me to sound like every song
    'Fear will make you reveal who you really are
    Feel me God? Be solid, your foes hold you in ill regard'

    'Want me to sound like every song on the Top 40
    I'm not for you, you not for me, you bore me'

    'See 'cause you've never been the same as anyone else
    Don't think the same as everyone else'

    'She's waitin' for the right cue
    I'm waitin' for the right clue
    She be leavin', still I smell her eau de parfum
    She can't run 'cause I got Cinderella's right shoe'

    This is a career highlight album for Nas. Every song is strong. Great production and beats on every track. None of these tracks are skippable. I have so little to say on it because I have no criticisms. The more I listen to it the more I love it.

    Each of the seven songs are worth listening to. This is a great album.
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  2. Jun 17, 2018
    10
    Great album. Although it obviously wasn't Nas' best performance lyrically the production more than makes up for it. Really happy with this record.
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    WTH. It amazing. good sh!t I liked everything. Kanye make beat good he make lot of this nas album beats. Nas is good rapman. he make goodWTH. It amazing. good sh!t I liked everything. Kanye make beat good he make lot of this nas album beats. Nas is good rapman. he make good raps. Good sh!t. F#cking Amazing

    Best Album of the Year
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  4. Jun 18, 2018
    9
    Amazing work. World class level production on every song. Nas is one of the greatest rappers and a legend in the game. He's definitely not inAmazing work. World class level production on every song. Nas is one of the greatest rappers and a legend in the game. He's definitely not in top form but songs like Simple Things and Adam and Eye are undeniable. "Everything" is a contender for song of the year. My only complaints are the Diddy vocals on Not For Radio, which is the weakest track to me, sounded kinda goofy and outta place. Also a few more songs would've been nice. Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2018
    8
    Great album. The production is incredible and meshes well with Nas' rapping. This is already one of the better albums of the year and IGreat album. The production is incredible and meshes well with Nas' rapping. This is already one of the better albums of the year and I honestly didn't expect less from the legendary Nas. It's obvious they worked hard on making sure that every single second counted. Tony Williams' feature was perfect on Bonjour. The other features were great but Tony Williams is probably one of the best if not the best feature on the album which was unexpected. The thing about this album is that the bars REALLY stand out especially with the samples Kanye picked. On Daytona, Kanye's role was bigger i making minimalistic hard hitting beats because while Pusha T is a great rapper and his lyrics are creative, his subject matter is more restricted. Nas gives Kanye the freedom to really work and add a speacial touch (the features and spectrum of production choices). Well done to both of them because they brought the best out of each other on many moments here.

    P.S. To all the idiots talking about Kanye is "cancelled", grow up and appreciate this art because: 1.) Kanye always has good intentions thoughhis messaging outside of music is flawed. 2.) This is a legendary moment and these albums are great. 3.) His albums are topping charts and he's still selling insane amounts of merchandise without you clowns.
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  6. Jun 18, 2018
    8
    Nas used the seven tracks well by correlating every track to one of the seven deadly sins. There is no particularly weak moment and the topicsNas used the seven tracks well by correlating every track to one of the seven deadly sins. There is no particularly weak moment and the topics in every track are executed very well. Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    0
    Complete garbage album. The production sounded rushed, unfinished and the beats were just overall horrible.

    Nas' performance wasn't great
    Complete garbage album. The production sounded rushed, unfinished and the beats were just overall horrible.

    Nas' performance wasn't great either. He sound so bored on this album, nothing he says holds any value because he can barely get the words out his own mouth. He is rapping so slow on every track and slow flow Nas has never been great.

    It sounds like Nas laid the verses to completely different beats and Kanye spend a week or two producing the album without Nas being involved.
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