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  • Summary: This compilation collects tracks recorded from 1998-2001 that, for various reasons (and not because they were of inferior quality), were not included on the rapper's albums released during that time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. His gritty, yet hopeful, reflections make Lost Tapes a real find.
  2. two about his parents are juicier than the mother love gushing from God's Son. The Afrocentric pep song is so much deeper than the mawkish, misinformed new "I Can" that you believe he might yet get politics.
  3. 80
    The closet thing to Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes hip-hop has ever produced: a collection of songs from, and largely about, the past that bode well for the future and sound damn good today. [Dec 2002, p.140]
  4. From start to finish, Nas sets aside the rhetorical frills, contrived interludes, and mediocre guest appearances that have plagued much of his work since the classic Illmatic and concentrates on delivering classic material.
  5. Separate, the songs all sound great, but together, they don’t make a real album.
  6. From a few listens, it's clear most of these weren't bumped because they were low-quality; "Doo Rags," "No Idea's Original," and "Black Zombie" stand up to anything Nas has recorded since the original Illmatic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. ScottP
    Nov 6, 2003
    10
    simply amazing. it all starts out wth what else but a poetic light nas hip hop like track of doo rags which made me know i was going to like simply amazing. it all starts out wth what else but a poetic light nas hip hop like track of doo rags which made me know i was going to like the cd the minute i put it in. two weak tracks follow with my way and u gotta love and the only reason i gave it a 9. nothing lasts forever, one of my personal all time favs starts the long finale of great tracks. from the crazy blaze a 50 to the great end of poppa was a playa the cd caps off as one of my favs. yes illmatic was great and personally i like stillmatic even better but lost tapes definetly is up there with those albums Expand
  2. TripC
    Oct 17, 2003
    10
    In essence a Hip Hop Classic
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    10
    Everything know, the best Nas album is Illmatic, but after Illmatic, The Lost Tapes is the best Nas album. After the wack, weak and leanEverything know, the best Nas album is Illmatic, but after Illmatic, The Lost Tapes is the best Nas album. After the wack, weak and lean Nastradamus. Stillmatic and The Lost Tapes is classic albums. Expand
  4. Biggestfan
    Nov 21, 2003
    10
    The guy is a genius, one of the best story tellers of all time. Definetly one of the best albums i ever listened to by Nas. Keep doing your The guy is a genius, one of the best story tellers of all time. Definetly one of the best albums i ever listened to by Nas. Keep doing your thing man, im counting on you, your the last one left Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    It could stand as an studio album all by itself. A great compilation that doesn't have the feel of your average compilation. Great lyricsIt could stand as an studio album all by itself. A great compilation that doesn't have the feel of your average compilation. Great lyrics over complementary production and guest free which allows Nas to showcase his best. Collapse
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    one of the greatest rap album by one of the greatest rapper what more can i say.
    ah yes this album is a compilation with unreleased songs of
    one of the greatest rap album by one of the greatest rapper what more can i say.
    ah yes this album is a compilation with unreleased songs of iam and nastradamus and it sounds together like perfection 10
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  7. DanyelleH
    Feb 4, 2005
    8
    This c-d is all dat i listen to it all the time. I know the words to all the songs. And Nas is like my idol. He's definately better than This c-d is all dat i listen to it all the time. I know the words to all the songs. And Nas is like my idol. He's definately better than Jay-Z i don't care what nobody say. I'm 13 years old and i wish i was him but i'm a girl i would live to meet him. That's my wish Expand

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