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  • Summary: After many delays and controversy over the title, Nas' latest album is finally released with no title.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 100
    Brilliantly sequenced, the album reaches a euphoric climax with the "Yes, we can change the world" hook of 'Black President,' a close cousin of Lupe Fiasco's 'Superstar.'
  2. Even if the music isn't extraordinary, Nas himself is legendary on "Untitled" - and as long as racism is relevant, so is this album.
  3. A couple tracks might sonically resemble inferior versions of years-old tracks that helped make Nas a hip-hop deity and, nearly ten years after Nas was first accused of selling out, he might still sound a little awkward over radio-friendly productions. But the MC has never made an album as engrossing or as necessary as this one.
  4. The lyrics are all terrific; the beats, not so much.
  5. Taking a tip from William Cooper’s conspiracy theory tracts, Nas deftly delivers attention-grabbing rhymes with a sickly slick flow yet offers little backup for his inflammatory insinuations in the way of persuasive substance.
  6. Unfortunately, no amount of slick beats and swagger can camouflage Untitled’s defects.
  7. Ultimately, Nas’ decision to sacrifice lyrical and aesthetic sensibility for controversy, hype, and pop-appeal exposes the commodification and hollowness of his artistic voice and vision.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. SeanL
    Sep 4, 2008
    10
    This is the album nas was meant to make but no one expected. at a time when mcs have given into the pressure to be unpolitical and passive to the liars in power, nas takes a bold move in addressing issues and topics untouched by most mcs. Nas is on point lyrically and instead of trying to create another illmatic as many pressured him to, he created a classic on his own terms that will take many listeners years to fully appreciate. Tracks like Sly Fox and Black President show his best rhymes and most thought provoking lyrics to date. Nas gives the hip hop nation what they need most and shows what non-hip hop fans (Pitchfork,LA Times,etc.) what real hip hop was meant to be. Listen to the best lyricist at his best on this modern day classic. Fox News and the non-hip hop fans are scared of how powerful his voice is and this album proves why rappers can still speak for a nation of millions Expand
  2. EduardoG.
    Jul 17, 2008
    10
    Album of the Year AMAZINGLY low scores from "music" magazines and newspapers. Production and lyrics equally outstanding.
  3. ScottG.
    Jul 14, 2008
    10
    Most relevant hip hop album of our time. Period. Please listen to it and explore the ideas/concepts he is bringing to the table. This album can spark the mind of an intelligent person to create change for the better. I know It's just a record, but we need more ones like this. It's grammy worthy material. Expand
  4. tl
    Aug 14, 2008
    10
    What the definition of classic is?timeless so age dont count in the booth when ur flow stays submerged in the fountain of youth!!!!!!
  5. FrankD.
    Jul 17, 2008
    9
    Pitchfork is way off on their review. do they want nas to make another illmatic - he doesn't live in the projects anymore so its not going to happen. he is also now a millionaire. although nas can still get away with rhyming about the streets, how many times can he. so instead he chooses to rhyme about other topics - society, racism, America, injustice, the n-word. sure he contradicts himself and yes he has some commercial songs here - both very good songs by the way (hero and make the world go round) - but yet he ventures where most rappers would never even think about going with the exception of tupac (deceased) and dead prez (no exposure). so go out and cope the album. support an artist doing something different from the norm. by the way, the lyrics are a 10 and the production is about an 8. therefore, the album is a 9. Expand
  6. JoelO.
    Aug 1, 2008
    9
    Not one to write reviews, so I'll keep this as short as possible. This is a GREAT album. I'm still on the fence about it being a classic or not, but it is one of the best albums I've heard in a while. Unique concepts, vivid wordplay cloaked in fantastic lyrics. The only downfall I can think of is also what makes it unique, and thats the beats. The beats are not for everyone I'm afraid. But they seem "talor made" for Nas, as hard as I try, its very difficult to picture anyone else rhyming over these "unique" beats. Like they were custom made to fit Nas' voice and flow. Nas has a nack for making mediocre beats sound like something from DJ Preimer with just his rhymes and flow alone. That said, this is a damn fine accomplishment for Mr. Jones, and should not be missed by anyone seeking a new sound. Expand
  7. KennyM.
    Jul 18, 2008
    0
    pure shit. a group of songs riddled with cheesy hooks, cheap metaphors, and gaudy production. not to mention the excruciating repetition of racism, racism, racism, racism on every single track. with the exception of the first song on the album, i could not even find a song i would want to hear ever again. nas has officially lost touch with reality, and more importantly, has made it absolutely clear once and for all that jay-z is the clear king of new york rap. Expand

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