- Summary: The second collection of unreleased tracks from the rapper's last four albums features guest appearances from Keyon Harrold, Al Jarreau, J. Myers, David Ranier, RaVaughn and Swizz Beatz.
- Record Label: Def Jam
- Genre(s): Rap
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Jul 23, 2019The Lost Tapes II, is a grab bag of loose tracks from this era, four very different album sessions, and naturally it’s a messy display of the many sides of Nas – storyteller, street life narrator, conscious MC, rap showboat, true-school historian, emo diarist – at both his most essential and least essential.
Jul 23, 2019For the most part, this album, with its Avatar references (‘Lost Freestyle’) and hilariously bad Kim Jong Un punchlines (from ‘Tanasia’: “Chillin, we’re starting to think about children / And bringing them in the world with Kim Jong Illin'”), just sounds dated and like something Nas didn’t need to release.
Jul 21, 2019Lost Tapes II is a surprisingly cohesive compilation for music that spans more than a decade across several iterations of Nas’ work. The toneLost Tapes II is a surprisingly cohesive compilation for music that spans more than a decade across several iterations of Nas’ work. The tone is quickly set by “No Bad Energy” The Swizz Beatz and Arrab Music assisted intro that fits nicely into Nas’ legendary streak of classic album openers. “Vernon Family” quickens the pace on a Pharrell Williams produced track that finds Nas repping his beloved Queensbridge neighborhood. “Jarreau of Rap” is reminiscent of “Jungle” and other jazzy collaborations Nas has done with his father Olu Dara over the years. Although this one is more experimental with Nas displaying a masterful flow over an Al Jarreau sample. “Lost Freestyle” lives up to its name with Nas freestyling off the top of the dome over the second half of this inspired Static Selektah beat. “Tanasia” is a RZA produced masterpiece that is already in heavy rotation among New York City drivers with booming stereo systems. It features sharp Nas lyrics inspired by a girl Nas knew in Queensbridge back in the day. It’s enough to make you salivate about the prospect of God knows how many other tracks that might exist from the RZA produced album Nas has been inexplicably sitting on. “Royalty” features Nas in gem dropping mode imparting wisdom over a Hit-Boy produced track with a hook that takes some getting used to. “Who Are You” is a smooth Eric Hudson track with a savage takedown of Black Civil Rights leaders who criticized Nas for his Untitled album. It begs the question why it wasn’t included on that masterwork. “Adult Film” features Nas in relationship mode addressing complex issues as only he can over another nifty Swizz Beatz produced track. “War Against Love” is one of the album’s standouts produced by DJ Kalil and DJ Dahi providing smooth beat Nas expertly deconstructs to espouse the virtues of empowerment in the Black community. “The Art Of It” is Nas at his best, decimating a Pete Rock track with blinding lyrical precision. “Highly Favored” is another overwhelming sonic wonder produced by RZA complimented perfectly by Nas’ cadence. “Queens Wolf” is a lustrous DJ Toomp beat that features Nas in concept mode while displaying his considerable storytelling acumen. Alchemist, one of Nas’ most effective collaborators, assists on “It Never Ends” which finds him using classic Biggie lyrics to frame his braggadocio flow. “You Mean The World To Me” is a melancholic soul sample featuring Nas telling a heartfelt story about a lost love. Pete Rock brings more heat on “Queensbridge Politics” which Nas uses to pay homage to Prodigy and the history of his legendary neighborhood. No ID produced the standout “Beautiful Life” the album’s defining track in which Nas goes in depth about his personal struggles with life, love, and family. Overall, Lost Tapes II is simply an amazing effort that must be placed alongside Nas’ other seminal works.… Expand
Jul 20, 2019Truly a return to glory. After the underwhelming album Nasir, Nas delivered a body of work that will make true fans of hip hop ecstatic. FromTruly a return to glory. After the underwhelming album Nasir, Nas delivered a body of work that will make true fans of hip hop ecstatic. From War Against Love to Lost Freestyle, impeccable flow combined with worthy productions makes for a sure fire and sonically pleasing album. Not a classic, but definitely 4-4.5. mics worthy.… Expand
Jul 22, 2019Listen to this album with the proper context. This album is universally rated against its predecessor, the original Lost Tapes, although theyListen to this album with the proper context. This album is universally rated against its predecessor, the original Lost Tapes, although they process of creation was fundamentally different. The original Lost Tapes weren't "lost" at all. They were not songs that were cut from an album, in fact, just the opposite, they were album cuts intended for the original version of I AM. Due to those songs being bootlegged, Nas was forced change I AM from a double disc to a single disc and record a few new songs. Three years later Nas released those songs on the Lost Tapes. It is the reason the original Lost Tapes was such a well produced and cohesive piece of work.
The Lost Tapes 2 is very different. It is actually made of songs that were cut from previous albums such as Hip Hop is Dead, Untitled, Life Is Good and from about a year and a half ago. LT 2 is in essence a true version of the concept of Lost Tapes. You can hear songs with concepts that may not have come to fruition but came to fruition on the song that did make the album.
Some songs may not sound fully mixed. One song to another may sound sonically different because they were recorded for different albums and at different points in Nas' career. This is point of the album. There are a songs such as Royalty where you can see why it was left off an album. Others such as Tanasia, War Against Love, Highly Favored and Queens Wolf you wonder why they never made an album. Some such as Vernon Family, Who Are You, and Beautiful Life you can here concepts that may have been better delivered on album cuts. Songs like No Bad Energy, Adult Film, QueensBridge Politics seem like songs recorded for a new album that did not come together. Basically, Nas' cutting room floor songs can make an album better than most MC's can make a regular album. It's both intriguing and fun to listen to and discuss the anatomy of certain songs. Why they missed the cut, the era, etc. Nas brings it lyrically, storytelling and over mostly dope beats with a few duds.
I rank the album 8 out of 10… Expand
Jul 25, 2019Most of the critic review i have seen is just pathetic. I don't know whether to call it lazy reporting or bandwagon reporting. This album isMost of the critic review i have seen is just pathetic. I don't know whether to call it lazy reporting or bandwagon reporting. This album is fire from beats to flow everything is top notch. Best Nas album in a while.… Expand
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