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Call it power in numbers for the one they call Nas in the year 2002. While enjoying success from the December release of Stillmatic in the previous year, Nas received more attention for an alleged fued with Jay Z alongside rumors of joining Irv Gotti's Murder Inc Records.

Somewhere in here Lost Tapes was released, increasing this newly rediscovered appreciation for the MC who once gave us It Was Written. That sophomore release from Nas gave the mainstream a look at this MC with "Street Dreams" and "If I Ruled the World," the latter featuring Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill. Nas keeps his success going on strong with the release of Godson.

"Last Real Nigga Alive" is another jab at fellow NYC MC Jay Z. Alicia Keys appears on "Warrior Song," a song dealing with the recent death of Nas's mother. "I Can" is by far the most MTV-friendly track and one of the best efforts found here. This track uses a well-recognized sample and a group of children to convey the message to succeed for the kids. Eminem produces "The Cross," which uses a beat from one of his songs to produce the better track here. "Revolutionary Warfare" is a silky smooth track using an old school beat straight from the eighties. R&B crooners Kelis and Claudette Ortiz from City High appear on "Hey Nas," a much better version of the sex-me-up rhymes popularized by the likes of Ja and LL. The simple acoustic hook on "Thugz Mansion" brings 2Pac to life better than other attempts seen this year (see Ja Rule's "The Pledge" remix). "Mastermind" is a seemingly Irv Gotti-produced (it closely resembles Ashanti's "Baby").

Near the end we reach "Heaven," which does an amazing job at bringing the beat somewhere close to perfection in this rhyme about life's little struggles. Nas is very good at being a successful MC who knows how to put out great albums. Nas is one of the best MCs around right now. Godson takes a closer look at a very private man, who always has an amazing story to tell.
Crystal at 11/16/2004 11:03:00 AM

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