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11-05-2008, 03:38 AM
I saw a performance in Copenhagen where Nas played a great set with all the classics this Sunday and after that i've been breaking down all his albums. just check "Stillmatic", it should have been 10 tracks just like the original "Illmatic" and it would be a fucking incredible album that way.

01. Stillmatic Intro
02. Ether
03. Got Yourself A Gun
04. You're Da Man
05. Rewind
06. One Mic
07. 2nd Childhood
08. Destrroy & Rebuild
09. The Flyest (ft. AZ)
10. What Goes Around

if the album was presented this way I could understand the 5 mic rating it got from the source. all tracks there are 10/10 or 9/10

The Hound
11-05-2008, 04:37 AM
same can be said about SD and god's son ... nas' problem has been too much wack filler ...

quality not quantity, ya big dummy

11-05-2008, 05:13 AM
^^ yes exactly, i was wasted as fuck yesterday and me and a friend sat at my place going through the nas albums and came up with some lists for quality Nas albums.

NaS – Illmatic (1994)
01.The Genesis
02.New York State of Mind
03.Life’s A Bitch
04.The World is Yours
06.Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
07.One Love
08.One Time 4 Your Mind
10.It Ain’t Hard to Tell

Score: 5/5

Nas – It Was Written (1996)
01. Album Intro
02. The Message
03. Street Dreams
04. I Gave You Power
05. Watch Dem Niggas
06. Take it in Blood
07. Nas is Coming
08. Affirmative Action
09. The Set Up
10. Suspect
11. Shootouts
12. Live Nigga Rao
13. If I Ruled The World

Score: 5/5

Nas – I Am/Nastradamus
01.Album Intro
02.New York State of Mind pt.II
03.Hate Me Now
04.Small World
05.Favor For Favor (ft. Scarface)
06.Life is What You Make It (ft. DMX)
07.Nas is Like
08.Life We Chose
09.Project Windows
10.Come Get Me
11.Family (ft. Mobb Deep)
12.Last Words
13.Undying Love

Score: 3.5/5

Nas – Stillmatic
01.Stillmatic (Intro) (5/5)
02.Ether (4.5/5)
03.Got Ur Self A… (5/5)
04.You’re Da Man (5/5)
05.Rewind (5/5)
06.One Mic (5/5)
07.2nd Childhood (5/5)
08.Destroy & Rebuild (4/5)
09.The Flyest (4.5/5)
10.What Goes Aroud (5/5)

Score: 4.75/5

Nas – God’s Son
01.Get Down
02.The Cross
03.Made You Look
04.Last Real Nigga Live
05.Book of Rhymes
07.Warrior Song
08.Revolutionary Warfare

Score: 4/5

Nas – Street’s Disciple
01.Album Intro
02.A Message to the Feds (5/5)
03.Nazareth Savage (4/5)
04.Disciple (Original Version) (4/5)
05.Sekou Story (5/5)
06.Live Now (4/5)
07.Just a Moment (4/5)
08.You Know My Style (4/5)
09.Suicide Bounce (4/5)
10.Streets Disciple (5/5)
11.Remember The Times (3.5/10)
12.Bridging the Gap (3.5/10)
13.Thief’s Theme (5/5)

Score: 4/5

Nas – Hip-Hop is Dead
01.Money Over Bullshit (4/5)
02.Carry on Tradition (4/5)
03.Where Are They Now (4/5)
04.Hip-Hop is Dead (5/5)
05.Black Republicans (5/5)
06.Still Dreaming (4/5)
07.Blunt Ashes (5/5)
08.Hold Down The Block (3/5)
09.Let There Be Light (3/5)
10.Can’t Forget About You (4/5)
11.Hustlers (4/5)
12.Hope (Original Version) (4/5)

Score: 4/5

Nas – Untitled
01.Queens Get The Money (5/5)
02.You Can’t Stop Us Now (4/5)
03.Breathe (3.5/5)
04.Hero (4/5)
05.Sly Fox (5/5)
06.Testify (5/5)
07.N.I.G.G.E.R. (5/5)
08.Untitled (4.5/5)
09.Fried Chicken (5/5)
10.Project Roach (4/5)
11.Black President (3.5/5)
12.What it Is (Bonus) (4.5/5)

Score: 4.5/5

The Hound
11-05-2008, 05:31 AM
^^ good observations ... if only he did it like that!

when you look at the great records of our time from say led zeppelin, marvin gaye, bob dylan, black sabbath, pink floyd, ray charles ... all those bands/artists they weren't releasing records 16,17,18,23 songs deep ... their stuff is flawless because it's 5,6,7 absolute great tracks

hip hops problem has always been too much filler

the majority of the true classic records are short ... but that's why i hail OB4CL as the best because it was longer

it's not always the case but for the most part more songs drags records down

11-05-2008, 05:45 AM
^^ yes that is true, i've been thinking alot about that too... exactly the same actually, with Cuban Linx also being 18 perfect joints deep, "Ready to Die" is 16 songs but it ain't flawless though.....

but where do one draw the line between album and EP, how many songs should it be to be an album or is it more about how much time it is... like the Show & AG:s "Live Hard" they released now (which is a 5/5 for me - i think you gonna love it if you haven't heard it, the first album I gave 5/5 since Cannibal Ox in 2002). it's only 7 tracks long on about 25 minutes plus they have 5 instrumentals so it's 12 tracks with the instrumentals of the first 5 songs... would you call that an album or an Ep?

The Hound
11-05-2008, 06:17 AM
an LP usually is 30-35 minutes or more isn't it? ... or does it go by how many tracks are on it? i think an LP has to have 6 or 7 tracks on it totalling atleast 30 minutes but most hip hop cd's are atleast an hour and usually upwards of 80 minutes which is around 17-20 songs depending on length ... but yeah i get your point ...

artists should try sticking to the 8-12 mark because you really want to release the best songs ... alot of good albums could easily have been classic because of length

all eyez on me is a PERFECT example ... scrap the second disc, replace the california love remix with the original and swap watz ya fone # for picture me rollin' and it's classic ... but it had a 2nd disc full of filler

11-05-2008, 06:31 AM
all eyez on me is a PERFECT example ... scrap the second disc, replace the california love remix with the original and swap watz ya fone # for picture me rollin' and it's classic ... but it had a 2nd disc full of filler

Co-sign, that second disk is fuckin terrible. Personally id include "Shorty Wanna Be a Thug", always liked that song, but id scrap the rest.

Nice thread, and there all valid points. "Gods Son" to me has the best 4 opening tracks of any nas album, along with "Illmatic". When i sat down and played that album and heard those first 4 songs, i was literally amazed, i though this was going to be a classic. But of course, it SERIOUSLY dropped in quality after that.

I think though, the tracks that would be termed as 'filler' on "It Was Written" and "Stillmatic" are still pretty decent tracks, so i still think with those tracks included, those albums are bangers. Although, to save "I Am/Nastradamous" "Streets Desciple" and "Hip-Hop Is Dead" you'd need to take away a lot of tracks.

I HATED "Streets Desciple", did other people ig it?

11-05-2008, 06:45 AM
^^ yes "I Am/Nastradamus" as one album still wouldn't be worth that much but if he would have released the original album with the 15 tracks or so thats still unreleased it would have been a great album (i put together the 2xCD the same way i put together the original "Bulletproof Wallets").

i actually liked the tracks I listed from "Street's Disciple" and "Hip-Hop is Dead" was a banger IMO - it actually got great reviews from almost all magazines and sites - i don't know why so many people hated on it. rapreviews.com gave it 10/10, i would give it a 8/10.

11-05-2008, 02:45 PM
Got Yourself A Gun ain't that great of a song IMO :/

Good thread tho. Continue.

drippie k
11-06-2008, 02:47 AM
Street's Disciple was kinda bleh...i was feelin the first half of the first disc but after that it got kinda dull with the exception of a few tracks

that song with Ludacris is my SHIT tho