Nas - Kings Disease - Album Review.
Updated: Sep 11
After releasing his debut masterpiece LP - illmatic in 1994, Nasir Jones aka NAS had to wait almost three decades to win a Grammy, after 14 Grammy nominations throughout the decades, but he never won, his first Grammy nominations was in 1996 with the classic "If I Ruled The World" featuring Ms Lauryn Hill taken out of Nas' 1996 "It Was Written" LP.
I got a lot to write about Nas, I grew up listening to Nas' music alongside music from the likes of Jay Z, Biggie, 2pac, NWA, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Warren G and so on, if there is any word higher than "Legend" I would use that word to describe Nas, he's more than a veteran, more than a legend, he's been grinding for nearly four decades and still relevant, still bringing out fresh vibes, still winning the Grammy, still making moves, it's huge deal, NAS is the G.O.A.T.
"King's Disease 2" (14th Studio Album) is the sequel to Nas' Grammy winning album, "King's Disease" (13th Studio Album).
"King's Disease 2" unveiled on August 6, 2021 with features from Eminem, Ms Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Blsxt, EPMD, Hit-Boy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & YG, 15 weighty tracks, Nas delivered largely on this project, considering the fact that the "King's Disease" album only dropped just about a year ago, this is a major reaching for Nasir Jones, the album is tremendously crafted with super lit productions from the main producer on the project; Hit-Boy.
"Nobody" featuring Ms Lauryn Hill is a finest cut; takes me back to the 90s nostalgia mode but with a modern twist, this track is hip hop, the flow, the beat, the swag, this track is aesthetically terrific, one of those tunes that make you wanna feel lively, Ms Hill went so hard lyrically on this tune as well.
"EPMD 2" featuring Eminem & EPMD is an instant hip hop classic, the lyrical substance on this song from Em, EPMD and Nas is extraordinaire, even just having EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) and Eminem on this track is legendary in it's own merits, this tune will be greatly appreciated by hip hop / rap music fans.
"Deathrow East" on this one, Nas pays homage to the late Tupac Shakur, with really old school hip hop beats which sounds so fresh and so clean, still much more relevant to hip hop heads in today's world, definitely hits different to people like myself who grew up in 90s hip hop era, it does bring back good memories to me anyway, one of my favourite cuts on this LP.
"Brunch on Sundays" featuring Blxst is another one that sounds a bit different from the rest, hence still flows with other songs on the album, definitely a Sundays Anthem, a really laid back tune, tends to give the listeners a different meaning to Sundays as being a fun day to relax, chillax, BBQ, summer cookout and so on, just an happy tune really.
"No Phony Love" featuring Charlie Wilson, a bit of Funk & Soul groovy vibes infused with Hip Hop, a pure gem.
Overall, this is another classic LP from King Nas, definitely a Grammy material, masterpiece from start to finish, "King Disease 2" will easily fit into the category of the most acclaimed hip hop/rap albums of the year.
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