|Nas - God's Son|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jessica Amen|
|Friday, 13 December 2002|
Columbia Records, 2002
| Performance 8 | Sound 8 |
Though it has always been apparent through his music that Nasir Jones is a religious individual, it is most evident with God’s Son. This could stem from the recent passing of Nas’ mother, Ann Jones, to whom the album is dedicated, but either way, it’s a positive twist to his already politically and morally infused songs.
I find that most Nas albums include about three to four really catchy rhymes. While the rest of the tracks are not single-worthy, they are still packed full of substance, which is more than I can say for many famous rappers on the Top Ten charts. The first track, “Get Down,” is especially rich, with a full bass and a mind-catching guitar riff. Nas always seems to use unconventional instruments, unlike most traditional rap songs, as in the song “Affirmative Action” featuring Foxy Brown, where he uses a sample of a harpsichord.
Even though Nas has been around long enough to put out nine albums, he has only recently gained major popularity, especially on the West Coast. His nomination for Best Short Form Music Video in the 45th Annual Grammy awards for “One Mic” brought him to the limelight. He has since worked with many high-profile artists, including Jennifer Lopez, DMX, P. Diddy and Missy Elliot, to name a few. On this album, however, he brings rap phenomenon Eminem to the project to help write and produce Track 2, “The Cross.” Later in Track 11, “Warrior Song,” he gets a little writing and performing input from America’s new favorite self-made, piano playing pop star, Alicia Keys.
Included in the CD is a second disc with three bonus tracks on it. I was especially excited to find this until I put the second disc on and was not impressed. The second song, “Pussy Killz,” was bit over the edge for my taste. It’s lyrically a little too graphic, making reference to women with STDs. One interesting feature is that you can put the second disc into your computer and watch a slide show of various pictures of Nas posing. It’s kinda cheesy, but does add a little extra value for big-time Nas fans.
Overall, every Nas album is worth buying, especially since his style and creative material improves and becomes more defined with each album. However, you can expect to get a few run-of-the-mill, nothing-special tracks. But how many albums out there are entirely good anyway?