-- On the cover of his 10th album, "Life Is Good," the urban troubadour known as Nas is dressed in a white suit, glumly holding his ex-wife Kelis' green wedding dress – the only thing left behind after the couple's publicly acrimonious divorce. By way of his art, Nas both washes his laundry in public and shows he has moved on.

Producers No I.D. and Salaam Remi give this very personal record an aura of nostalgia, a throwback to the golden age of hip-hop, by using classic beats. Collaborations with artist like Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz and Nas' solos arrange themselves into a coherent necklace made of discreet gems. Old mixes with new, noir enters the flow and the lyrics are tinged with both vulnerability and brutality.

Nas is the same master wordsmith as he was when he first bowled over critics with his 1994 debut "Illmatic." He tackles thug life, chrematistics and the pursuit of status, yet shows signs of growth by considering more personal topics like parenthood, love and his relationship with his celebrity.

Songs like "Daughters," where he raps about his own real-life parenting struggles with his teenage daughter or "Bye Baby," where he addresses the breakdown of his marriage and his subsequent bleeding heart, show a touching self-awareness. "Cherry Wine" featuring the late Amy Winehouse paints him in a surprising light where he is unshackled by the stereotypical rap views of women. Nas manages to make a clean break with the past by submersing himself and us in it.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: "You Wouldn't Understand," with its fast beat enhanced by Victoria Monet's crystalline voice.

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  • Nas - Daughters

    Buy Now! iTunes: smarturl.it Amazon: smarturl.it Music video by Nas performing Daughters. 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

  • Nas - The Don (Explicit)

    Music video by Nas performing The Don (Explicit). 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

  • Nas Brings Out Lauryn Hill At Summer Jam 2012

    Get the hottest beats and soundkits online only at www.heatkings.net !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY KILLED IT!!!!!!!!! I DO NOT OWN AND AM NOT INVOLVED IN THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WHATSOEVER. MY POSTING IS SOLELY FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES

  • Nas - Made You Look

    The Video to Nas' Made You Look... first single off that God's Son album... produced by Salaam Remi

  • Nas - One Mic

    Music video by Nas performing One Mic. (C) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Nas - I Can

    Nas - I Can - "Read more, learn more, change the globe". Beat from 0:01-0:10 - is from James Browns "The Boss" and also used by Nas in "Get Down". Piano song: Fr Elise by Beethoven. Main beat from The Honeydrippers" Impeach the President". With Subs. Thanks for all the comments. Background piano in the beginning: Fr Elise by Beethoven, played by Nas' own daughter (or so I've been told). Don't make Nas your teacher in history - still; the song has a strong purpose and message and is a great song; enjoy! Lyrics: [Kids] I know I can (I know I can) Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be) If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it) I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be) [Nas] Be, B-Boys and girls, listen up You can be anything in the world, in God we trust An architect, doctor, maybe an actress But nothing comes easy it takes much practice Like, I met a woman who's becoming a star She was very beautiful, leaving people in awe Singing songs, Lina Horn, but the younger version Hung with the wrong person Got her strung on that Heroin, cocaine, sniffin up drugs all in her nose... Coulda died, so young, now looks ugly and old No fun cause now when she reaches for hugs people hold they breath Cause she smells of corrosion and death Watch the company you keep and the crowd you bring Cause they came to do drugs and you came to sing So if you gonna be the best, I'ma tell you how, Put your hands in the air, and take a vow [Chorus - 2x (Nas and Kids)] I know I can (I know <b>...</b>

  • Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Patience

    Music video by Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley performing Patience. (C) 2010 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • Nas-Ether

    Jay-z gets killed in this song

  • Nas;Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now ft. Puff Daddy

    Music video by Nas;Puff Daddy performing Hate Me Now (featuring Puff Daddy). (C) 1999 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Nas - NY State of Mind (Live at #VEVOSXSW 2012)

    Music video by Nas performing NY State of Mind (Live at #VEVOSXSW 2012).

  • Nas - Nas Is Like

    Music video by Nas performing Nas Is Like. (C) 1999 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Nas illmatic-memory lane

    track number 6 of illmatic

  • Nas - Get Down

    God's Son. Sony Music. 2002.

  • NAS - It Aint Hard To Tell

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  • Nas - "Be AN****r Too"

    Nas "Be AN****r Too"