I Am... [Explicit]
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I Am... [Explicit]

April 6, 1999

  Song Title Artist
Album Intro (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
N.Y. State of Mind Pt. ll (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Hate Me Now (feat.- Puff Daddy) (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas feat. Puff Daddy
Small World (Explicit Version) [Explicit] Nas
Favor For A Favor (featuring Scarface) (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas featuring Scarface
We Will Survive (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Ghetto Prisoners (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
You Won't See Me Tonight (featuring Aaliyah) (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas featuring Aaliyah
I Want To Talk To You (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Dr. Knockboot (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Life Is What You Make It (featuring DMX) (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas featuring DMX
Big Things (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Nas Is Like [Explicit] Nas
K-I-SS-I-N-G (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Money Is My Bitch (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas
Undying Love (Album Version) [Explicit] Nas

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 6, 1999
  • Release Date: March 5, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:04:47
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00138D1OA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,857 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic from Nas! March 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album was slept on by many heads even though it was one of the best (yeah I said it!) album os 1999! The fact is that this is one of Nas' poorer efforts and even still it is better than 99% of the trash that is coming out!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wrote a different review so Im hoping the other one wont be shown after this one since Ive changed my opinion about this CD...
Anyway, "I Am" is my favorite album. I wish this one and "It Was Written" would get more credit by Hip Hop fans who claim "Illmatic is the best". I don't see how. I have heard every Nas album and this one is by far.. the best. People just don't understand Escobar because he's more mature and more of a thinker.. unlike nasty. This album is certainly worth the money, so please listen yourself instead of copying people why say illmatic was a "classic" and everything else from Nas is trash.
"I Am" isnt perfection, but it's still ill, in my opinion. The Intro was tight, followed by at least 10 good songs after. "NY state of mind pt 2" which was a sequel to "NY state of mind" from illmatic, tells about life in New York, over a great piano beat. "Hate Me Now" was great.. Puffy or no Puffy. I wasnt concerned with the hook that much anyway, which is all Puffy did. "Small World" is my favorite song EVER, a deep story about two people named Carolyn and Snuk over an obvious non-looped piano beat. "Favor for a favor" had a nice beat, Scarface's lyrics could have been a little more intelligent like Nas' lyrics on the song though. It's gangster material. "We will survive" shows how Nas could have respect for people who didnt even respect him (like 2Pac) as he sent a message to Pac and Biggie Smalls. This song is a lot like Illmatic's "One Love".. anyway, "Ghetto prisoners" was very poetic, I wasnt feelin the beat all that much though. Lyrics were great!
"You Wont See Me Tonight" came after the first block of the album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic rap album! July 11, 2000
By J Black
Format:Audio CD
This album made me, a west coast cat cry. I love this album. It is down to earth, and represents the ghetto now a days. Any one, anyone who likes rap must have this album. This will always be one of the greatest albums. Nas's I am... is a very "straight from the ghetto" cd. He remembers Tupac and B.I.G. in We Will Survive. In the best song of the album, I Want To Talk To You, he writes about the ghetto life and how the goverment doesn't give about the ghetto. He ryhmes, "Mr. Mayor, imagine this was your backyard," "Mr. Governor, imagine it's your kids that starve." This album is real, straight lyrics. He raps about love, race and his religon. He really gives you a visual about the N.Y. ghetto. You would think that Dr. Dre got his song Forgot About D.R.E., from Nas's Big Things. This album is everything. There is no way you can hate Nas after you hear one of the songs on this album. If you love Nas or is just into ghetto rap, you can't go wrong with this album.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Nas April 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a fan of Nas, I picked up this album the week it came out. But surprisingly, I discovered that nobody else did. Maybe people lost respect for him after It Was Written? But this is a great album regardless.
All your favorite qualities you'd expect from Nas are on here, like a good storytelling ("Small World"), great lyrical metaphors ("Money Is My B" - I don't know why they even TRIED to play this on the radio), and simple yet dope lyrics ("Ghetto Prisoners", "Nas Is Like"). The obligatory DMX collaboration "Life Is What You Make It" is still great, although it can't compare to when Scarface shows up for "Favor For A Favor". And "Dr. Knockboot" is interesting and funny at the same time.
This is overall a great album, although I seriously could've done without "Undying Love" (well, the chorus, anyway). Also, "K-I-SS-I-N-G" and "You Won't See Me Tonight" with Aaliyah are obviously filler. (By the way, the latter was supposed to be the last single off this album, but instead of releasing it, Nas dished out Nastradamus. Hmmm.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good album February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Nas delivers again with "I Am", almost as hard as he does on his previous two albums. This album is powerful, and there is some filler, but for the most part, Nas just sticks with his incredible knowledge and lays it out for you. "New York State of Mind Pt. 2" was a brilliant start to the album in my opinion. "Hate Me Now" never did much for me, probably because I'm not a big Puffy fan. However, from there, most of the tracks are either real good or great, with some skippable ones in between. "Small World", "Favor for a Favor"(feat. Scarface), "We Will Survive", and "Ghetto Prisoners" are all brilliant tracks. The next major standout for me after that is "Life is What You Make It"(feat DMX). "Big Things" is average, but then comes one of the best tracks on the album, "Nas is Like". Backed by a beat from Premo, Nas is at his best on this track. The next track is ok, then comes "Money is My Bitch", which is good but not great. The finishing track, "Undying Love", is the one of the best storytelling tracks on the album, and a great one to end on. Overall, its a pretty solid album. If your a Nas fan, cop this. If your an avid hip hop listener, you might already have this, but if you don't, I'd recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The God...The God Nasir...The Queen...The Queen Aaliyah
Great album from Nas.N.Y. State Of Mind part 2 !!! is the best tracc on here,i enjoyed the whole album,To me it's better then Stillmatic{another good album}.
Published 10 days ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Groomsmen gift gone perfectly
This was a blast from the past that my groomsmen and I used to play back in the day and was a hit as a gift for my him. Thank You!
Published 9 months ago by jeremy roebuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
It was a good album i like it, next time i need a cover lol. Good conditions for product. 4/5
Published 14 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
everything came in . good . n . fast. :)... . . . . . . . . . .
Published 14 months ago by King Kong
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid.
A solid outing from Nas, this was his most 'pop' point in his career so I was a little 'Eh' about it. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by marriediimuzik
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, nothing special--especially for Nas
Let me preface this by saying I'm a huge Nas fan. He's my favorite rapper, and I love hip hop. However, I think this and Nastradamus were definitely his low point in his... Read more
Published on July 3, 2010 by Timmy Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I really don't do reviews because I feel no news is good news and if you say anything it should be in your disregard or your dissatisfaction of a certain thing. Read more
Published on December 2, 2008 by iPOD GOAT
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am..................Nas' Autobiography
I remember this album when I was in the 6th grade. I love this album so much. This album is another creative milestone in the history of hip-hop and the artist himself. Read more
Published on September 18, 2008 by D-Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dope ALBUM!
A Dope album by one of the dopest mc's in the rap game awesome lyrics and awesome flow
Published on June 1, 2008 by Bruno Caamano
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated...That's an Understatement
After Nas's Two Disc I Am... was leaked onto the internet people started disregarding all the material on the two releases. I Am is a lot better than Nastradamus. Read more
Published on October 2, 2007 by Ryan Rogers
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