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Nas ~ I Am...

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On his third release, I Am, Nas bolsters his reputation as one of hip-hop's leading wordsmiths. His voice has grown so strong that none of the A-list guests (they include Puff Daddy, Aaliyah, Scarface, and DMX) can upstage the 25-year-old rapper. Nas has acted in a movie (Belly), but his real ambition is to write them; until that happens he'll be known for highly cinematic tales of the street. Nas is a lot like a prison-yard bard: he tells crime stories full of blood and guts, but he balances them with strong messages to stop the cycle of violence. His ghetto tales, such as "Small World" and "Favor for a Favor," stress desperation as the cause of crime rather than glorify the nihilistic criminality. Except for one track, "Dr. Knockboot," which casts him as a columnist to the hip-hop lovelorn and playa wannabes, Nas is unremittingly sober on I Am. His righteousness would seem nearly sanctimonious if not underpinned by superb production from the Trackmasters and DJ Premier. The production helps make this a consistent recording throughout, rather than a smattering of hits and misses. --Martin Johnson

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000ICNC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on 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 By A Customer on January 23, 2001
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 By J Black on July 11, 2000
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Done on September 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Nas (Nasir Jones) 3rd LP "I Am..." (1999) came out after a three year break by Nas following his first two albums, I was really happy when this came out as I had been waiting for a Nas album for a long time, and in 99 I had this album on regular rotation. Nas uses reliable production getting tracks from L.E.S., Trackmasters, Timbland and two tracks from DJ Premier- in my opinion the best producer out. Guest appearances from from DMX, Aaliyah, Puff Daddy and Scarface. DJ Premier produced "New York State of Mind, Pt. 2" starts the album strong, a great track like the original. The powerful "Hate Me Now" feat. Puff Daddy follows, the booming beat and Nas lyrics on this are excellent. Even Puffy the shiny suit man (I think of Diddy as more of a CEO then a rapper) provides a solid background chorus. Scarface drops in for the collabration track "Favor for a Favor", I like NY/Texas connection. Nas pays his respects to the late greats: 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. on "We Will Survive" and though he may not have had greatest relationship with them I think this is a genuine tribute. Nas talks about politics, religion, death, jail and poverty on "Ghetto Prisoners". "You Won't See Me Tonight" feat. Aalyiah (R.I.P.) is a good rap/r&b collab. Right around the time this album came out, the movie Belly which stars Nas and DMX came out so it makes sense that X drops in for "Life is what You Make It". "Nas Is Like" is another standout track, Premo provides a dope beat and Nas drops some memorable lines. Sad sounding R. Kelly background vocals are used on the decent laid back "K-I-S-S-I-N-G", where Nas talks to a special lady. Album finishes with "Undying Love" a narrative about finding out ones love is cheating, and the tragedy that follows. I enjoyed "I Am..." and recommend it as an album for the collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Nas's 3rd LP labeled "I Am..", is a heavy hitting one. If the album didn't falter just a bit towards the end, I would have loved to give it 5 stars. The album begins with the remix of NY State of Mind. I LOVED the first NY State of Mind from Illmatic, but, I didn't enjoy the second. It just didn't hit as hard. The album really kicks into high gear with "Hate Me Now" with Puffy, "Small World", "Favor for a Favor" and "We Will Survive". Nas pays respect to the late great Biggie and Tupac in "We Will Survive" letting them know that they'll always be the greatest, even in death. "Hate me Now" is obviously addressing all the "haters" that hate on Nas. He takes a political stand in "I want to talk to you" stating he wants to talk to the president and his entire administration. While I do not condone the position he has taken, (as it is difficult for the presidential administration to run an entire country) I do respect it. He asks the governor to imagine if it was his backyard (referring to the ghetto streets). The album stays strong throughout, especially with the arrival of "Nas is Like", an amazing banger. "KISSING" is the only downfall in my opinion along with NY State of Mind. The album closes out with a stellar track called "Undying Love" in which Nas tells a story about a love gone bad where he ends up killing her accidentally and eventually winds up killing himself (if i'm not mistaken). All in all, some amazing tracks make up this album and proves that Nas solidifies his position as a hip hop kingpin.
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