Life Is Good (Explicit Version)
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Life Is Good (Explicit Version)

July 17, 2012

Song Title
No Introduction (Album Version (Explicit))
Loco-Motive (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. The Large Professor]
A Queens Story (Album Version (Explicit))
Accident Murderers (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Rick Ross]
Daughters (Album Version (Explicit))
Reach Out (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Mary J. Blige]
World's An Addiction (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Anthony Hamilton]
Summer On Smash (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Miguel, Swizz Beatz]
You Wouldn't Understand (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Victoria Monet]
Back When (Album Version (Explicit))
The Don (Album Version (Explicit))
Stay (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. The Large Professor]
Cherry Wine (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Amy Winehouse]
Bye Baby (Album Version (Explicit))

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Label: Def Jam Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 58:11
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B008KKVLB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Hot Summer. July 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Gather Round Kid's. ..that's it, ..ok sit down. Let me tell you the story of master story teller Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, and the tale he cooked up and released in Summer 2012. The Summer had wreaked blazing temperatures, all points in the united states saw record numbers recorded on the thermometers. People were going through all sorts of personal crisis, still reeling from the 2008 financial meltdown, and so on. Nas himself having been through a divorce and demanded to cut half his earnings to his former spouse, in which she gladly waltzed to the bank and sat back to watch her account balance grow. Decided in the fashion of Marvin Gaye whom in the late 1970's released an album titled "Here, My Dear." after his tumultuous divorce from Anna Gordy, That he too would sing the blues away, by confessing the truth and the tale of heart ache and struggle but what remains important in between the heartaches and remind his listeners that Life is still Good. Clad in a designer suit, perched in a smokey jook joint in the belly of NYC, draped across his knee, the green dress his former wife had worn on their wedding day, The Ny Mc told the tale

No Introduction: Nas hits hard on this dark, dramatic song that kicks the album off

Loco-Motive: A grimey offering with the style reminiscent of the 90's era without sounding too dated, Nas tells the tale that he is still moving, still living.
A Queens Story: Theatrical stirring violins bring in this track then the beat knocks and Nas begins tellin the tale of his home borough of Queens.

Accident Murderers: A heavy track with the sound of a 90's sample in the kicks and drums a theatrical track feat Ricky Rozay.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album... what we've all been waiting for! July 17, 2012
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I just listened to this album last night and I bought it this morning. After listening, I could not describe how amazed I was by a fantastic album put together by Nas. Every single song was just fantastic and fit well with the album (except Summer on Smash which was pretty bad and had no place on this album). Outside of Summer on Smash, I wouldn't hesitate to call every song on this album great.

The thing that's really great about this album is that it's exactly what rap fans have been waiting for: Nas returning to his old self. It isn't quite Illmatic, or even Stillmatic for that matter, but in my opinion it comes pretty close. Lyrically he is a monster once again, his flow is so on point in basically every song, and the production is great. The concept of the album is great idea and you know Nas will keep it lyrically relevant. The fact that he has been in the game for 18 years but he can still come up with the stuff in this album is pretty amazing. Obviously once you blow up and get famous like he did, it's pretty hard to remain true to yourself, but that's exactly what Nas did with this album. I fully feel like it is a successful attempt at a return to his old days when he was one of the guys that dominated rap.

If you have the money and you like rap, definitely get this album. It's fantastic throughout and I can't stress enough how great Nas is in every single song. I definitely think the $14 I paid for it were well worth it for the Deluxe Edition, which includes the single Nasty along with 3 other great songs. Bottom line is, if you enjoy rap, you won't be disappointed by this terrific effort from Nas. Get the album.

Memorable songs from album: Accident Murderers, Daughters, World's an Addiction, You Wouldn't Understand
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up Hip-Hop July 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you ever wondered what it would sound like if an acknowleged hip-hop great had lived until today AND produced an album from a grown up's perspective... well here it is.

Nas provides you an opus here that is dope - but not trendy. It is an album for hip-hop heads
that isn't trying to PRETEND that it was made by a 20 year old.

"Daughters" alone brought me in... because I too am 40 with a with a daughter and my concerns and perspectives
have changed since I was a teenaged hip-hop head. That said, "Cherry Wine" has been on CONSTANT replay
since I first heard it. Foregoing "Illmatic," that song would have been in place on "Midnight Marauders."
I can't give any higher praise.

Meanwhile, songs like "Bye, Baby" (aimed squarely at ex-wife Kelis) and "Stay" are poignant and give a perspective
that only someone who has been in relationships and/or entertainment as long as Nas could deliver.

Long story short: If you're looking for paint-by-the-numbers usual offerings, you might be disappointed.
If you too are a long-time lover of hip-hop who has lived long enough to have a change in perspective - and APPRECIATE those changes, then you like me will LOVE this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me Crazy... July 23, 2012
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Format:Audio CD
...but I will go out on a limb and say this is Nas' best album. I've been a fan since I heard The World is Yours. I've purchased every Nas album and call me crazy but my favorite one up to this point was It was Written and not illmatic. Don't get me wrong, Illmatic was raw, ill and deserving of 5 mics but I thought It was Written was kind of slept on. Lyrically it was so far ahead of its time with songs like I Gave You Power, Suspect Witness, If I Ruled the World amongst others. That album changed the way I viewed rap. I pretty much have liked all of Nas' albums, some more than others. Life is Good is like taking snapshots of the best off each of the previous albums and putting them together in a photo album. Simply beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Life Is Good and this Album is Bad
Illmatic [1994] is this guy's only good album and not a 5 star by any means but good anyway. This one is plain Bad.
Published 27 days ago by Paul F. Heath Armengol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Best album Nas has put out in years for sure. Compared to current rap out there right now this is a much better and more grown up and thought provoking product.
Published 2 months ago by Matt Corey
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
Nas has definterly grown over the years as an artist in entertainment, as well as a poet a writer and african american male in music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tafari K Boozer
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is good
Ok some people don't like Nas. I feel that he likes to take the back seat approach to music. I liked the feel of the album. Also this had a few features. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wmachine
5.0 out of 5 stars keeping it rapper alive.
I think Nas has been,and is,the realest big star rapper out there.Tupac is dead.
Lil Wayne was only good on drugs.this album is amazing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas
I'm not into hip hop or rap but this CD is excellent. Old school with a message about life. CD was worth the money.
Published 4 months ago by dr
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas is back
He's Nasty Nas again not to hate on that reggae fused album but if its not AZ why make a collabo album.
Published 4 months ago by Rajai Ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars I am pleasantly surprised
I know, we are talking about NAS. Since his first album, every album that he puts out, someone is trying to compare it to the very first album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Akhenatonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Nas . ...
What can I say? It's just an HONOR to own this album!!! It is simply a MASTERPIECE! Nas has done it again. . . .
Published 6 months ago by Latisha Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars 11th solo is once again worth hearing
It's been 2 years and 2 months since Nas last was part of an album, and 4 years since his last solo album and he returns here with his 11th solo effort. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G$
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