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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