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  • Summary: The seven-track release for the New York rap artist was produced by Kanye West.

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Everything
[Pre-Chorus: Kanye West and The-Dream] Your love and your heart See 'cause you've never been the same as anyone else Don't think the same as everyone... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The Wire
    Jul 26, 2018
    80
    Nasir comes closest to being an unqualified success. Those still hoping for the return of ruthless adolescent Nasty Nas will be disappointed--although recent allegations of spousal abuse from ex-wife Kelis cast a troubling shadow--but his voice is thick with middle-aged grit and gravitas. [Aug 2018, p.63]
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    There are some slight missteps, like West’s tedious hook on Everything, but Nasir proves Nas’ ongoing relevance as one of New York’s biggest living rappers, with the best overall production and best quality control since Illmatic: the curse may finally be lifting.
  3. Jun 20, 2018
    61
    The writing is so meandering and mechanical that little here feels intentional, even the gaps. And strangely, that’s the bittersweet takeaway: Nas the meticulous observer has been supplanted by Nas the nervous rambler. It doesn’t feel like an accident.
  4. Jun 18, 2018
    50
    Nasir is among the weakest Nas albums, but there’s nothing spectacular about its failure. It is, simply, the one thing Nas has avoided being all these years, through revolutionary highs and car-crash lows: dull.
  5. Aug 3, 2018
    50
    A prevailing quantity of the tracks is either forgettable or regrettable. Nas often sounds unenthused.
  6. Jun 21, 2018
    50
    Although its brighter moments ("Adam and Eve," "Cops Shot the Kid") save it from being a complete fall from grace, overall Nasir is disappointingly heedless. Hopefully his next effort is more honest.
  7. Jun 19, 2018
    40
    It all rings hollow due to how thinly sketched out the writing and production is. Much of it is awkward, directionless, and, at times, just confusing--showing an artist grasping at a million ideas and hoping to grab one, with none of it being done in any interesting or shrewd way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 2 out of 57
  1. Jun 20, 2018
    10
    Nas made a big mistake. He collaborated with Kanye. Kanye made the perfect Nas album and the media reviews are terrible. Because they don'tNas made a big mistake. He collaborated with Kanye. Kanye made the perfect Nas album and the media reviews are terrible. Because they don't listen to the music, they just hate Kanye. All respect to Nas and Kanye for Nasir, a pure masterpiece. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    Rich musically, deep lyrically, 1 of todays finest hip hop art work by one of all time greatest MC and all time greatest producer. ConsideringRich musically, deep lyrically, 1 of todays finest hip hop art work by one of all time greatest MC and all time greatest producer. Considering where Hip Hop was these past few years, this is realy a massive turn in music. Nas best work since Illmatic, no doubt. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    WTH. It amazing. good sh!t I liked everything. Kanye make beat good he make lot of this nas album beats. Nas is good rapman. he make goodWTH. It amazing. good sh!t I liked everything. Kanye make beat good he make lot of this nas album beats. Nas is good rapman. he make good raps. Good sh!t. F#cking Amazing

    Best Album of the Year
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  4. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    This is what happens when you match a sampling production genius with a lyrical genius and poet over enthralling and moving instrumentals withThis is what happens when you match a sampling production genius with a lyrical genius and poet over enthralling and moving instrumentals with haunting background vocals and trumpets. Damn near a classic LP and one of Nas's most concise and masterful works like the days of Illmatic. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2018
    8
    Gets better with every listen. The production really grew on me (though I still have a hard time getting into the hook for "everything") andGets better with every listen. The production really grew on me (though I still have a hard time getting into the hook for "everything") and overall it's Nas' most consistent production-wise since It Was Written, or dare I say, Illmatic. Nas sounds more relaxed here than on other albums, but it suits the beats. He is maybe not rapping on the level of his other classics, but it suits the production, and he keeps his flow interesting. Lyrically he is always compelling, and whether you agree with his opinions or not, he always kept me listening and entertained. "Simple Things" is probably my favorite track. Great album, this month has been amazing! Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2018
    7
    Todavia no se como me siento con este album. Sobre la produccion, excelente, nada que quejarme pero lo que es "Nas" es muchas partes carece deTodavia no se como me siento con este album. Sobre la produccion, excelente, nada que quejarme pero lo que es "Nas" es muchas partes carece de esa lirica que lo caracteriza, siento que no se ezforzo mucho con este album, algunos de sus versos son aburridos mientras que otros si que valen la pena Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    0
    Complete garbage album. The production sounded rushed, unfinished and the beats were just overall horrible.

    Nas' performance wasn't great
    Complete garbage album. The production sounded rushed, unfinished and the beats were just overall horrible.

    Nas' performance wasn't great either. He sound so bored on this album, nothing he says holds any value because he can barely get the words out his own mouth. He is rapping so slow on every track and slow flow Nas has never been great.

    It sounds like Nas laid the verses to completely different beats and Kanye spend a week or two producing the album without Nas being involved.
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