Nas has been on a pretty serious roll with the singles littering the lead-up to his tenth studio effort Life Is Good, the previously released “Nasty” and “The Don” both registering as screwface/ head-nod-igniting, boom bap-backed lyrical workouts that nod back to his early 90’s throne-nabbing roots while also giving the strong hint of Life possibly being another “five mic”-worthy classic.
That Illmatic-esque quality hasn’t dipped an inch For third official pre-tease “Daughters”, a poignant father-to-“princess” ode that finds him struggling with how to deal with a rapidly maturing teenager in the Social Media Age (“She planted/ A box of condoms on her dresser then she Instagrammed it/ At this point I realized I ain’t the strictest parent”) while also coming to sobering terms on how his way of upbringing could have influenced her (“I’m too loose, I’m too cool with her/ Shoulda drove on time to school with her/ I thought I dropped enough jewels on her…”).
With hip hop being such a youth and “on the come up”-obsessed scene, it’s refreshing to hear a thirty-eight-year-old emcee/ legend sounding just as sharp as his breakthrough days with mature material that’s relative to both his life and the listeners who’ve grown up with him. Younger rap generation (and some of those mic-handlers sitting alongside him on the age scale), take note.
Also, that shimmering soul-sample-soaked No I.D production is giving us all kinds of throwback summer jam nostalgia.
Life Is Good is set for a July 17th release.
Here’s the newly dropped video for “The Don”: