God's Stepson by 9th Wonder
To say that Nasir Jones is back, would imply a distinct absence from the game, but with 3 albums released in little more than a year this is, undoubtedly, not the case. Following Stillmatic and The Lost Tapes (an album made up of previously un-released B side tracks) the 'King of New York'now brings his 6th studio album to the hip-hop table and it certainly doesn't disappoint.
The first single from the album "Made You Look" does the job it professes to do. This is raw hip-hop at its best with an uncompromising, head-nodding beat and ruthless hook. Definitely one for the clubs and car stereos. With "The Last Real N** Alive", our narrator breaks down his entire career history, including his relationship with Biggie, and of course the famous but somewhat over-hyped beef with Jay-Z. "I Can" is a positive, inspirational track that assures kids that they can achieve their dreams.
Uncharacteristically, he's added a few star names to the roster, including current girlfriend Kelis on "Hey Nas". Alicia Keys also climbs on board for "Warrior Song" andman-of-the-moment Eminem contributeson "The Cross", although regrettably it falls short of his usual standard.
Having gained the respect from hip-hop heads Nas refuses to follow that well trodden road too many popular rappers inevitably end up taking (no names mentioned here!). Instead, God's Son takes us on a very different journey, one that's lyrically insightful, honest and reflective. Signifying personal growth and maturity as an artist, this 29 year old, Queensbridge rapper paints a vivid portrait. You get the feeling a distinct metamorphosis has taken place. It would appear Nasty Nas has long gone and now been replaced with a more philosophical and spiritual God's Son.
Mr Jones is going all out to return to his throne and reclaim his title. If his last three efforts are anything to judge by, I think we can say he's well on his way. Any competitors out there need to make sure they're keeping up with this Jones!