Complex: The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of the Past 10 Years: Life Is Good
Street's Disciple bore the gift and the curse of double-LP largesse, while Hip Hop Is Dead and Untitled were solid efforts overshadowed by album title controversies. But it was Life Is Good that really affirmed that Nas, even divorced and pushing 40, still had something to say and a brilliant way of saying it. And after years of Nas' production getting knocked just for not being by DJ Premier, by the time Life Is Good came around, heads were finally ready to admit that Salaam Remi is an asset to Nas albums, not a liability. Nasty Nas was wise beyond his years at 19, but the hard-won lessons of his 30s give his new music a depth all its own.
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