Evan Serpick
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Can

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nas

We gave it a B+

Only a rapper with Nas’ credibility could release a commercial single with a positive message that takes its melody from Beethoven’s ”Fur Elise” and has a cloying hook sung by a kids’ choir. Thank God’s Son he takes advantage of the opportunity. While these cautionary tales are a bit pedantic, any song that gets hip-hop heads to nod and sing along to lines like ”I know I can/Be what I want to be” shouldn’t be missed.

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