Life is Good (2012) As Tony Soprano once said, "'Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation." Sadly, onetime wunderkind Nas falls into that trap on his 10th album.… 2012-07-17 Nas Hip-Hop/Rap Def Jam
Music Review

Life is Good (2012)

''REMEMBER WHEN'' Nas is stuck in the past and obsessed with the life he once led
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''REMEMBER WHEN'' Nas is stuck in the past and obsessed with the life he once led
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 17, 2012; Lead Performance: Nas; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Production: Def Jam

As Tony Soprano once said, '''Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation.'' Sadly, onetime wunderkind Nas falls into that trap on his 10th album. Given his bitter 2010 divorce from Kelis (that's her wedding dress on the cover), the millions he owes in back taxes, and the diminishing returns since his game-changing 1994 debut, Illmatic, it's no wonder he'd rather live in the past. Too many tracks here recount his salad days in the era ''before Air Jordans.'' Still, Life Is Good's better moments, like the languid Amy Winehouse collab ''Cherry Wine,'' manage to give his classics a run for their money — even if that money's going straight to the IRS anyway. B-

Best Tracks:
Cherry Wine
The Don
Originally posted Jul 11, 2012 Published in issue #1216 Jul 20, 2012 Order article reprints