Following the release of a soon-to-be classic album like The Lost Tapes, most artists would feel comfortable enough to take a break. Not Nas.

Following the release of a soon-to-be classic album like The Lost Tapes, most artists would feel comfortable enough to take a break. Not Nas. The Queens, N.Y., MC returns less than three months later with a set of all-new material. God's Son, easily one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year, meets expectations on every level. Tracks like lead single "Made You Look" and "Get Down" showcase the relentless lyrical fire that have many labeling Nas one of the greatest MCs of his time. Both tracks, produced by Salaam Remi, balance Nas' timeless lyrical narrative with tracks that are reminiscent of classic hip-hop breakbeats. Throughout the set, Nas pays homage to his mother, who recently passed. The pain in his voice is particularly evident and fuels solemn tracks like "Heaven" and his version of "Thugz Mansion," which also appears on 2Pac's Better Dayz. Thought-provoking and masterful, God's Son finds Nas finally realizing his full potential as an MC.—RH

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