Now, I’ve never been much of a fan of heavily rap dominated records. I enjoy it more as a side than a main, on my plate of music. It has to be accompanied with some form of melody because that is what I enjoy. The main reason behind my love of RnB. Additionally, the fact that I grew up around such music. Courtesy of my sisters, the preference has stuck with me. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about my taste in music.
This post is dedicated to probably one of the best rap albums I have heard in a while. Arguably the best one this year so far, Kings Disease by Nas wasn’t on my radar for projects to delve into. Fortunately, I stumbled upon it through listening to the single “Ultra Black” and navigating my way to his profile. I wasn’t even aware that Nasir was still actively making music prior to the discovery.
From previous experiences, my initial thought was that I wouldn’t enjoy the project. Although Nas is known for his intricate wordplay and punchlines. Something I enjoy as much as the next person. However, he also had a history of choosing “less than desired” beats to rap on. In all honesty, I was not trying to be “bar’d” to death over a generic beat, especially when the beat doesn’t slap.
But low and behold, it was the opposite of that. The first record on the project, the album’s name-sake was a real pleasure to listen to. Further confirming that whenever a track shares the name of the album that it is on. It’ll always be a bop, its somewhat of a cheat code.
Remember I mentioned my attraction to melody? The intro definitely had it, whatever was sampled worked well. Then I learned that Hit-Boy was the executive producer for the album, (I like to research a project whilst I listen to it) and with his connections to Kayne West’s Good Music. I assumed that the calibre of instrumentals were going to be of a high quality.
Well, I wasn’t wrong to assume that. They were pretty awesome to say the least, notable mentions for: Ultra Black, 27 Summers and All Bad. Some of my favourite records on the project.
A handful of features on the project too, from both new and “experienced” artists. It was cool to see Foxy Brown, Charlie Wilson on tracks and it’s safe to say that they didn’t come to play either. They both did well in their respective roles. Surprising featuring artists such as Don Toliver, Lil Durk also did well and didn’t seem out of place. Something that I assumed would be the case when I say their names on the project. Because of the different era and style between them and Nasir.
In conclusion, I would like to say that this album was carefully and strategically made. The consistency and quality is evident of that. Shoutout to Nas, Hit-Boy and everyone involved in the production of the album. It was a pleasure to experience and it also has serious playback value. Something I look for in any kind of music (goes without saying, but yeah).
Check it out.
The song for today had to be Ultra Black – Nas ft Hit-Boy
Loving life, one day at a time.