Nas is the latest artist to enlist the help of serial tweeter and genius adjacent resident Kanye West for the production of his newest record Nasir. Te 7 track album is another triumph, featuring some of the game’s best, delivered by the game’s best.
Opening track Not For Radio, features Puff Daddy and 070 Shake, and even appears to sample film composer Basil Poledouris. With the filmmaker even credited as composer and lyricist on the track. Best known for scoring films like Conan the Barbarian (1982), RoboCop (1987), and more.
‘Cops Shot the Kid,’ which sees Kanye West make an appearance, samples Richard Pryor and Slick Rick’s ‘Children’s Story.’
‘Bonjour’ features Tony Williams and samples R.D. Burman’s Indian score from the 1977 film Mukti,m an interesting lead line to say the least. ‘everything’ again features Kanye and this time with the added help of The-Dream. ‘Adam and Eve’ also features The-Dream, as well as Kourosh Yaghmaei’s ‘Gole Yakh.’
The album marks the fourth record in as many weeks to be released with Kanye West at the helm. First was Pusha T’s Daytona, then his collaborative album with Kid Kudi, Kids See Ghosts, followed by the mentioned Nasir with Teyana Taylor’s due in the next week or so.
A rich time for Ye. But more importantly a return to form for Nas, with his first album in 6 years, he’s made a statement of intent on this one.