Throughout the 7-track project, we are bombarded with samples and erratic beats, however, it seems to work for Nas with the emotion-inducing topics of his raps. He spits: “Abe Lincoln did not free the enslaved” and “SWAT was created to stop the Panthers”. Nas is also “buyin’ back the land owned by the slave masters.”
The length of this album and the tracks suits Nas's style, as previously he has been given free reign over time which means his messages end up convoluted and lost. With Kanye's production choices including his samples, the pair work well together to push Nas' points across.
However, although Nas has made many incredible points about American racism, he doesn't address the allegations his ex-wife Kelis has made that she suffered "mental and physical abuse" in their relationship. This is a very obvious lack in the album, as his last album was practically all about Kelis, with the cover being him holding her green wedding dress.
The only other part of the album that feels somewhat underdone is his views on vaccination. Nas counts himself as part of the anti-vaxxer movement and in 'Everything' he spits “I thought you would protect me from this scary place?/Why’d you let them inject me? Who’s gonna know how these side effects is gonna affect me?”
All in all, this album is a very poignant piece of art from Nas and Kanye and the sound translates very well. Considering 'Ye' has mediocre reviews, critics were sceptical that the pair could pull it off, however, they seem to have proved their haters wrong.
June 16, 2018
NASIR— Diddy (@Diddy) June 16, 2018
Daytona— Bryan-Michael Cox (@bryanmichaelcox) June 16, 2018
Kids See Ghosts
NASIR.@kanyewest delivered and it’s super inspiring.
Thank you @Nas https://t.co/YECG6Mbw55— Q.M. (@Quentin__Miller) June 16, 2018
Nas needs to make a second album with Ye ... this time a proper full length ... 15 - 18 songs ... 7 is not enough ... I repeat ... 7 is not enough #Nasir #Wole2— Ko-Jo Cue (@KOJO_Cue) June 16, 2018
If the new pusha and nas albums prove anything it's that good rappers sounds good rapping over good sample based beats. WHO WOULDA THOUGHT?! 🤔🤔🤔— Blockhead (@BlockheadNYC) June 15, 2018
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