I was having a conversation with a friend about our mutual admiration of hip-hop recently, and we agreed that Nas breaks the mold of the aging rap star. He’s in his 40s now, in great shape, still relevant (perhaps more so than ever), and still kicking great game. I’m hard pressed to find a contemporary of Nas who can still match him on the mic. Hell, Nas’ live show is one of the best out there, especially in hip-hop. So yes, “Illmatic” looms large over the rest of Nas’ repertoire, but he is still one of my favorite artists making new music who hasn’t slipped into a “greatest hits” victory lap.
Hummer has become my go-to song on the album, and it has nothing to do with how much I listened to some of those other tracks. Just so epic.
Smashing Pumpkins, perhaps more than any other band, shaped how I listened to music. They were probably the first band I was truly head over heels for.
Great job on a very serious undertaking. It reminded me that time hasn’t softened Pink Floyd’s impact on my life, nor will I allow their music to be saturated by classic rock radio. Even after I had been blown away years before the first time I listened to “Dark Side,” I was rocked just as hard by “Animals” and some of their more obscure avant garde works. Sometimes you just have to submit to the fact that classics are still classics, no matter how many times we’ve heard them.
By the way, not too many classic rock stations play “Dogs,” a tune that I think rightfully deserved to be high on this list.
The album leaked early. So did the baby.
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
Sorry I meant Get Lucky
Whether one loves or hates or can’t make up their mind about it, the robots were successful in getting people talking about the music. I mean, after all, was all this really about the music anyway? Or was the music secondary to the hype, the creation etc… Great opinion piece though.
What a beautifully-written, personable write up. Exactly the kind of write up an album of this magnitude deserves.