Release Date: 23rd November 1999
Featured Artists: 7/10
Overall Rating: 30/40
Nastradamus is the fourth studio album by American rapper Nas. The album is supported by the tracks Nastradamus and You Owe Me. The album has guest features from the artists Mobb Deep, Bravehearrs, Ronald Isley and others. The album was originally scheduled to be released as a follow-up album composed of material from recording sessions for his third album. Due to bootlegging of the material, Nas recorded separate songs for Nastradamus to meet it's November release date. Months later, Columbia Records decided to release the left out material as a follow up album, however Nas decided to record all new material under the title Nastradamus. The album is regarded as Nas' weakest album ever. However, the album is put down a lot but no one ever talks about how Nas' lyricism is still great on the album. Although the album isn't great it is still a good effort. Nas really have a poor performance but the album has some plus points. Nas' lyricism is definitely his strong suit on most of the tracks. The hooks are great and catchy but on the track "Nastradamus" the hook was a little annoying. The production is alright and deserves it's praise. For this album I first focused on how each track sounded alone and then as a whole album. I believe certain tracks would sound better as singles instead of being sort of this album. I do agree that this is Nas' worst album but he still gives a good performance. The album had mixed reviews from critics but commercially turned platinum the same year. In my opinion, this album is still good and should be listened to at least once properly. This is a good album just not Nas' best effort to say the least. Overall, a good album that could've been better if bootlegging never occurred.
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