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That's Nas' ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress on the cover: she's a fellow recording artist, the two have a kid together, and she wasn't consulted about the album cover or the album itself. Life Is Good is that kind of album, and for the moment, Nas is that kind of guy. He may have recorded some game-changing albums early on, and his recent collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, was vital as well, but this puff-chested bitch session is a completely different animal, coming off as Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear, although this one prefers playing to radio over playing it as landmark disc, and prefers swaggering over staying on topic. Know that he's willing to take all the credit for his own Illmatic here, too, boasting that he's the best in the game before shooting insults at easy targets and his ex-wife/father-of-his-children, who never should have left because as "Roses" states, "I'm an ass magnet." This trashing without rebuttal is worth arguing about, and snarky and vicious aren't admirable qualities, so the best way to approach this unfiltered carpet bombing of love and marriage is thinking about how heartbreak can make a man go cold (808s & Heartbreak) or in this case, irresponsibly start fires. Well-funded fires, too, as Swizz Beatz's "On to the Next One" soundalike "Summer On Smash" gives Nas a bona fide club killer, and when it comes to headlines, that's the late Amy Winehouse on "Cherry Wine" in one of her last recordings -- on a track as intoxicating as its namesake. Don't let that vicious guy on the cover know that a woman also assists on the album's other truly rich moment, with Mary J. Blige in top form on "Reach Out," while Rick Ross winds up the album's top thug thanks to "Accident Murderers," a majestic street track with No I.D. on production and a reference to Illmatic's Jerome character, even when bringing that one up is sticky, seeing as Life Is Good isn't even in the same ballpark. Still, Nas doesn't seem to care, putting a Jim Jones-styled blast of boss talk called "Nasty" on the same album he pulls the heartstrings on with the well-written personal number "Daughters," but he sells it all, delivering everything here as if its classic status was assured and will never fall into an embarrassment trap, as long as the cover art isn't brought into the debate. If the game needed Illmatic, this is the one Nas needed to get out of his system, acting as a clearinghouse for all venom and bile, plus some gloss that doesn't fit but needed to go as well.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
No Introduction Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:15

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Producer - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Bartolomei, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Dean Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Erik Reyes Ortiz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Loco-Motive Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:39

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - No I.D., Producer - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Omar Loya, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Sidibe, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Large Professor, FeaturedArtist - Maestro Harrell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Parry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gabriel "G-Code" Zardes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
A Queens Story Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:35

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Darryl McDaniels, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Simmons, ComposerLyricist - Hal Ritson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - SALAAM REMI, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, D J, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - SalaamRemi.com, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Adlam, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Davies, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gleyder Disla, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Weber, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Lumpkin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Gabriel "G-Code" Zardes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chloe Flower, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Accident Murderers Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:37

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Degarmo, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - Rick Ross, FeaturedArtist - No I.D., Producer - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Solomon, ComposerLyricist - Keith Parry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Daughters Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:19

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Adams, ComposerLyricist - Ernest D. Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Dale Frashuer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Leka, ComposerLyricist - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - No I.D., Producer - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gary DeCarlo, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Reach Out Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:45

Rodney Jerkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Frederick J. Perren, ComposerLyricist - Isaac Hayes, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hank Shocklee, ComposerLyricist - Mary J. Blige, FeaturedArtist - Nas, MainArtist - SalaamRemi.com, Producer - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christine Yarian Perren, ComposerLyricist - Richard Wyatt, ComposerLyricist - Dante Franklin, ComposerLyricist - Gleyder Disla, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Lumpkin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Matt Champlin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Morgan, Unknown, Other - DJ HOT DAY, Producer, D J, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Caddell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
World's An Addiction Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:00

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Henry, Clarinet, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - Anthony Hamilton, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Mungo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SalaamRemi.com, Producer - Tim Davies, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gleyder Disla, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Lumpkin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Gabriel "G-Code" Zardes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Summer On Smash Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:18

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Kasseem Dean, ComposerLyricist - Miguel, FeaturedArtist - Angel Aponte, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Swizz Beatz, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Rich Keller, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Weber, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
You Wouldn't Understand Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:34

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Best, ComposerLyricist - William Griffin, ComposerLyricist - Eric Barrier, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BUCKWILD, Producer - Tommy Brown, ComposerLyricist - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Del Bowers, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Victoria Monet, FeaturedArtist - Michael Claxton, ComposerLyricist - Victoria McCants, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Back When Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:21

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Moltke, ComposerLyricist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Degarmo, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - No I.D., Producer - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Sidibe, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Richard Forgie, ComposerLyricist - Keith Parry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
The Don Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:01

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - W. Maragh, ComposerLyricist - Dwight Myers, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Clark, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Palacios, ComposerLyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Heavy D, Producer - SALAAM REMI, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Da Internz, Producer - Nas, MainArtist - Red Alert, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Nkrumah "Jah" Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Gleyder Disla, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
Stay Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:44

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Lester Abrams, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - No I.D., Producer - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Omar Loya, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Large Professor, FeaturedArtist - Tyler Yamashita, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
Cherry Wine Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:56

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Adams, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - SALAAM REMI, Drums, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Amy Winehouse, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Noble, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Henry, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - SalaamRemi.com, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gleyder Disla, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

14
Bye Baby Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:58

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Teddy Riley, ComposerLyricist - Aaron Hall, ComposerLyricist - GENE GRIFFIN, ComposerLyricist - Noah Shebib, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SALAAM REMI, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - SalaamRemi.com, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Gatling, ComposerLyricist - Gleyder Disla, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Lumpkin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

15
Nasty Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:03

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - SALAAM REMI, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Big Kap, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gleyder "Gee" Disla, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group

16
The Black Bond Album Version (Explicit)
00:02:21

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SALAAM REMI, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - KEVIN CROUSE, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SalaamRemi.com, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Davies, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gleyder Disla, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Lumpkin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

17
Roses Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:31

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Dan Wilson, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Al Shux, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - Alexander Shuckburgh, ComposerLyricist - N. Flores, ComposerLyricist - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - S. Fenton, ComposerLyricist - Nikki Flores, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gabriel "G-Code" Zardes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

18
Where's The Love Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:26

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - James Fauntleroy II, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Randolph, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kaye Fox, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Nas, MainArtist - Peter Nash, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., Producer - Anna Ugarte, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul E. Huston, ComposerLyricist - Michael Berrin, ComposerLyricist - Cocaine 80s, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

That's Nas' ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress on the cover: she's a fellow recording artist, the two have a kid together, and she wasn't consulted about the album cover or the album itself. Life Is Good is that kind of album, and for the moment, Nas is that kind of guy. He may have recorded some game-changing albums early on, and his recent collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, was vital as well, but this puff-chested bitch session is a completely different animal, coming off as Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear, although this one prefers playing to radio over playing it as landmark disc, and prefers swaggering over staying on topic. Know that he's willing to take all the credit for his own Illmatic here, too, boasting that he's the best in the game before shooting insults at easy targets and his ex-wife/father-of-his-children, who never should have left because as "Roses" states, "I'm an ass magnet." This trashing without rebuttal is worth arguing about, and snarky and vicious aren't admirable qualities, so the best way to approach this unfiltered carpet bombing of love and marriage is thinking about how heartbreak can make a man go cold (808s & Heartbreak) or in this case, irresponsibly start fires. Well-funded fires, too, as Swizz Beatz's "On to the Next One" soundalike "Summer On Smash" gives Nas a bona fide club killer, and when it comes to headlines, that's the late Amy Winehouse on "Cherry Wine" in one of her last recordings -- on a track as intoxicating as its namesake. Don't let that vicious guy on the cover know that a woman also assists on the album's other truly rich moment, with Mary J. Blige in top form on "Reach Out," while Rick Ross winds up the album's top thug thanks to "Accident Murderers," a majestic street track with No I.D. on production and a reference to Illmatic's Jerome character, even when bringing that one up is sticky, seeing as Life Is Good isn't even in the same ballpark. Still, Nas doesn't seem to care, putting a Jim Jones-styled blast of boss talk called "Nasty" on the same album he pulls the heartstrings on with the well-written personal number "Daughters," but he sells it all, delivering everything here as if its classic status was assured and will never fall into an embarrassment trap, as long as the cover art isn't brought into the debate. If the game needed Illmatic, this is the one Nas needed to get out of his system, acting as a clearinghouse for all venom and bile, plus some gloss that doesn't fit but needed to go as well.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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