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Magic

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2020's King's Disease and its 2021 sequel King's Disease II represented a return to form for New York rap legend Nas, teaming with Hit-Boy for a steady drip of excellently crafted new material that took inspiration from early-'90s hip-hop classics but pushed beyond mere nostalgia. Both albums were received with more fan enthusiasm and critical regard than much of Nas' 2010s output. The nine-track album Magic is cut from a similar cloth as the King's Disease installments that preceded it, but works as more of a stopgap release to tide over listeners as King's Disease III is being finalized. Hit-Boy's thick, straightforward, and somewhat retro-stylized production again offers as much of a voice here as Nas' fluid rhyming and wizened lyricism. Summery beats and glitched-out soul samples make tracks like "Ugly" and "Hollywood Gangsta," and the huge fun of "Wave Gods" finds A$AP Rocky dropping in for a guest verse while DJ Premier scratches in some familiar hooks from the archives of golden-era rap.
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
Speechless Explicit
00:03:06

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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2
Meet Joe Black Explicit
00:02:51

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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3
Ugly Explicit
00:03:18

Nasir Jones, Composer - Corbett, Producer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Dustin James Corbett, Composer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher - New Black Light Music Publishing LLC, MusicPublisher

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4
40-16 Building Explicit
00:02:55

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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5
Hollywood Gangsta Explicit
00:03:15

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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6
Wu for the Children Explicit
00:03:18

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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7
Wave Gods Explicit
00:03:10

Nasir Jones, Composer - Chris Martin, Composer - DJ Premier, MainArtist - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - A$AP Rocky, MainArtist - Rakim Mayers, Composer - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher - (A$AP ROCKY MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC/Universal Music Publishing), MusicPublisher - (Gifted Pearl Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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8
The Truth Explicit
00:03:27

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

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9
Dedicated Explicit
00:03:52

Nasir Jones, Composer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, AAndRCoordinator - Mike Bozzi, MasteringEngineer - Nas, MainArtist - David Kim, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Hit-Boy, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Chauncey Hollis Jr, Composer - (Sun Shining, LLC/Universal Music Publishing Inc, BMI), MusicPublisher - (Hit-Boy Music/U Can't Teach Being the Shhh/Songs of Universal, BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 Mass Appeal (P) 2021 Mass Appeal

Album Description

2020's King's Disease and its 2021 sequel King's Disease II represented a return to form for New York rap legend Nas, teaming with Hit-Boy for a steady drip of excellently crafted new material that took inspiration from early-'90s hip-hop classics but pushed beyond mere nostalgia. Both albums were received with more fan enthusiasm and critical regard than much of Nas' 2010s output. The nine-track album Magic is cut from a similar cloth as the King's Disease installments that preceded it, but works as more of a stopgap release to tide over listeners as King's Disease III is being finalized. Hit-Boy's thick, straightforward, and somewhat retro-stylized production again offers as much of a voice here as Nas' fluid rhyming and wizened lyricism. Summery beats and glitched-out soul samples make tracks like "Ugly" and "Hollywood Gangsta," and the huge fun of "Wave Gods" finds A$AP Rocky dropping in for a guest verse while DJ Premier scratches in some familiar hooks from the archives of golden-era rap.
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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