I suppose it's time for me to admit that I'm a blogger, or at least an internet rap nerd, because the only people who seem to realize that Nas dropped a full length project this year are people that spend a lot of time on the internet. And Jamaicans. Some of 'em. The two Jamaicans I know probably don't listen to Nas. They're stupid that way. Anyway, this song may have gotten more attention from Nas' core fan base than the entire Distant Relatives project. That's a pity, since Distant Relatives is really good.
And it's even more of shame that Nas chose to give one of his best verses of the year to that loud Khaled dude. I've always maintained that the best incarnation of Nas is his "Escobar" persona and he does a great job of resurrecting that guy for the first half of this verse. Then he drops some jewels and you think he's about to get all Talib Kweli on you, but alas, Esco prevails with more slick talk. It's fun stuff that makes one wish Nas would do this bragging shit more often, with or without Khaled yelling and John Legend wailing about victory. Maybe Nas' effortless mastery of brag/mafioso rap will inspire that clown Rick Rawse to stop deluding himself for a minute. Unlikely, but a man can dream, right?
Nas - Victory