Nature - "Magic"
Nature has one of the strangest career trajectories in Queensbridge history. Out of everyone caught in the crossfire of Nas' blood vendetta at the turn of the century, his livelihood was derailed the farthest. Legend has it that Nate's been walled up in a Marcy apartment for the last eleven years like William Forrester, terrified of social interaction after being targeted on 'Build and Destroy'. He always seems to reemerge in the darkest corners of the internet. His latest effort, 'Magic', is nothing short of spectacular. It's a really weird Halloween song that feels like a direct response to Nas accusing him of being unfamiliar with zombies, ghouls, and gangsters. This is probably his first solo record since 'Five Minutes To Flush' that doesn't feel completely aimless. The flow is pristine and it's refreshing to hear a rapper that actually has bass in his voice. There's several really fun lines buried under the apocalyptic synthesizers. The standout is when he claims to be "quoting from the bible or that new Rick Ross shit." Perhaps For All Seasons should have actually been a holiday themed album.