In August 2020 Nas came out with his latest studio album titled King’s Desease. His thirteenth solo album will finally have its first real vinyl release date on November 27th, 2020
Nas – King's Disease [2xLP]
Vinyl Release: November 27th, 2020
Label: Caroline (Universal Music)
Run Time: 38 mins
Ever since Illmatic for an artist of Nas caliber who has created all time milestones within the genre it has always been a thin line between developing as an artist and at the same time delivering music for his essential, loyal listeners. A topic that he also kinda addresses on one of the songs named the “The Cure”.
Recent projects like “Nasir”, which felt kinda rushed, or also “Lost Tapes 2” were not really able to live up to expectations.
However King’s Desease is something different. Sounds like a very well thought album with 13 songs on it that are entirely produced by Hit-Boy who built up a nice chemistry with Nas that came up with great variety of subject matter.
Its safe to say that the Queensbridge legend made it to find the perfect match between new and old without giving up one inch of his signature style.
The lead Single “Ultra Black” already went viral and media tried to create a scenario about the Doja Cat line on it.
Songs like “10 Points” or “The Definition” also give some conscious insights of whats going on right now in Amerika.
Cuts that will give you that true golden era feeling are probably “Blue Benz” where Nas is rappin’ about the infamous New York underground club “The Tunnel”… Or the nostalgic hood story on “Car #85”.
A true highlight is definately the reunion of the The Firm for this album. It took them 15 years to squash the beef with Cormega and another 5 years from there to finally appear all together on one song again. And now we got it. Another gem with all the original members on it called “The Circle”.
Apart from AZ, Cormega and Foxy Brown there will also be a guest verse from Dr. Dre at the end. Mainly because he was one of the producers of the classic Firm album in 1997.
However besides songs like “Replace Me” and “27 summers” which seem to suit the mainstream and might be something long term Nas listeners needs to get used to… The album definately delivers what a lot of people waited for.
On this release he again proves his legendary status with his timeless delivery on a very well produced piece of work. A pretty balanced project with a variety of grown man topics but definately not forgetting the essence.
01 King’s Disease
02 Blue Benz
03 Car #85 (feat. Charlie Wilson)
04 Ultra Black (feat. HIT-BOY)
05 27 Summers
06 Replace Me (feat. Big Sean, Don Toliver)
07 Til The War Is Won (feat. Lil Durk)
08 All Bad (feat. Anderson .Paak)
09 The Definition (feat. Brucie B)
10 Full Circle (feat. Foxy Brown, AZ, Cormega, Dr. Dre)
11 10 Points
12 The Cure
13 Spicy [Bonus Track] (feat. ASAP Ferg, Fivio Foreign)