L.E.S. Ranks No. 4 As Nas’ Best Go-To Producer

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    L.E.S. Ranks No. 4 As Nas' Go-To Producer
    Lost amid larger names like The Trackmasters and better affiliated producers like No I.D., L.E.S. has quietly rode shotgun with Nas throughout most of the QB poet’s catalog. He was a nominal presence on <em>Illmatic</em>, compared to the heavyweights brought in to craft that classic. However, L.E.S.’s “Life’s a Bitch” proved to be a standout, indicating he and Nas’ chemistry. The pair see-sawed between social commentary fair (“Black Girl Lost,” “I Want to Talk to You,” “Just A Moment) and nihilistic gangster-infused tracks (“Suspect,” “Money Over Bullshit”) just as easy as Nas could slip off loafers for a pair of Timbos. Although they have their share of misfires—L.E.S. contributed heavily to Nas’ least prescient albums, <em>Nastradamus</em> and <em>Hip Hop is Dead</em>—their connection still yields results: bear witness to their last collaboration, appropriately scaling the full-range of their artistic efforts together, “Black Republican,” featuring Jay-Z. Fuck it then.<br /><br /><strong>Released Tracks:</strong> 26<br /><strong>Album Appearances (1pt):</strong> 7 = 7 pts<br /><strong>Officially Released Singles (2pts):</strong> 3 = 6 pts<br /><strong>Grammy Nominations (3pts):</strong> 0 = 0<br /><strong>Top 40 Singles on <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 (4pts):</strong> 0 = 0<br /><strong>Signature Track(s) (5pts):</strong> “Life’s a Bitch,” “Black Girl Lost,” “Black Republicans”: 3 = 15 pts<br /><strong>Total:</strong> 28 points<br /><br /><strong>Click <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2012/08/large-professor-ranks-no-5-as-nas%E2%80%99-best-go-to-producer/" target="_blank">here</a> to see Nas’ No. 6 Go-To Producer, and stay tuned as <em>XXL</em> reveals Nas’ Best Go-To Producers throughout the week.</strong>
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    Nas "Life's A Bitch" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Illmatic</em> (1994)
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    Nas "Black Girl Lost" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>It Was Written</em> (1996)
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    Nas "Suspect" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>It Was Written</em> (1996)
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    Nas "Favor For A Favor" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>I Am</em> (1999)
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    Nas "I Want to Talk to You" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>I Am</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Life Is What You Make It" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>I Am</em> (1999)
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    Nas "K-I-SS-I-N-G" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>I Am</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Undying Love" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>I Am</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Life We Chose" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Nastradamus</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Nastradamus" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Nastradamus</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Last Words" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Nastradamus</em> (1999)
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    Nas "Big Girl" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Nastradamus</em> (1999)
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    Nas "New World" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Nastradamus</em> (1999)
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    Nas "The Flyest" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Stillmatic</em> (2001)
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    Nas "Every Ghetto" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Stillmatic</em> (2001)
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    Nas "U Gotta Love It" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>The Lost Tapes</em> (2002)
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    Nas "Nothing Lasts Forever" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>The Lost Tapes</em> (2002)
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    Nas "Blaze A 50" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>The Lost Tapes</em> (2002)
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    Nas "Disciple" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Street's Disciple</em> (2004)
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    Nas "Just A Moment" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Street's Disciple</em> (2004)
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    Nas "Remember The Times [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Street's Disciple</em> (2004)
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    Nas "The Makings of a Perfect Bitch" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Street's Disciple</em> (2004)
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    Nas "Me & You (Dedicated to Destiny)" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Street's Disciple</em> (2004)
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    Nas "Money Over Bullshit" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Hip Hop Is Dead</em> (2006)
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    Nas "You Can't Kill Me" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Hip Hop Is Dead</em> (2006)
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    Nas "Black Republican" [Produced by L.E.S.], <em>Hip Hop Is Dead</em> (2006)
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  • land lord

    Trackmasters didn’t produce Hate Me Now

  • TruthBeTold

    hahaha khaled can’t even spin, had to hire premo to do that too ! wtf is this guy good for ? HE DOES NOTHING.

  • that nigga

    Nope, Foxxy Brown’s brother stole it from Don Poof and presented it to Nas.