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

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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 Illmatic, 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, Nastradamus and Hip Hop is Dead—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.

Released Tracks: 26
Album Appearances (1pt): 7 = 7 pts
Officially Released Singles (2pts): 3 = 6 pts
Grammy Nominations (3pts): 0 = 0
Top 40 Singles on Billboard Hot 100 (4pts): 0 = 0
Signature Track(s) (5pts): “Life’s a Bitch,” “Black Girl Lost,” “Black Republicans”: 3 = 15 pts
Total: 28 points

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Nas "Life's A Bitch" [Produced by L.E.S.], Illmatic (1994)

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Nas "Black Girl Lost" [Produced by L.E.S.], It Was Written (1996)

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Nas "Suspect" [Produced by L.E.S.], It Was Written (1996)

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Nas "Favor For A Favor" [Produced by L.E.S.], I Am (1999)

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Nas "I Want to Talk to You" [Produced by L.E.S.], I Am (1999)

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Nas "Life Is What You Make It" [Produced by L.E.S.], I Am (1999)

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Nas "K-I-SS-I-N-G" [Produced by L.E.S.], I Am (1999)

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Nas "Undying Love" [Produced by L.E.S.], I Am (1999)

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Nas "Life We Chose" [Produced by L.E.S.], Nastradamus (1999)

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Nas "Nastradamus" [Produced by L.E.S.], Nastradamus (1999)

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Nas "Last Words" [Produced by L.E.S.], Nastradamus (1999)

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Nas "Big Girl" [Produced by L.E.S.], Nastradamus (1999)

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Nas "New World" [Produced by L.E.S.], Nastradamus (1999)

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Nas "The Flyest" [Produced by L.E.S.], Stillmatic (2001)

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Nas "Every Ghetto" [Produced by L.E.S.], Stillmatic (2001)

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Nas "U Gotta Love It" [Produced by L.E.S.], The Lost Tapes (2002)

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Nas "Nothing Lasts Forever" [Produced by L.E.S.], The Lost Tapes (2002)

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Nas "Blaze A 50" [Produced by L.E.S.], The Lost Tapes (2002)

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Nas "Disciple" [Produced by L.E.S.], Street's Disciple (2004)

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Nas "Just A Moment" [Produced by L.E.S.], Street's Disciple (2004)

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Nas "Remember The Times [Produced by L.E.S.], Street's Disciple (2004)

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Nas "The Makings of a Perfect Bitch" [Produced by L.E.S.], Street's Disciple (2004)

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Nas "Me & You (Dedicated to Destiny)" [Produced by L.E.S.], Street's Disciple (2004)

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Nas "Money Over Bullshit" [Produced by L.E.S.], Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)

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Nas "You Can't Kill Me" [Produced by L.E.S.], Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)

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Nas "Black Republican" [Produced by L.E.S.], Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)

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