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“One Love” or “One Mic” – Chose One as Your Favorite Nas Track

If memory serves me correctly, I was doing research for an article on Nas or Queens when the idea hit me. I was searching YouTube for video clips and started to type in “Nas One…” and stopped as the auto-fill popped up and there was “One Love” and “One Mic” listed back to back as the first and second options.

As I stared at the two song titles I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to hear first. Both tracks are classic for different reasons. “One Love” is nostalgic Nas at the start of his career and masterfully crafted letter to his boys wylin’ on the Island over a melodic Q-Tip track. “One Mic” is a completely different experience. Here is reflective Nas droppin’ jewels about the ills of the world over a unique track that starts off slow and brooding before crescendoing into a aural collision of rapid-fire drums, piano keys and police sirens, courtesy of Nasir himself.

Coincidentally, “One Love” appeared on Illmatic as track 7 and “One Mic” was on Stillmatic, also as track 7.

Both songs were popular singles and equal highlights in the Queensbridge MC’s massive catalog, but the question on my mind was; which was the better of the two? That’s not to say that “One Love” and “One Mic” are my personal picks for best Nas songs ever, but paralleling these similarly-titled tracks makes for an interesting debate.

Here’s a visual refresher of both tracks’ musical potency:



Now that you’ve gone back down memory lane, I want to know which “One” you’d pick as your favorite. —Anslem “I’m Not Jewish” Samuel

LATE PASS: Coincidentally, today is also Nasir Jones’ birthday. Salute to God’s Son. Guess this post was fated.


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