On this day, November 30, in hip-hop history…
2004: After 10 years strong in the rap game, Nas had already cemented his place as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. While Nas’ career accomplishments remained undisputed, one of the few goals that he had not attempted yet was the making of a double album as many of his contemporaries had already done. Enter Street’s Disciple, Nas sprawling, sometimes brilliant, sometimes indulgent, double disc he released in November 2004.
Released during his impending engagement with R&B singer Kelis, Street’s Disciple finds Nas in an experimental phase of his career, attempting an album that features a broad range of artistic choice. One moment, the album features gritty, hard-edged street rap like “Thief’s Theme” that Nas’ specialized in, while at other times, the album went sentimental including a trilogy of songs (“Getting Married”/”The Makings Of A Perfect Bitch”/”No One Else In The Room”) dedicated to his ex-wife Kelis. One of the album’s most brilliant moments was “Bridging The Gap,” a bluesy, old school track he performed with his father, jazz musician Olu Dara, that became the album’s most memorable song.
Street’s Disciple continued Nas’ commercial dominance landing the Queensbridge rapper his seventh consecutive platinum record and debuting at the Billboard charts at No. 5. A decade after his debut, Nas’ double album was yet another impressive achievement for God’s Son in a historic career.