Today In Hip-Hop: Nas Releases ‘God’s Son’

On this day, December 17, in hip-hop history…

God'sSon Nas

2002: After making a near classic album in Stillmatic (2001) the following year was a real roller coaster ride for Nas. His mother would die from breast cancer in Nasir’s arm in April 2002. This happen while he was in a heated rap feud with prominent New York City rapper Jay Z. Through all this, Nas would create a solid, somber album which he discussed religion, violence, and his own emotional experiences when he released God’s Son in December 2002.

God’s Son finds the Queensbridge native dedicating much of the album to his mother, especially “Dance” which has Olu Dara, Nas’s father, playing the cornet as a tribute. “Last Real Nigga Alive” showcases Nas’ masterful storytelling ability while “Warrior Song,”  which features Alicia Keys, we once again feel the pain of loss that saturates the album. Self-examination is another major theme on this album, especially with commercially successfully track “I Can” who Salaam Remi sampled Beethoven’s classic “Für Elise” for the beat. Salaam Remi also produced “Made You Look,” the bone-shattering lyrical beast that became Nas’ second most successful single on God’s Son reaching #32 on the Billboard Hot 100

God’s Son marked the return of Nasty Nas and shredded any doubt of his greatness. The album was very open and filled with sorrow, yet street savvy and artistic. Nas proved that he is a living legend and should be placed with the greats

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  • Bella Elizabeth

    U mean, the 13th…

    • Manny

      Came out Dec. 17 2002, wikipedia is wrong :(

      • Bella Elizabeth

        I didn’t go by Wikipedia..I went by facts–it was supposed to be released on the 17th, but Columbia bumped it up to the 13th..It came out on a Friday..I remember

        • mrredz

          @BellaElizabeth:disqus is right I remember when I bought it and also on the Made You Look remix Nas says “Friday the 13 my CD drop I rhyme to more bass than easy rock Im Jason”

          • June

            Stillmatic is classic at that XXL gave it an XXL and source gave it 5 mics