Los Angeles Times
Although the Jay-Z feud was still going, Nas left the spotlight for a while to take care of his ailing mother. After she passed in 2002, Nas released "God's Son," which is often considered his most personal work as it addresses his feud with Jay-Z and his experiences with his mother. The Times said of the album: "Nas emerges here as a legitimate rap voice without the aid of a slew of A-list guests or overtly commercial cuts. For anyone doubting rap's relevance, 'God's Son' is a reason to get excited about hip-hop again."