Nas' latest release, 'Life Is Good,' shows the MC can still weave intricate street narratives after more than 15 years in the business. From his issues with the IRS to fatherhood, "Life Is Good" is probably Nas' most personal album since "God's Son." Most notably, the album talks about his divorce with avant-garde R&B singer Kelis on the album closer "Bye Baby." Again, linking up with longtime collaborator Salaam Remi and veteran hip-hop producer No I.D., "Life Is Good" proved that Nas' tenure in the genre isn't all for naught. Times music critic Randall Roberts said, "Nas not only still has it, but has vast quantities of it. Luckily for us, he's still inspired by the need to share -- even the moments when life isn't all that great."
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