Art Vandelay wrote:It was me that gave up on Nas, not DK. And yes, that's exactly when I did so, after Nastradamus. I've heard a few tracks from some of his albums since then, but he could release the best album of all time at this point and I wouldn't buy it.
I discard Nastradamus because that was a travesty to Nas, but it was made out of mostly bootlegged stuff. If you remember, Art, a lot of the "I am..." tracks got leaked before it was released, and so Nastradamus was just a throw-together of tracks. And yes, it was pretty bad.
Stillmatic, God's Son, Street's Disciple, & Lost Tapes are classic, very good, good, and good albums, even for Nas's standards. I mean, he made (IMO) three 5-mic albums (Illmatic, Stillmatic, and It Was Written), and other than Nastradamus Lost Tapes is his worst stuff, and it's still better than a LOT of people's work (I'd give it 3.5 mics)
For me it goes:
2.It Was Written
3t.Death of Escobar (a bootleg from 2002, I think... maybe 2001)
Best-case the new album is around Stillmatic, worst-case it's around I am.