I Am... The Autobiography

I Am... The Autobiography

by Nas

CD(Dutch Import)

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On his third release, I AM, Nas bolsters his reputation as one of hip-hop's leading wordsmiths. The 25-year-old has acted in a movie (Hype Williams's "Belly"), but his highly cinematic tales of the street suggest that his real ambition is to write them. Like a prison-yard bard, Nas tells crime stories full of blood and guts, but he balances them with a strong message opposing the plague of violence, as on "Small World" and "Favor for a Favor," which stress desperation as the cause of crime rather than glorify the criminal mindset. Except for "Dr. Knockboot," which casts Nas as a hip-hop columnist for the lovelorn, this rhythmic rapper is unremittingly sober, with a righteousness that would seem sanctimonious if not underpinned by the superb production of the Trackmasters and DJ Premier. Puff, Aaliyah, Scarface, and DMX appear on the recording, but none upstage the leader and, in addition to several songs destined for heavy rotation, I AM possesses a consistency and dynamic savvy that makes it an easy and enjoyable listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2001
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099748941923
catalogNumber: 1166265
Rank: 39380


  1. Hate Me Now
  2. Afterlife
  3. You Won't See Me Tonight
  4. Undying Love
  5. Nas Is Like
  6. NY State Of Mind
  7. Big Things
  8. Money Is My Bitch
  9. Favour For A Favour
  10. Life Is What You Make It
  11. Project Window
  12. We Will Survive

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Nas   Primary Artist

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