Proving that hip-hop needs to seriously step its game up, “The Don,” the newest release from Nas‘ tenth studio album Life Is Good (iTunes / Amazon), exploded onto the internet tonight. Produced by Salaam Remi, Da Internz and the late Heavy D, “The Don” is raw energy, pure New York City mixed with subtle waves of reggae between the sirens.
The beat samples dancehall pioneer Super Cat, who proclaims “New York girls dem are bad over we!” There’s even about 9 seconds at the 2:30 mark that reminds me of classic ’90s R&B.
Not that it needs to be said, but the 21-year veteran absolutely destroys “The Don,” a track that is sure to take over the city this Spring/Summer.
Last Fall, Nas released the first single/video from Life is Good entitled “Nasty,” which was listed at #37 on Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 50 Best Singles of 2011 and appears on the soundtrack for the 2012 film Project X.
As of now, confirmed collaborations for the album include fellow hip-hop legend AZ—who hasn’t worked with Nas since 2004, as well as Jay Electronica and OFWGKTA members Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats.
Listen to “The Don”