NAS Stillimatic (Sony) Rating: NNN
The war of words between Nas and Jay-Z continues on Stillimatic (out Tuesday) as Queensbridge killer Nas rips the Jigga apart with a dis savagery not heard since the LL Cool J vs. Cannibus war. Although Nas tries to confine his attacks to the track Ether, the battle vibe sets the tone for the entire disc. So while the lyrically dense Stillimatic reveals a more aggressive Nas, the extended narratives for which he's admired have been largely replaced by dull self-aggrandizement. Can't wait for the Jay-Z response.