Yes, it's that time of year when record companies throw together haphazard best-of albums that don't accurately reflect that artist's hits, never mind their body of work. In order of appearance, we open with Surviving The Times, a compelling new song that chronicles Nasty Nas's early hiphop days over a smart Nipsey Russell sample from The Wiz.
But who in their right minds would consider his recent soundtrack song Less Than An Hour a hit? It's not bad, but no one says, "Oh yeah, Nas, he did the theme from Rush Hour 3 right? " Then it gets into four songs from his front-to-back classic debut, Illmatic (still available in stores).
Street Dreams, the remix featuring R. Kelly? Why are you doing this to me? The original is about eleven times better. I also take issue with the Sopranos-sampling Got Ur Self A , a very of-the-moment kind of thing. And where is The Message? Nas Is Like ? Of course, nothing from his post-Def Jam signing is here, either.