We live in an instant culture. These days, instead of standing in line to cop our favorite artists’ album, we listen to the leak online. The music industry has been feeling the growing pains. These days, going multi-platinum is rare. Unlike back in the day when albums went double platinum on the regular, going gold is once again seen as success. But every now and then an album comes along that grabs folks’ attention and forces them to plunk down their hard-earned cash.
Although I love music, I haven’t purchased many albums lately. I usually save my cash for up-and-coming artists who may not get a second shot at a project if they don’t move units. But big artists? I’ll probably add them to my Spotify playlist or, *shhhhh* download them … illegally. But there’s one album I’m buying when it hits stores tomorrow: Nas’ Life Is Good.
It’s no secret; I’m a huge Nas fan. Illmatic is one of the reasons I’m a writer today, and his artistry has continued to amaze me throughout the years. But I’m not a blind stan, I understand Nasir has had a few lyrical missteps over the years (and let’s not get into that whole Gwyneth Paltrow thing), but Life Is Good is an amazingly consistent and sonically beautiful album. From bass-heavy songs like “The Don” to more introspective tunes like “Stay” and “Bye Baby,” Nas delivered another classic album.