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the LIST: Top 10 Nas Tracks, All-Time

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Updated: November 16, 2007



You know I can’t do a Jay-Z top 10 without doing a Nas top 10

Damn, this list was hard to do. And I’m not even sure that I’m satisfied with the one I put together. I had to leave off songs like Project Windows, These Are Our Heroes, Just A Moment, Revolutionary Warfare, Street Dreams, Still Dreaming, Where Are They Now?, I Gave You Power, Poppa Was A Playa, Rewind, Got Ur Self A…, Hate Me Now, and pretty much any track from Illmatic not listed.

I used to be in the middle of an argument, between my boy Adam and his brother Malcolm, about who was better…Jay-Z or Nas. At first, I was with Adam on the Jay-Z side of the debate. So look, I love Jay and all that, but after Hip Hop Is Dead (Nas’ best album since his best and first, Illmatic) and the preceding Street’s Disciple, compared to Kingdom Come (wack according to the standards Hova set for himself, but some bangers nonetheless)…I’ve had to throw my hat into Nas’ corner of the ring. Truthfully, it’s a wash between Jay-Z and Nas in terms of lyrical skills. But the whole package? Content, lyrics, flow, topic…..Nas, in my opinion, takes the crown. Hands down. So, here we go…

First, the last 5 that didn’t make the cut:

15. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
album: Illmatic, year: 1994, producer: Large Professor

14. Not Going Back ft. Kelis
album: Hip Hop Is Dead, year: 2006, producer: StarGate

13. The Message
album: It Was Written, year: 1996, producer: Poke & Tone

12. Made You Look
album: God’s Son, year: 2002, producer: Salaam “The Chameleon” Remi

11. We Will Survive
album: I Am…, year: 1999, producer: TrackMasters & Jamal Edgerten

And now the Top 10…..

10. U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography of Rakim)
album: Street’s Disciple, year: 2004, producer: Nas

9. One Mic
album: Stillmatic, year: 2001, producer: Nas & Chuck Thompson

8. Blunt Ashes
album: Hip Hop Is Dead, year: 2006, producer: Chris Webber

7. War ft. Keon Bryce
album: Street’s Disciple, year: 2004, producer: Salaam “The Chameleon” Remi

6. N.Y. State of Mind
album: Illmatic, year: 1994, producer: DJ Premier

5. Get Down
album: God’s Son, year: 2002, producer: Nas & Salaam “The Chameleon” Remi

4. One Time 4 Your Mind
album: Illmatic, year: 1994, producer: Large Professor

3. The World Is Yours
album: Illmatic, year: 1994, producer: Pete Rock

2. One Love
album: Illmatic, year: 1994, producer: Q-Tip

1. Ether
album: Stillmatic, year: 2001, producer: Ron Browz

As a bonus, here is the top 7 tracks of other artists whose songs include the skills of Nasty Nas as a guest.

7. In Between Us – Scarface
album: The Fix, year: 2002, producer: Scarface

6. It’s Mine – Mobb Deep
album: Murda Muzik, year: 1999, producer: Havoc

5. Some of ‘Em – Devin the Dude, also ft. Xzibit
album: Just Trying Ta Live, year: 2002, producer: T-Mix

4. Mo Money, Mo Murder – AZ
album: Doe or Die, year: 1995, producer: DR Period

3. Stay Chisel – Large Professor
album: 1st Class, year: 2002, producer: Large Professor

2. We Major – Kanye West, also ft. Really Doe
album: Late Registration, year: 2005, producer: Kanye West, Warryn “Baby Dubb” Campbell & Jon Brion

1. Verbal Intercourse – Raekwon, also ft. Ghostface Killah
album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, year: 1995, producer: RZA

Thoughts? Comments? Your Top 10? And yo, speaking of….what are white people supposed to call Nas’ new album, scheduled to come out December 11, 2007?



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