Complex Magazine’s Top 100 Nas Songs.

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He
burst onto the scene heralded as the Second Coming of Rakim, a street’s
disciple anointed hip-hop’s chosen one, an MC destined for greatness. Nas,
of course, proved to be mere mortal, a godly lyricist from the
Queensbridge projects who flirted with mass appeal with mixed results:
recording numerous hits and selling millions of albums while also going
through a Jekyll and Hyde period, seeing his supergroup, The Firm, fail
to live up to expectations and getting into squabbles with some of his
rapping friends. But the entire transformation from Nasty Nas to Escobar
to Nastradamus back to Nas only strengthened one of the most respected
rap artists in the game, someone who even at his lowest creative point
has always been far above the average rapper.

His determination to be recognized as the best MC dead or alive
motivated him through arguably hip-hop’s most epic verbal war (which the
public declared he won), and his fearless opinions and ideas have
caused controversy in an age when not much is shocking anymore. With the
recent announcement that he’s working on his 10th solo album as well as
an album with Mobb Deep, Complex explores his vast and exceptional collection to choose The 100 Best Nas Songs.

Written by Gabriel Alvarez of @egotripland

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