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Top Five Nas Songs

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Nas has been in the game for longer than most and established a name for himself one of the best, if not, THE best rapper alive to grace the mic.  So So Active would like to count down the top five Nas songs of his career.

5. I Can – God’s Son


I Can was the song that was stuck on everyone’s brain for weeks to months on end.  The song sampled Für Elise by Beethoven, which gave the song that pep.  The message in this song was about how the youth should stay away from gang banging, drugs, and acting your age, which is rare for hip-hop, especially nowadays.  The song was written at the request of his mother who wanted him to write inspirational for children.  What we got is one of his best songs.





4. Daughters – Life is Good


Nas’ ode to his daughter Destiny makes its way to number four for this list.  Nas speaks about his struggles raising his daughter and even brings up the Twitter scandal that happened in 2012.  Destiny, around this time, tweeted a picture of a box of condoms.  Nas addresses this in his song even going as far as saying;


A box of condoms on her dresser then she Instagrammed it

At this point I realized I ain’t the strictest parent

I’m too loose, I’m too cool with her.


For a three and a half minute song we get a glimpse into the parenting style of Nasir Jones.  Also, he’s not saying his son is less important.




3.  The World is Yours – Illmatic


Illmatic came out that year in 1994 and was deemed an instant classic.  Five singles came from the album but only one stands out.  Despite sharing the name of the blimp in the Brian DePalma remake Scarface and the video resembles the Montana hot tub, the song is about his struggle coming up from the streets dealing with police and street life.  Also, this song showed his lyrical prowess.  Fun Fact: while the album went platinum, Illmatic wasn’t a huge commercial success. For his second album, he took a more commercial approach and succeeded with…




2. If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) [feat. Lauryn Hill] – It Was Written
Don’t front, whenever this song comes on the radio as a throwback joint, you blast the radio and start to sing.


Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassin

Imagine going to court with no trial

Lifestyle cruising blue Bahama waters

No welfare supporters more conscious of the way we raise our daughters

Days are shorter, nights are colder

Feeling like life is over, these snakes strike like a cobra


At the time this was a huge hit and it was because of Lauryn Hill.  The Fugees were the biggest thing back in 1996, a group which Lauryn was apart of.  When fans found out Hill was a guest artist on this song, It Was Written sold well.  Not to mention the song is one for Black Empowerment with lyrics that evoke many ideologies of the Five Percent Nation.



Fun Fact: This line:

It sounds foul but every girl I meet’d go downtown

I’d open every cell in Attica send em to Africa

Doesn’t sit over well with this guy:


1.   One Mic from the album Stillmatic


All Nas needs is one mic and a simple life.  This song came out around the time of the Jay-Z beef.  Nas knew the beef wasn’t going to last any longer, probably because of Ether, and he wanted to evoke what he wants in life. The video even depicts the Soweto 1976 Uprising where in South Africa over 700 people died protesting the introduction of Afrikaans to be used by only black students.  Check out the video below:


Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.