Complex: The 50 Best Nas Verses
Whether you were there from Live at the BBQ or jumped on board with Illmatic, whether you were first exposed when Oochie Wally hit radio or when he beefed with Jay-Z, Nas has always been known first and foremost as a lyricist.
"He's a rapper with—and this is no slight—a pretty narrow range of subjects. The true variety and inspired storytelling he's managed to wring from such a thin band of topics (death, violence, success) is no small feat. He's adept at navigating the relationship between the concrete and the spiritual, the streets and psychology, the real and the mythological. It's to his credit that, even when telling a story, it has a gritty, hard-nosed realism that few peers can match."
BY: LEILA ORTIZ