The Lost Tapes is a compilation album by American rapper Nas. It was released on September 23,by Ill Will Records and Columbia Recordswho wanted to capitalize on what was seen in hip hop music as Nas' artistic comeback the year before. The album compiles previously unreleased tracks that were discarded from recording sessions for Nas' previous studio albums, I Am It features production by L.
With low-key, sparse sounds and observational lyrics about urban life, the songs are autobiographical and nostalgic, departing from the thug persona of Nas' previous records. Released with little promotion, The Lost Tapes debuted at number 10 on the Billboardselling over 70, copies in its first week.
It was met with widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as Nas' best record since his debut album Illmatic. A second volume of previously unreleased songs was planned before Nas had Abdominal Emanation - Pathologist - Anatomically!
Autopsically! Decompositionally! Eschatologically! with Def Jam Recordings inbut the project was delayed because of issues with his record label; The Lost Tapes 2 was eventually released on July 19, InNas made an artistic comeback with his fifth album Stillmatic and his highly publicized feud with rapper Jay-Z. The Lost Tapes compiles previously unreleased tracks that Nas recorded during to in the sessions for both his album I Am The album was packaged with a booklet featuring artwork by Chris "C-Money" Feldman and photography by Bimini Run - Dick Wilson With Jimmy Carroll - Bimini Run Black, along with liner notes displaying the slogan "No cameos.
No hype. The Lost Tapes features introspective lyrics and themes of urban lifesociologyand despair. According to . - Jean Louis - Jean Louis (File, Album) ChristgauThe Lost Tapes abandons the thug persona of Nas' previous work in favor of more sensitive, nostalgic, and autobiographical lyrics. Farber took note of "a cinematic tale of self-destruction in 'Drunk by Myself,' and a compelling autobiography narrated from the womb in 'Fetus.
The opening track "Doo Rags" contemplates Nas' youth and society's cyclical nature. Nas crafts a full picture of the past, looking at the infidelity and fights from both parents' perspectives. An untitled hidden track follows "Poppa Was a Playa" and has Nas rapping from the perspective of his prenatal self.
Of Nas' narrative, Bradley states, "By endowing the insensible with voice, he aspires to an expressive level that transcends speaking for oneself, or of oneself, to one that self-consciously constructs itself as an artist giving shape to that which lacks coherence. The Lost Tapes was met with widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 12 reviews.
ClubNathan Rabin deemed it a masterpiece whose assorted tracks cohered as well as any of Nas' official U Gotta Love It (Clean Version) - Nas - The Lost Tapes - Limited Edition Mixshow Sampler albums while reaffirming his reputation as "rap music's poet laureate of urban despair".
Hill called it a "masterfully arranged" and "necessary addition to the collection of any hip-hop fan". In a retrospective review, AllMusic editor John Bush recommended The Lost Tapes to "hip-hop fans who want to hear some great rhyming with no added features" and commented that tracks such as "Doo Rags", "No Idea's Original", and "Black Zombie" "stand up to anything Nas has recorded since the original Illmatic.
A follow-up compilation, The Lost Tapes II U Gotta Love It (Clean Version) - Nas - The Lost Tapes - Limited Edition Mixshow Sampler , was originally intended to be released on December 16,and include unreleased recordings, remixes, and freestyle tracks.
So I've got enough actually, for a Lost Tapes 2 and 3 by now. So I've just got to set it up, put them together — 12 songs for one album, 12 songs for another album, and figure it out. That's all it takes. On June 11,Nas shared a promotional video via his Instagram account, announcing the release of The Lost Tapes 2 in the near future. Notes . Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.
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