Roses (Album Version (Edited))
Label: Def Jam Recordings
On the cover for Life is Good, Nas drapes a green dress on his knee -- the same dress his ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding. Save for "Bye Baby," the album isn't about her; instead, he addresses how the world perceives him. He notes his disdain for interviews on "Back When," and how some believe he "overthinks the songs he writing," and rues his teenage daughter's Twitter account on the lovely "Daughters." The melodic production from Salaam Remi and No I.D. is strong yet restrained; it leaves space for Nas' torrents of rhymes, the key to his status as one of hip-hop's best rappers.