by Nas


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The Essential Nas, released in August 2013, followed the rather flawed Greatest Hits (November 2007) and slightly less problematic Playlist: The Very Best of Nas (January 2013) as the third U.S. Nas anthology. A 30-track, two-disc set, The Essential Nas goes significantly deeper and lacks one major cut: It Was Written highlight "If I Ruled the World." The other 13 songs included on Playlist are here, along with deeper cuts from all but one of Nas' albums. (2008's Nas is shut out.) 1994's Illmatic, represented with four selections, is essential for anyone with the slightest amount of interest, and this complements that classic rather well since there are no other five-star releases in Nas' catalog. Columbia/Legacy would have been smart to include Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque" and MC Serch's "Back to the Grill," '91/'92 posse cuts on which a then-teenaged Nas is featured; perhaps licensing obstacles prevented their presence. Ego Trip's Gabe Alvarez contributes an excellent essay filled with knowledge, context, and insightful analysis about this brilliant and occasionally baffling MC. [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837546720
catalogNumber: 375467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist
DJ Kid Capri   scratching

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Jimmy Heath   Composer
Rich Nice   Composer
Brian Bennett   Composer
Gary Byrd   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Olu Dara   Composer
Nas   Producer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Cleveland Horne   Composer
Doug Ingle   Composer
Large Professor   Producer
Jerry Lordan   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Q-Tip   Producer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer
Eugene Grey   Composer
West   Composer,Producer
Pete Rock   Producer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Havoc   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Poke   Producer
Chucky Thompson   Composer,Producer
L.E.S.   Composer,Producer
Anthony Cutajar   Cover Photo
Alchemist   Producer
Ez Elpee   Producer
LeShan Lewis   Composer
Michelle Bell   Composer
Roy Hammond   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Tone   Producer
D. Moet   Producer
Rob Spragg   Composer
Jake Black   Composer
Alicia Keys   Composer,Producer
Pretty Boy   Producer
Jabari Jones   Composer
Megahertz   Composer
Gabriel Alvarez   Liner Notes
Precision   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Gavin Marchand   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
David A. Stewart   Composer
Roy Handy   Composer
William Paul Mitchell   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Lamont Porter   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman   Composer
Salaam Gibbs   Composer
Anthony Saleh   Management
No Id   Producer
Michael Epps   Composer
Larry Gates   Composer
Tommie Spearman   Composer
Inc. Hill   Producer

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