Best Nas Albums


The Top Ten

1 Illmatic

Still best album ever! Classic of a classic.

I mean, this may not be in the greatest sound quality, it is THE BEST ALBUM IN THE HISTORY OF RAP! He has the sickest flow in the song. It's like he is telling you a story! AND MOST OF ALL (UNLIKE RAPPERS THESE DAYS) HE MAKES SENSE! He raps about significant stuff. I feel as if Nas and Tupac are tied for best.

Top 3 couldn't be any more accurate. Illmatic is the greatest Hip Hop album ever, even though there is 10 tracks. Stillmatic and It Was Written are also brilliant. Nas is one of the greatest.

One of the greatest hip hop albums of all time., every track is a classic from ny state of mind to halftime to represent. Everything, from the beats to the subject to the rhymes is perfect.

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2 It Was Written

Has some top tracks like, Gave You Power, Affirmative Action, Nas Is Coming, If I Ruled The World and also The message!

Way ahead of any Nas work except for Illmatic and every song is legendary to listen to

I'm sorry but this is much easier to listen to than illmatic and overall I think this is better (nothing against illmatic by the way - just this is on a different level)

Amazing work from Nas and it is one of the finest albums of all time, so well put together!

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3 Stillmatic

Very underrated. Dope lyricism. Best song is One Mic. It also has Ether which is an amazing diss track. - LilBigRed

Stillmatic should ne ranked #1.

Best Album from him, period.

Nas proved he was still the best in the east coast when he dropped this album jay z will never have anything on him I also think nas is better then biggie

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4 Life Is Good

Absolutely seller album! Behind Illmatic, this album ties for second place with The 18th Letter/Book of Life. Nasty, but classy, this album has everything you need. It has its share of everything good in hip hop: Hardcore, classy, nostalgia (lots of it), love and breakup, dealing with issues, and the party jam (sorta breaks the flow of the album, although I liked it some people hate it). All that makes the pot of Life is good with a flavor of Nas and a touch of soul. 18 classics, each with their own spirit and meaning. Competing with The Lost Tapes, I'd say this album has the best production/beats (even though no DJ Premier). Although we have 4 years yet, I'd say album of the decade, barely edging out Good Kid m.a.a.d City. Deluxe edition is an absolute must.

Top Tracks Include (In no order): Loco-Motive, Accident Murderers, Daughters, You Wouldn't Understand, Back When, The Don, Stay, Cherry Wine (R.I.P Amy Winehouse), Bye Baby, Nasty and Roses (Best Track). - StealthShadow

I never thought a Nas album would ever break the top 3 of Illmatic, Stillmatic and It Was Written. But once again, Nas proves me wrong, I would put this at 3 ahead of It Was Written, this is a very mature album and blows me away, other than Summer On Smash this album is perfect, album of 2012.

It's been a long time I've been fascinated by Nas... Life is good is the illmatic of maturity. He's the greatest lyricist that haven't be killed yet. Amazing production, great arrangements, amazing flows... Nas is good

Definitely refreshing, I've kind of bashed illmatic and one day it's going to get stale, it's constructed of 9 songs and 1 skit. This album is very well put together and he killed this one, best he's done since stillmatic!

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5 God's Son

This album is great from track 1 to the end. Nas proves that he is gods son. This is not as good as illmatic or stillmatic but is still a must buy. Top tracks 1) Made You Look 2) Thugz Mansion 3) I can 4) Mastermind

This album is so underrated. So many emotions, with his mother passing away. The song dance is definitely one of the most emotional nas songs you will ever hear.

Great songs, too top it all off it was one of the most lyrical albums ever made! God's SOn was a huge hit

Every song is just fantastic. Underrated. Should switch places with Stillmatic. - marmalade_skies

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6 The Lost Tapes

Probably the most underrated album of Nas. Personally like this more than It Was Written or Stillmatic.

I think this is the most underrated album by Nas. Some of the tracks on it show that he has more talent than most rappers and I think it was this album that made me recognize him as truly one of the greatest rappers of all time.

It's not my favorite, but I already agree with the top 3, and than I had to think if to vote for this or to God's Son, and I chose this because there is just no way that I Am is better! - EMBIGNASPAC

My favorite Nas album. Lyrically he is off the chain and the beats are perfect. Just perfect. This is a really chill album. Love it.

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7 I Am...

Should be 2, or three on the list. Nas is the goat though! 100%

I Am... is a mad album and should be more praised in the legendary albums of all time! Nas is without a doubt the greatest rapper of all time, it is a masterpiece in Hip Hop

I Am is really good, and the song "Nas is Like" really improves this album. This is not the best rap album of 1999, but Nas is Like is the best rap song of 1999.

Greatest journey through hip hop lyrics and awesome beats! Nas is definitely the greatest rapper of all time

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8 Hip Hop Is Dead

Probably Nas' most underrated album, this is brilliant, not really a bad song, and it's probably top 5 for me. Not outstanding but deserves more praise.

Had more singles than most albums on this list and should be in the top 4 because of its lyrical message and its meaning

Greatest lyrics and has a very good message, saying that Hip hop is dead and its all pop nowadays

It was with definitely Jam so it was frowned upon, but it still had a few good tracks like Playa to Playa and also the great hit Hip Hop Is Dead!

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9 Distant Relatives

It's arguable whether Illmatic is the best or not but I do think that Distant Relatives should be up there. Very underrated album.

This album is one of the view by Nas that can be enjoyed by people who don't even like rap. Not saying his other albums are bad, but I wouldn't feel weird playing this around my friends who hate rap music.

Love this album! It just preaches such an amazing message. Its literally like philosophy! Seriously underrated!

Best collaboration I've heard ever. I love Nas and Damian Marley!

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10 Untitled

A great album way ahead of its time and should be cherished as one of Nas' finest work!

His latest album which is so underrated. Hero is a mad song and should be played on the radio! Some great appearances by other pop artists as well!

So underrated and his latest album, has some great appearances from pop artists, rappers etc

Nas' most political album. Gets a little more hate than it deserves. - marmalade_skies

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The Contenders

11 Street's Disciple

Street's Disciple is Nas' most slept on album, and his best since Illmatic. Like his debut, it features a cohesive and uncompromising artistic vision, which he started on God's Son. The elements that are carried over from God's Son are refined, and he expresses far greater maturity on it.

Has gotten less media attention than his other albums, therefore Street's Disciple is often overlooked/forgotten definitely deserves to be number 5.

I think I stopped playing this album once I heard the line "I treat the nipples like pimples to get the puss, get it? ". So much cringe. - marmalade_skies

13th place? I'm not suprised because every album is great by nas

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12 Nasir

An underrated album. Classic. People will appreciate it over time

It is a underrated great album

I have enjoyed listening to NASIR, a new but similar kind of Nas with a mellow mood. All 7 tracks are well written and the two standouts for me were 'Adam and Eve' ft. The-Dream and 'Cops Shot the Kid' ft. Kanye West (who prodoced the album). This album shows that after a wait of 6 years since 'Life Is Good', Nas has still got it.
"Escobar season begins." - ParasN2000

13 The Firm: The Album
14 The Lost Tapes 2

Great comeback?

Lost Freestyle and Beautiful Life are lit. The whole production tied with the album is fye

15 Nastradamus

Nas usually never puts albums out in the same year, but in 1999 he released this album and I Am and I think it shows why you shouldn't rush to release albums don't get me wrong there is a couple of good songs but no truly classic songs. - germshep24

His worst album, an an identity crisis which he thankfully recovered from. The song Big Girl features Nas going full pedophile. - marmalade_skies

The most disappointing, weak rhymed album by the best artist, this album sucks, no wonder it has 0% of voters, at only place no.15

Nas' evolution from a gifted MC to a VISIONARY POET began with the "I AM..." album, and was fully realized on "NASTRADAMUS". With that said, this album is unequivocally Nas' most UNDERRATED and UNDERAPPRECIATED work. I could easily place this album in Nas' top 5, as well as being one of the greatest albums ever created.

16 QB's Finest
17 Illmatic XX

Not only does it obtain all the tracks on illmatic wjth remixs but some ill freestyles - kingbrooks

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