A wise man once said, "good things come to those who wait," and hip-hop fans have waited four long years for Nas' Life Is Good album, and damnit, it was well worth it.
Like most great albums, Life Is Good catches the listener literally from the first 30 seconds of "No Introduction."
Chronicling his personal struggles, the woes of fatherhood, and the darkness of divorce, Nas' Life Is Good is nothing short of a tell-all on wax.
Nas allows himself to become a vetted public figure who isn't obstructed by the glitzy cover ups celebrity often provides.
With lines like, "I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/ but my life been good since I starting finding peace," Nas solidifies the notion that his introspective examination of himself is one that's no longer jaded by mortal insecurities.
Better than any New York Times Bestseller I've read in the past few months, Nas' Life Is Good is as vivid and entrancing as the most pleasant place of reverie.
The art of storytelling is a complex one.
The dilemma of sharing too little can be just as suffocating as sharing too much, and like the true storyteller he is, Nas finds the words to carefully capture and guide the listener through his unyielding life.
Life Is Good is about trials and tribulations, tragedy and triumph, and all the ironies life can deliver in only a few short years.
Besides "Summer On Smash," superficial tracks boasting about bitches and riches are thankfully buried somewhere in the unreleased folder on Nas' hard drive.
Life Is Good is the epitome of a classic hip-hop album.
From the street reporting, personal narrative, and hard-hitting production filled with elements of symphonies and celestial melodies, to the artistry and its complete delivery of thought-provoking content, in it's purest form, Life Is Good is exactly what the culture needed - a breath of fresh air.
Thank you Nas, because when your life is good, our hip-hop is good.
Brittany Lewis is the Music Editor at GlobalGrind and a Howard University Alumna. Brittany considers herself seasoned on all the pop culture ish that matters. Follow her on Twitter @Buttercup_B.