Queensbridge, NY – Nas’ new album, Nasir, is upon us. To mark the occasion, the Queens legend held a waterfront listening party for the project on Thursday night (June 14) in Queensbridge, New York.
Hosted by Mass Appeal, which is co-owned by the Illmatic mastermind, the event was scheduled to be livestreamed at 9 p.m. EST on the imprint’s YouTube channel but it stopped working right as it was supposed to begin.
After a shaky start, Nasir finally started playing, but it was riddled with technical difficulties.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) June 14, 2018
Nonetheless, Nasir has finally arrived. Featuring seven tracks and Kanye West in the role of executive producer, Nas’ 11th studio album is already getting rave reviews on Twitter. The word “classic” is getting thrown around like free drinks at a wedding.
Several Twitter users were impressed by the Slick Rick and Richard Pryor samples on “Cops” and praised ‘Ye’s production skills.
Nas album is hard!!!!!!
— TERMANOLOGY (@TermanologyST) June 15, 2018
#NASIR IS NAS GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME !!
— Black Genius (@Layne__w) June 15, 2018
Khaled called me when I was in album mode
So I put it on hold for the Major Key
My album done, niggas, wait and see
Classic shit, timeless, forever, iconic – Nas#Nasir #Nas #NASALBUMDONE #KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/urC1DL5vvE
— Rodney (@DJTriumph) June 15, 2018
— will (@willxtrill) June 15, 2018
Nas on kanye beats is truly a beautiful thing pic.twitter.com/mH4DTJ3auF
— Reuben (@traplord1lung) June 15, 2018
Nas and Kanye snapping with this Slick Rick sample too “The Cops Shot The Kid” 🔥 #Nasir
— Gowhere You Love (@gowhereyoulove) June 15, 2018
— Old Boy Never Broke Again (@BronxSaint) June 15, 2018
— Ebong Eka (@ebongeka) June 15, 2018
— Kanye Source (@KanyeSource) June 15, 2018
NAS X Pryor X Slick Rick X Ye #NASIR
— Tony R Sanders (@TonyRSanders) June 15, 2018
However, not everyone was feeling Nasir. In light of recent interview Nas’ ex-wife Kelis did with Hollywood Unlocked, many people criticized Nas and those supporting him.
During the interview, the “Milkshake” singer accused Nas of being a physically abusive alcoholic during their marriage. The two are currently embroiled in a contentious custody battle over their 8-year-old son Knight.
#Nasir beat his wife. So that’s cool. I’d love to see him address this matter on this new album. Oh, also, fuck Kanye. Glad to be here to say all these things right now as if I have anything to promote. I don’t. What a time to be alive.
— Sage Francis (@SageFrancis) June 15, 2018
— Big Bob (@BigBackBob) June 15, 2018
I was a child when I started listening to Nasir Jones, the chipped-tooth kid from Queens with the baby face and wise words. This is the first time he dropped an album and I’m not scrambling to throw all my support behind it. Between Kanye and Kelis’s interview, I’m just…
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) June 15, 2018
we don’t claim nasir’s unstable ass after what Kelis revealed did to her (after nicki ditched his ass in first place😂)
— BIRTHDAY WHORE🦄 (@niccoagustin__) May 23, 2018
I’m guilty of not paying enough attention to this but it’s important to address this on the eve of Nas’ new album. Silence since Kelis’ interview is disturbing and disappointing. It needs to be acknowledged and addressed by @Nas and fans. Until then no illmatic, no NASIR. #NASIR
— illTweets (@illTweets) June 15, 2018