Nas’ 11th studio album, Nasir, was unveiled at a listening party under the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday (June 14). Featuring seven tracks and Kanye West in the role of executive producer, the Illmatic legend’s follow-up to 2012’s Life Is Good is already getting rave reviews on Twitter.
The word “classic” is getting thrown around like rice 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
Kanye gave Nas the best beats of his life #NASIR
— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) June 15, 2018
Nas on kanye beats is truly a beautiful thing pic.twitter.com/mH4DTJ3auF
— Reuben (@traplord1lung) June 15, 2018
— L E ♠️ N E L (@XMane305) 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
NAS X Pryor X Slick Rick X Ye #NASIR
— Tony R Sanders (@TonyRSanders) June 15, 2018
— David Da Barber™ (@daviddabarb3r) June 15, 2018
However, not everyone was feeling Nasir. In light of a recent interview Nas’ ex-wife Kelis did with Hollywood Unlocked, many people chose to boycott the album.
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.
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) 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 THOT🦄 (@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
— KevinNoel (@KevinNoel) June 15, 2018