Song Analysis: Life Is Good

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Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good is arguably one of his best releases in years. One standout record, a song called "Daughters," was inspired by an intimately personal aspect of the rapper's life, his eldest child Destiny.

Nas is nominated for 4 Awards this year including Best Rap Album for 2012's Critically acclaimed, Life Is Good! Don't forget to tune in to Music's Biggest Night on February 10, 2013 at 8/7c to CBS

Organizers for the annual Governors Ball music festival announced the event's 2013 lineup on Tuesday. Kanye West and the Kings of Leon, and another yet-to-be-announced act are this year's headliners. For the first time in its three-year history, the festival will span across three days as opposed to two, taking over Randall's Island
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and Salaam Remi, the 39-year-old rap vet laid out the slow decay of his marriage to singer Kelis in poetic detail on Life Is Good. But it wasn't just a collection of breakup songs — the New York rapper also took a long look at his early years, a precocious kid coming up in the Queensbridge housing project during the Reagan '80s. He did this over tracks that managed to sound fresh by dipping one Timberland-clad foot in a bygone era while keeping the other firmly planted in the iTunes age. Released in July, the confessional record grabbed the peak position on the Billboard 200 in its debut, but posted just under 150,000 copies, leading some, including MTV News' own Rob Markman, to cry foul, arguing that God's Son deserved a better first week. Dissenters, though, insisted it was too soon to set the album alongside his firmly classic debut, Illmatic. Still, Nas isn't stressed over how history will judge Life Is Good. In fact, he was pretty philosophical about it. "If it's not a classic, that's cool," he said. "That means there's a different title for it that is a different meaning for the record. It wasn't a worldwide classic or a nationwide classic or a 'hood classic but it ... was important and it was incredible. You don't have to always be classic: You can be incredible, you can be meaningful or needed. "You can be a much-needed album, you know what I mean?" SOURCE: MTV

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