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'Life is Good' shows Nas is stuck in past

Rapper Nas performs during the 2012 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 11.

Story highlights

  • "Life is Good" is Nas's 10th album.
  • Nas went through a divorce from singer Kelis in 2010.
  • The album "Illmatic" was Nas's debut in 1994, and since he's had diminishing returns.

As Tony Soprano once said, '''Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation.''

Sadly, onetime wunderkind Nas falls into that trap on his 10th album.

Given his bitter 2010 divorce from Kelis (that's her wedding dress on the cover), the millions he owes in back taxes, and the diminishing returns since his game-changing 1994 debut, "Illmatic," it's no wonder he'd rather live in the past. Too many tracks here recount his salad days in the era ''before Air Jordans.'' Nas and Amy Winehouse's 'Cherry Wine'

Still, "Life Is Good's" better moments, like the languid Amy Winehouse collab ''Cherry Wine,'' manage to give his classics a run for their money — even if that money's going straight to the IRS anyway. B-

Best tracks

Cherry Wine

The Don

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