Nas' "I Am..." was the first of two album released by Nasir Jones in 1999, but the DJ Premier produced "Nas Is Like" made a huge impression. Almost a decade since "Live at the Barbeque," Nasir Jones just seemed to keep getting better.
"Nas is like... sex to a nympho, but nothin sweet
I'm like beef, bustin heat through your windows
I'm like a street sweeper, greenleaf reaper
Like Greeks in Egypt, learnin somethin deep from they teachers
I'm like crime, like your nine, your man you would die for
Always got you, I'm like Pop Duke you would cry for
I'm like a whole lot of loot, I'm like crisp money
Corporate accounts from a rich company
I'm like ecstasy for ladies, I'm like all races
combined in one man; like the '99 summer jam
Bulletproof Hummer man
I'm like being locked down around new faces, and none of em fam
I'm the feelin of a millionaire spendin a hundred grand
I'm a poor man's dream, a thug poet
Live it, and I write down and I watch it blow up
Y'all know what I'm like, y'all play it your system every night"
1.) Nas - "Nas Is Like"
2.) The Roots - "The Next Movement"
3.) Pharoahe Monch - "Simon Says"
4.) Common f/ Sadat X, Talib Kweli - "One-Nine-Nine-Nine"
5.) Dr. Dre f/ Snoop Dogg - "Still D.R.E."
6.) Eminem - "My Name Is"
7.) Mos Def - "Ms. Fat Booty"
8.) Gang Starr - "Full Clip"
9.) Slick Rick f/ OutKast - "Street Talkin'"
10.) The High & Mighty f/ Mad Skillz, Mos Def - "B-Boy Document '99"
11.) Q-Tip - "Vivrant Thing"
12.) EPMD - "Symphony 2000"
13.) Ol' Dirty Bastard f/ Kelis - "Got Your Money"
14.) OutKast f/ Slick Rick - "Da Art of Storytellin'"