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NAS – King’s Disease II

NAS – King’s Disease II
Genre
Hip Hop
Release date
August 06 2021
Artist
NAS
NAS – King’s Disease II
August 06 2021 | Hip Hop

King’s Disease II is the 14th[1] studio album by American rapper Nas. It was released on August 6, 2021, through Mass Appeal Records and marketed by The Orchard. Serving as a sequel to his 2020 album King’s Disease, it features guest appearances from Eminem, EPMD, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, YG, Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Blxst, and Hit-Boy. As with the previous record, it was executive produced by Nas and Hit-Boy.

The album received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its storytelling and cohesive production, and commended featured verses from Lauryn Hill and Eminem.

Background
Nas announced the album along with its title, cover art, and release date on July 29, 2021. He shared the tracklist on August 3, 2021. The first single off the album is “Rare”, released with a music video directed by Savannah Setten.

Critical reception
King’s Disease II was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 86, based on 10 reviews. Will Lavin of NME wrote that “Nas appears more focused than ever before”, complimenting his “emotional candour” and comfortability over contemporary trap production. For The Independent, Annabel Nugent stated that Kings Disease II “finds Nas where he has always been – comfortable in himself and at ease with confronting his past”, noting the chemistry between Nas and Hit-Boy’s production. Nugent concluded: “The features lend themselves well to a record that captures nostalgia without devolving into anachronism or retrograde – a fine line that Nas is well-versed in toeing.”

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Fred Thomas claimed “King’s Disease II bests its predecessor. Hit-Boy takes on the production once more, but instead of relying mainly on throwback beats and wistful nostalgia, this installment of the series is darker, moodier, and more direct. Hit-Boy’s beats are often tense and atmospheric, giving the album a cinematic feel as Nas leans harder into storytelling with his lyricism. He still spends time examining the past, but it’s more of a history lesson than a fond remembrance.” In Exclaim!, Luke Fox mentioned that “King Nas serves up another reminder that he’s no pretender to the throne. The wild ambition has just evolved into calculated wisdom.” Concluding the review for Line of Best Fit, Chase McMullen noted that “Nas has crafted an album designated the only would it could be to escape such criticism: an impenetrable one. There’s not an ounce of fat, not a wasted moment, not a single beat that doesn’t suit its purpose to the letter. It’s a monolithic testament to a rapper tired of being treated as both the victor and the underdog at once. It’s undeniably clear just which one he is here. King’s Disease II is a victory lap that nonetheless never lets up its pace.”

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