Nas – Death Row East
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American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas tackles the subject of his complex relationship with 2Pac and Suge Knight’s looming shadow on the “King’s Disease II” storytelling highlight “Death Row East” produced by Nas himself & Hit-boy.
Nas is easily one of the greatest storytellers in hip-hop history. His catalog is lined with noteworthy examples, with songs like the underrated “Pussy Killz,” the non-linear masterclass “Rewind,” the conceptually-charged “I Gave You Power,” and the historically reflective “Last Real N**a Alive.” Whether he’s recalling a fragmented memory with startling detail or building an entire track around a fleshed-out narrative, storytelling is one category that Nas has scored a ten on ten. On his brand new album King’s Disease II, he continued the tradition with another welcome dose of hip-hop history, “Death Row East.”
Nas released King’s Disease in August 2020. Hit-Boy served as an executive producer of the album, which featured guest contributions from Anderson. Paak, Big Sean, Charlie Wilson, Don Toliver, and more. King’s Disease earned Nas his 14th Grammy nomination and, ultimately, his first victory. He took home the Best Rap Album trophy over D Smoke, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist, Jay Electronica, and Royce 5’9″.
“Death Row East” closes out with a sobering moment, a snapshot of reality that really contextualizes the death of 2Pac Shakur. Consider that there were no internet headlines breaking the news, nor social media, or even a chain-reaction of text messages. For a number of hip-hop fans, the news of Pac’s death was broken by then-Hot 97 host Ed Lover, who announced the tragedy during a Nas concert of all places.
Those who listened to the song in its entirety heard Ed Lover’s announcement, which Nas used as a bookend. Imagine — hearing about the death of a rap superstar at a concert, and all the complex emotions that might surface given preconceived notions on Nas and Pac’s dynamic. In the full video, embedded below, Ed Lover stresses how certain things run deeper than rap. “You might have heard about a beef 2Pac got with Nas,” explains Lover, addressing the stunned crowd. “We can recognize a brother that passed away. I don’t give a fuck what 2Pac said on a record, no matter what he didn’t deserve to die that way.”
It’s a testament to Nas’ pen game that “Death Row East” has driven many to reflect on the past, and how things might have gone under different circumstances; when all is said and done, it’s songs like this that will ensure that hip-hop history is preserved.
Rest in peace 2Pac Shakur, and much respect to Nas for adding yet another compelling story to his expansive shelf.
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