Nas’ ‘The Lost Tapes II’ Is a Grab Bag Set That Shows Every Side of the Iconic Rapper

Nas’ ‘The Lost Tapes II’ Is a Grab Bag Set That Shows Every Side of the Iconic Rapper
Nas, a rap great by any measure, has released four studio albums in the last 12 years — all ambitious, all restless, all with their own cohesive artistic thread. And despite none of them being as groundbreaking as his storied 1994 debut Illmatic or as narrative-grabbing as his 2001 return to form, every one of them is good-to-great. Even though last year’s Kanye West-produced 11th album, Nasir, got a somewhat lukewarm response, it still featured the phenomenal “Cops Shot the Kid,” which ultimately cracked the Billboard Hot 100. The Lost Tapes II, is
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