For an album called Life Is Good, Nas has some unfortunate sounding song titles. “Accident Murderers” featuring Rick Ross, a song about hood life, discusses a accidental killer who takes credit for their shootings. The churchy arrangement makes it seem like Nas is preaching to those that kill and claim they’ve done it on purpose. “World’s An Addiction” contains a soulful chorus from Anthony Hamilton and explores the damaging vices of life. Featuring the late Amy Winehouse, “Cherry Wine” is about wanting a partner who is just like you. It’s the second duet between the two who had previously done a collaboration on her posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
But for all the tragic song titles, there are still ones that are inspirational. The old school “Reach Out” compares the life Nas used to have before he was famous to the one he has now. Mary J. Blige provides the hook which serves as the support for him in his life stuggles. And on the hypnotic “Where’s the Love”, which contains Middle Eastern influences, Nas questions the world of the younger generation. Cocaine 80s provides the mesmerizing hook.
Life Is Good contains songs about the hood life and the contrast of living wealthy but still struggling with everyday issues. Listeners will be able to relate but still listen to an insightful story about Nas’ life.