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God's Son is the sixth studio album by American rapper Nas, released December 13, 2002 on his Columbia-imprint Ill Will Records. Production for the album took place during 2001 to 2002 and was handled by several hip hop producers, including Salaam Remi, Chucky Thompson, Ron Browz, and The Alchemist. Partly inspired by Nas's feud with Jay-Z and the death of his mother in early 2002, God's Son covers lyrical themes such as religion, violence, and his own emotional experiences. It has been recognized by music writers as a personal work by Nas.

The album debuted at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 156,000 copies in its first week. It ultimately peaked at number 12 on the chart and produced three singles that achieved Billboard chart success. Upon its release, God's Son received critical acclaim, with critics praising Nas' lyricism and viewing it as a progression from his previous work. On January 14, 2003, the album was certified Platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), following sales in excess of one million copies.

Nas's debut album, Illmatic (1994), received much acclaim, but his next few releases were considered to have a more commercial feel, which received criticism. Fellow New York rapper Jay-Z dissed Nas on "Takeover" from his 2001 album, The Blueprint. Nas responded with "Ether," a response to Jay-Z's "Takeover," elevating a heated feud. "Ether" was released on 2001's Stillmatic, an acclaimed album that signaled Nas' return to "hip hop prominence." Jay-Z later challenged Nas to a pay-per-view rap battle, but Nas rejected, and said: "Pay-per-view is for wrestlers and boxers. I make records. If Jay-Z wants to battle, he should drop his album the same day I do and let the people decide" referring to God's Son and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2 release.

After the release of Stillmatic, Nas spent time tending to his ill mother, Ann Jones, until she died of breast cancer in April 2002. Nas has described Jay-Z's disses during this time period as "sneak attack" because Nas did not want to record music while his mother was sick. Nas' mother died in his arms, and later served as inspiration for various songs on God's Son. At the time, Nas was nearing the end of his feud with Jay-Z, which also inspired the album's emotional and personal material. During 2002, fans and critics speculated that Nas was still willing to make commercial music as he started associating himself with artists from Murder Inc., a label distributing mainstream hip-hop. Irv Gotti, the head of Murder Inc. claimed that Nas might sign with him, and he said: "I will definitely be affiliated and I'll definitely be a part of , me and my brother Ja Rule." Nas soon appeared on "The Pledge (Remix)," a song by Ja Rule in which Nas hints at signing with the hip hop label.

By October, God's Son was expected to be released on December 17, with production from Salaam Remi, Large Professor and The Alchemist, as well as songs recorded with Ja Rule in Miami. Around the same time, a music video for the single "Made You Look" was being shot. In December, Nas appeared in the video for a 2Pac single, "Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)," a song of which an alternative version was later released on God's Son, featuring two verses from Nas and only one from 2Pac. On December 4, Nas decided to push up the release date for God's Son by a few days in order to prevent bootlegging. Commenting on this, he said, "God's Son is my most personal album and I poured my heart and spirit into it It's important to me that the fans hear my album the way I intended. When you buy a bootleg or pirate a download off the Net, you don't get the real thing. The sound sucks, the sequencing is wrong, you're probably missing some tracks, and you don't even get the artwork and CD bonuses."
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To say that Nasir Jones is back, would imply a distinct absence from the game, but with 3 albums released in little more than a year this is, undoubtedly, not the case. Following Stillmatic and The Lost Tapes (an album made up of previously un-released B side tracks) the 'King of New York'now brings his 6th studio album to the hip-hop table and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

The first single from the album "Made You Look" does the job it professes to do. This is raw hip-hop at its best with an uncompromising, head-nodding beat and ruthless hook. Definitely one for the clubs and car stereos. With "The Last Real N**** Alive", our narrator breaks down his entire career history, including his relationship with Biggie, and of course the famous but somewhat over-hyped beef with Jay-Z. "I Can" is a positive, inspirational track that assures kids that they can achieve their dreams.

Uncharacteristically, he's added a few star names to the roster, including current girlfriend Kelis on "Hey Nas". Alicia Keys also climbs on board for "Warrior Song" andman-of-the-moment Eminem contributeson "The Cross", although regrettably it falls short of his usual standard.

Having gained the respect from hip-hop heads Nas refuses to follow that well trodden road too many popular rappers inevitably end up taking (no names mentioned here!). Instead, God's Son takes us on a very different journey, one that's lyrically insightful, honest and reflective. Signifying personal growth and maturity as an artist, this 29 year old, Queensbridge rapper paints a vivid portrait. You get the feeling a distinct metamorphosis has taken place. It would appear Nasty Nas has long gone and now been replaced with a more philosophical and spiritual God's Son.

Mr Jones is going all out to return to his throne and reclaim his title. If his last three efforts are anything to judge by, I think we can say he's well on his way. Any competitors out there need to make sure they're keeping up with this Jones!

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