Instead of being received as Nas' 11th album, Nasir arrived in a blur of Kanye West's design. Since his heart- " Robert Christgau gave the album a one-star honorable mention () in his capsule-review column for Vice, singling out "Cops Shot the Kid" and "Everything" as highlights while crediting Nas for "bringing the knowledge, mixing in the sophistry, and dropping a laugh line he knows the boss [West] can't top: 'Everybody's saying my humility's infectious,' what a card". 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Youngblood, "Nas Claims 12th Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Nasir, "Hip Hop Album Sales: XXXTENTACION's "?" Nasir was met with generally mixed reviews from critics. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, known to one and all as Nas, is one of hip-hop’s best-known, most mercurial, and lyrically blessed figures ever to touch the microphone. Nas often sounds unenthused -- surprising given that most of the beats evoke a degree of agitation -- and is occasionally boorish, writing "pre-bate" and "slayed" into one couplet and detailing violent sex in another.  On June 12, West revealed a full tentative tracklist for the album, while the album title and cover art was revealed on June 14, a day before release.
The instant the EP-length set was issued, it slotted into place as the fourth volume of "the Wyoming sessions," a series of like-sized releases with West involved on every song, recorded primarily at a ranch rented by the producer.  In a review for Rolling Stone, Paul Thompson described the album as "a frustrating listen, with glimpses of greatness". The album features an appearance from Kanye West, as well as guest appearances from Puff Daddy, 070 Shake, Tony Williams, and The-Dream. Lands At #2 On Billboard 200 Following His Death", "Stream Nas' new Kanye West-produced project 'Nasir, "Nas Releases New Kanye-Produced Album Nasir: Listen", "Australian Charts: 5 Seconds of Summer Have A No 1 Album", "Nas Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)", Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nasir_(album)&oldid=984178975, Albums produced by Mike Dean (record producer), Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Album chart usages for BillboardRandBHipHop, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It follows the release of Pusha T's Daytona, West's Ye, and West's collaboration with Kid Cudi entitled Kids See Ghosts, and precedes the release of Teyana Taylor's K.T.S.E..  Nasir rose to No. She also believed the rapper's male gaze of women conflicted with the album's underlying theme of equality, while failing to address allegations of abuse by Nas' ex-wife Kelis: "It's a deeply troubling conflict on an album that manages to be so successfully woke on one level and yet so blatantly archaic on another". 7 songs.  The album dropped to the number 36 in its second week, earning an additional 14,000 album-equivalent units.  West later released an incomplete track listing of the five albums he was working on, revealing the Nas track "Everything". (All this on material released only a few weeks after ex-wife Kelis accused Nas of mental and physical abuse.) On that track, Nas evidently wasn't referring to Nasir, a set that could not have been complete, not with its references to later events, from Colin Kaepernick's protest of police brutality to the unlawful arrest of two black men at a Starbucks. He wrote that "Nasir is among the weakest Nas albums, but there’s nothing spectacular about its failure", describing it as "unfocused and unclear", however noted that "there are interesting flashes elsewhere on the album", praising "Everything" and "Adam and Eve", as well as describing "Cops Shot the Kid" as "cogent".
, American musician DJ Khaled's 2016 album Major Key featured a track titled "Nas Album Done" with Nas which announced the completion of his album.  Elizabeth Aubrey of NME wrote: "Whilst stylistically Nasir may well have plenty of strong moments, its contradictions make it a difficult, problematic listen: it’s the silences on here which so often deafen."
, A listening party for the album took place on June 14, 2018 in Queensbridge, New York City and was streamed via Mass Appeal's YouTube channel. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, known to one and all as Nas, is one of hip-hop’s best-known, most mercurial, and lyrically blessed figures ever to touch the microphone. Growing up in Queens, NY, Nas never really performed in big crowds—he kept to himself. Instead of being received as Nas' 11th album, Nasir arrived in a blur of Kanye West's design.
Nas established the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship at Harvard University to fund artists who demonstrate exceptional productivity and creative ability in hip-hop. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. The album is executive produced by West, and is the fourth of five seven-track albums West produced in what has become known as the "Wyoming Sessions", with each album being released weekly. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 58, based on 16 reviews.
Club, Colin McGowan praised Kanye West's "lavishly triumphant production" on songs such as "White Label" and Nas' political awareness on "Cops Shot the Kid" but observed filler in the "empty empowerment" of "Everything" and the "late-90s jiggy rap" of "Bonjour"; he concluded that Nasir was a less-than-definitive experiment for the rapper. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 58, based on 16 reviews.
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