As one of Rap’s original Scholars Nas blessed the game with his latest album drop for 2020. King’s Disease is the thirteenth studio album by Nas. It was released on August 21, 2020 through Mass Appeal Records. It succeeds Nas album Nasir, released two years prior in 2018.
Nas finds himself sitting on his appointed throne, looking over cultural excellence and shining a light on the world’s injustices. If he’s not rallying behind Black celebrities who are unfairly treated in the media (’10 Points’), then he’s toasting to Black pride (‘Ultra Black’) or putting his own career under the microscope (‘The Cure’).
The album is filled with this kind of lyrical proficiency, which demands high levels of dissection. ‘King’s Disease’ is culturally relevant body of work that finds its author willing to try out new ideas. There’s a genuine conversation to be had about whether it’s the best rap album of the year so far.
King’s Disease is an album where God’s Son taps into a current mood that everyone should be feeling. Especially during these drastic times of 2020, we all need to just hear some feel good music. He was able to possess that by Collaborating with super producer Hit-Boy. Hit-Boy, from Fontana, California, has produced hit songs such as “Drop the World” by Lil Wayne, “Sorry” by Beyoncé, and “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott as “Niggas in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Trophies” by Drake, “Clique” by GOOD Music and the Grammy-winning “Racks in the Middle” by Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch. HitBoy executive produced the album as well as contribution from Gabriel “G Code” Zardes.
The legend has tapped into an current all star cast and featured truly talented artists as some are arising. As these artists holds a unique sound, Nas allowed them to pay homage by giving their hearts into the music. You can hear throughout King’s Disease. The album features an appearance from The Firm, as well as guest appearances from Anderson Paak, A$AP Ferg, Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Brucie B, Charlie Wilson, Don Toliver, Fivio Foreign, and Lil Durk.