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Nas gets a tough rap when it comes to his choice of production. Over the years, he’s developed the reputation of picking uninspired, boring beats for his God-tier lyricism.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely understand the criticism, a lot of his albums have been held back by the quality of their production – I’m looking at you Street’s Disciple and Untitled. There’s no reason for Nas, with his status in the rap game and access to producers, to be rhyming over some of the beats he has in his career.

On the flip side, let’s not act like Nas hasn’t worked with some of the greatest producers of all time, and gotten the best work they’ve done on his albums.

So let’s get into it, here are the 50 greatest beats Nas has ever rapped on. These are songs on Nas albums only, I didn’t include guest verses because then the list would be double the size.

50. “Phone Tap”

Producer: Dr. Dre, The Glove

Album: The Album

Released: October 21, 1997

49. “Come Get Me”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Nastradamus

Released: November 23, 1999

48. “Stillmatic (The Intro)”

Producer: Hangmen 3

Album: Stillmatic

Released: December 18, 2001

47. “I Can”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: God’s Son

Released: December 13, 2002

46. “The Don”

Producer: Heavy D, Salaam Remi, Da Internz

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

45. “Just a Moment”

Producer: L.E.S.

Album: Street’s Disciple

Released: November 30, 2004

44. “Money Over Bullshit”

Producer: L.E.S., Wyldfyer

Album: Hip Hop Is Dead

Released: December 19, 2006

43. “Sly Fox”

Producer: stic.man

Album: Untitled

Released: July 15, 2008

42. “Can’t Forget About You”

Producer: will.i.am

Album: Hip Hop Is Dead

Released: December 19, 2006

41. “Death Row East”

Producer: Hit-Boy

Album: King’s Disease II

Released: August 6, 2021

40. “Bridging the Gap”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: Street’s Disciple

Released: November 30, 2004

39. “You’re da Man”

Producer: Large Professor

Album: Stillmatic

Released: December 18, 2001

38. “Back When”

Producer: No I.D.

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

37. “Cops Shot the Kid”

Producer: Kanye West, Andrew Dawson

Album: Nasir

Released: June 15, 2018

36. “Black Republican”

Producer: L.E.S., Wyldfyer

Album: Hip Hop Is Dead

Released: December 19, 2006

35. “Cherry Wine”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

34. “N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: I Am…

Released: April 6, 1999

33. “White Label”

Producer: Kanye West, Mike Dean, BoogzDaBeast

Album: Nasir

Released: June 15, 2018

32. “King’s Disease”

Producer: King’s Disease

Album: August 21, 2020

Released: Hit-Boy, Corbett, J. Pelham, Pat Junior, Cyanca

31. “Stay”

Producer: No I.D.

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

30. “Live Ni**a Rap”

Producer: Havoc

Album: It Was Written

Released: July 2, 1996

29. “Nasty”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

28. “One Time 4 Your Mind”

Producer: Large Professor

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

27. “Car #85”

Producer: Hit-Boy

Album: King’s Disease

Released: August 21, 2020

26. “No Introduction”

Producer: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

25. “Street Dreams (Remix)”

Producer: Trackmasters

Album: N/A

Released: October 22, 1996

24. “Doo Rags”

Producer: Precision

Album: The Lost Tapes

Released: September 23, 2002

23. “Loco-Motive”

Producer: No I.D.

Album: Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

22. “Queens Get the Money”

Producer: Jay Electronica

Album: Untitled

Released: July 15, 2008

21. “Get Down”

Producer: Nas, Salaam Remi

Album: God’s Son

Released: December 13, 2002

20. “2nd Childhood”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Stillmatic

Released: December 18, 2001

19. “Street Dreams”

Producer: Trackmasters

Album: It Was Written

Released: July 2, 1996

18. “Life’s a Bitch”

Producer: L.E.S., Nas (co.)

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

17. “Affirmative Action”

Producer: Dave Atkinson, Trackmasters

Album: It Was Written

Released: July 2, 1996

16. “One Mic”

Producer: Nas, Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen

Album: Stillmatic

Released: December 18, 2001

15. “I Gave You Power”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: It Was Written

Released: July 2, 1996

14. “The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)”

Producer: Q-Tip

Album: N/A

Released: May 31, 1994

13. “Represent”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

12. “Hate Me Now”

Producer: Nashiem Myrick & Carlos Broady for The Hitmen

Album: I Am…

Released: April 6, 1999

11. “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

10. “Halftime”

Producer: Large Professor

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

9. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”

Producer: Large Professor

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

8. “Thief’s Theme”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: Street’s Disciple

Released: November 30, 2004

7. “Nas Is Like”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: I Am…

Released: April 6, 1999

6. “One Love”

Producer: Q-Tip

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

5. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)

Producer: Large Professor

Album: N/A

Released: January 18, 1994

4. “The Message”

Producer: Trackmasters

Album: It Was Written

Released: July 2, 1996

3. “The World Is Yours”

Producer: Pete Rock

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

2. “N.Y. State of Mind”

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

1. “Made You Look”

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: God’s Son

Released: December 13, 2002

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