Nastradamus

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Nastradamus
Studio album by Nas
Released November 23, 1999
Recorded 1997–99
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:33
Label Ill Will, Columbia
CK-63930
Producer Dame Grease, Havoc, L.E.S., Rich Nice, DJ Premier, Timbaland
Nas chronology
I Am…
(1999)
Nastradamus
(1999)
Stillmatic
(2001)
Singles from Nastradamus
  1. "Nastradamus"
    Released: October 26, 1999
  2. "You Owe Me"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune mixed[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]
Entertainment Weekly A–[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
PopMatters mixed[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[8]
The Washington Post favorable[9]
Yahoo! Music mixed[10]

Nastradamus is the fourth studio album by American rapper Nas, released November 23, 1999 on Columbia Records in the United States. It was originally scheduled to be released as a follow-up album composed of material from recording sessions for his third album, I Am… (1999) on October 26, 1999.[11] Due to bootlegging of the material, Nas recorded separate songs for Nastradamus to meet its November release date.[11]

The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 232,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Nastradamus received generally mixed reviews from most music critics, and it has been regarded as Nas's weakest effort.[12] Despite its mixed reception, it achieved considerable commercial success and spawned two charting singles.[11] On December 22, 1999, the album was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[13]

History[edit]

In 1997, Nas started recording his third album under the title I Am…The Autobiography with intentions to be a double-disc album. Due to bootleg, he cut out some songs and released it as a single disc in 1999. Months later, Columbia Records decided to release the left out material as a follow up album, however Nas decided to record all new material under the title Nastradamus. Although some songs made their way to this album, only "Project Windows" and "Come Get Me" are certainly confirmed. On "Come Get Me" he evidently raps "Who ill as me? I wild on haters in album three", referring to his third album I Am... on which the song was supposed to be. The title of the album is inspired from the name of the famous French apothecary Nostradamus.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Prediction"   Rich Nice 1:19
2. "Life We Chose"   L.E.S. 4:08
3. "Nastradamus"   L.E.S. 4:11
4. "Some of Us Have Angels"   Dame Grease 4:15
5. "Project Windows" (featuring Ronald Isley) Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady 4:55
6. "Come Get Me"   DJ Premier 5:31
7. "Shoot 'Em Up"   Havoc 2:53
8. "Last Words" (featuring Nashawn) L.E.S. 5:31
9. "Family" (featuring Mobb Deep) Dame Grease 5:16
10. "God Love Us"   Dame Grease 4:37
11. "Quiet Niggas" (featuring Bravehearts) Dame Grease 4:57
12. "Big Girl"   L.E.S. 4:19
13. "New World"   L.E.S. 4:00
14. "You Owe Me" (featuring Ginuwine) Timbaland 4:47
15. "The Outcome"   Rich Nice 1:54
Total length:
62:33

Samples[14][edit]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1999) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 90
German Albums (Media Control)[16] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 92
US Billboard 200[18] 7
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 2
Singles
Year Song Chart positions[1]
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles UK Singles Chart
1999 "Nastradamus" #92 #27 #4 #24
2000 "You Owe Me" #59 #13 - -

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farley, Keith. Review: Nastradamus. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  2. ^ Baker, Soren. "Review: Nastradamus". Chicago Tribune: 14. November 28, 1999. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Nastradamus". The Village Voice: January 2000.
  4. ^ Diehl, Matt. Review: Nastradamus. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  5. ^ Baker, Soren. Review: Nastradamus. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-21. Note: Original rating at archived page.
  6. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia. Review: Nastradamus. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  7. ^ Powell, Kevin (2000-01-20). "Nastradamus". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  8. ^ Jones, Steve. "Review: Nastradamus". USA Today: 08.D. November 23, 1999. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  9. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Review: Nastradamus". The Washington Post: G.14. December 15, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21.
  10. ^ Carter, James. Review: Nastradamus. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  11. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. Biography: Nas. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  12. ^ Hoard (2004), p. 568.
  13. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Retrieved on 2008-08-09.
  14. ^ Rap Sample FAQ: Nas. TheBreaks. Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  15. ^ "NAS – Nastradamus". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "NAS - Nastradamus". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  17. ^ "NAS – Nastradamus". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  18. ^ "Nas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Nas. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  19. ^ "Nas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Nas. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 12, 2013.

References[edit]

  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 

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