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Not to be confused with Nostradamus.
For the title track, see Nastradamus (song).
Studio album by Nas
Released November 23, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:43
Label Ill Will, Columbia
Producer Nas (Executive) , Dame Grease, L.E.S., Havoc, Rich Nice, DJ Premier, Timbaland
Nas chronology
I Am…
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]

In 1998, Nas started recording his third album under the title I Am… 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.

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]

This album includes one of the earliest shots fired in the soon-to-be epic Jay-Z/Nas feud. On "What You Think of That" Jay's protege Memphis Bleek says "I'mma ball till I fall / What you think of that?" On Nastradamus' title track, Nas raps "You wanna ball till you fall? / I can help you with that / You want beef? / I could let a slug melt in your hat".

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 for The Hitmen 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:



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


  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" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  16. ^ " – NAS – Nastradamus". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  17. ^ " – NAS – Nastradamus". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  18. ^ "Nas – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Nas. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  19. ^ "Nas – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Nas. Retrieved November 12, 2013.


  • 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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