Street's Disciple (Dec. 7)

By EW Staff
Updated September 18, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Nas: Alex Tehrani/CPi

Why we can’t wait to hear Nas’ latest

To that rarefied club of rappers with double-disc albums (Wu-Tang Clan, 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., etc.), add Queens hip-hop legend Nas, whose eighth album is a massive 20 tracks. The set is one of his strongest, featuring the kind of existential hip-hop poetry and cold-blooded gangster vérité that made him rap’s rookie of the year back in 1994.