The cover shot shows Nas about to drop a black rose into hip-hop's open grave. But this is more a wake-up call than a eulogy, as though he's saying hip-hop may be going down, but it's not going down without a fight from Nas, who pronounces it dead here with the passion (and nostalgia) of a true believer. In a title track built on the stoner-rock riff of the old Iron Butterfly hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," the man... More >>>