4. Ignore everyone who is trying to tell him to make Illmatic 2.
Nas is at a great point in his career right now. Illmatic is obviously still super celebrated by rap fans. But he doesn't have to create another classic to be respected. Looking back on it now, Life Is Good isn't even close to classic. But it was a really good album and was well received because it featured Nas creating a snapshot of where he was at in his life at the time and it didn't sound like he was trying too hard to be something that he wasn't. Nas isn't a teenager struggling for respect anymore. He's a 40-something MC with a business portfolio. That doesn't mean he needs to make a boring album. But he also shouldn't try too hard to be the same guy who made Illmatic.
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