Nas, Life is Good — July 17
In the case of Nasir Jones, a self-portrait was used as the face of his album, but the focus was hardly the “self.”
The cover is as follows: him sitting in an all-black room, dapperly dressed in a crème ensemble, holding a glass of bubbly, with his ex-wife Kelis’ iconic green wedding dress laid across his lap. There it is, the dress—a symbol of his joy temporarily turned sour – juxtaposed against the celebratory statement of his album, Life is Good.
He explained it all to MTV. “The cover is the blues,” he told them. “It’s really true to what I’ve been through. It just felt right. The dress bothered me in the house. It always bothered me and I thought about doing something with it. When we realized on the special that all she left was the green dress, it clicked right there. Some things you can’t plan, they happen.” This hard-core lyricist of a legend bared his vulnerability and showed that he, too, is human. This album was his “Aha!” moment, and he laid all his cards out on the table.