Hip-hop icon Nas has faced a long stretch of irrelevance. 1994's Illmatic
is a regular contender for "Greatest Hip-Hop Album of All Time," but nothing he's done since has come close. Nas' newest album, Life Is Good
, isn't as good as Illmatic
(what is?), but it's good enough that now's the time to stop talking about the greatness of Nas' career in the past tense.