"Nas Is Like" is the first single released in ’99 from Nas 3rd album “I Am…”. The song is the sixth collaboration between Nas and producer DJ Premier, containing a combination of braggadocios and introspective lyrics over a choppy string sample.
The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 470,000 copies in its 1st week of sales. I Am… would later be certified double platinum in the US, making it Nas' second best-selling release behind It Was Written. The single was positively received on a commercial and critical level, reaching number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 14 on the Canadian Singles Chart and peaked at number 3 on the Rap Songs Chart.
Nas is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time with the ability to create devastating match between lyrics and production, as well as creating a potent evocation of life on the streets. MTV ranked him 5th on the “10 Greatest MCs of All Time” in 2006 with The Source ranking him no.2 on the “Top 50 Lyricists of All Time”, and we couldn’t agree more.