“King’s Disease” I+II Album Review

Review of old school rapper Nas’ latest albums; “King’s Disease” and its sequel, “King’s Disease II.”


Noel Castillo

King’s Disease II album cover displays Nasir Jones’ head and shoulders on an orange background. KD was released on August 21, 2020, with the sequel dropping nearly a year later on August 6, 2021. Nas’ rap career started around 1994 with “Illmatic” and the single “Halftime” and he continues to put out high quality music, no doubt pleasing and shocking long-time fans.

Noel Castillo, Features Editor

Following nearly 15 prior full-length albums, King’s Disease and King’s Disease II manage to be entertaining and exciting journeys packed with intriguing sounds and intense moments all throughout each song. Both the first album and its sequel have crisp-sounding production, pleasant and detailed samples and beats, unique and updated flows and lyricism, and an abundance of great performances from other talented artists’ features.

First, KD starts off strong with the intro track, which is also the title track. Once again, throughout the entire album the production is a mixture of soothing, grounded, mystical and straightforward beats that pair well with the artists chosen for the project. For example, “Replace Me” features Big Sean and Don Toliver, two impressive artists who deliver passionate vocals and verses. A few other notable features include Anderson .Paak, AZ, and Fivio Foreign. On the other hand, Nas’ sharp flow and lyrics on songs like “Blue Benz” and “The Definition” bring another necessary element that balances the track list out. 

KD II starts out a little slower than its predecessor, but sees a significant increase in quality about halfway through with “Store Run”, “Moments”, and “Nobody.” Because of a lack of other artists appearing on earlier albums, the surplus of artists appearing on Nas’ newest projects is a refreshing change. A couple of artists like Charlie Wilson and Hit-Boy featured on KD return to give the sequel a more cordial tone. Tracks like “Rare”, “Count Me In”, and “Nas Is Good” have especially chilling beats and classic accompanying remarks from Nas.

In brief, KD and KD II have production mirroring more modern beats per minute and instrumental styles, innovative flows and witty lyrics, satisfying drums and Nas embracing his role in the rap game as a mentor and a leader to aspiring rappers. Aside from minor issues like a few repetitive beats and janky flows or song concepts, KD and KD II are worth listening to. KD earns an 8.5/10 and KD II earns a 7.5/10.