Produced By: L.E.S.
Album: Illmatic
Label: Columbia

Nasir Jones might have only been a bit past 19, but his mind was old. The chorus for "Life's a Bitch" was a raw proclamation made for the streets to feel, yet the sentiment was of someone twice the age: Celebrate life because death doesn't always provide fair warning. The joyous music is right for the occasion, since a grateful Nas speaks of waking up early on his born day and then proceeds to tell you to make the most out of your life. AZ did just that, turning an opportunity into a rap career with a thrilling guest verse that captured the imagination of the hip-hop nation. Adding pops Olu Dara on trumpet toward the end was icing on the cake.