Hip-Hop's 12 Winners of Summer 2012

5. Nas Hits His Creative, Commercial Stride

This summer, Nas scored his sixth No. 1 with Life Is Good, but the album was special for more reasons than commercial success. Nas spit emotional and mature rhymes that addressed his divorce from Kelis, his shortcomings as a father, and his life and career. In turn, he made his best album in years.

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