The 50 Best Songs of 2012

39. Nas "Daughters"

Album: Life Is Good
Producer: No I.D.
Label: Def Jam

Nas continued his evolution as a songwriter on Life Is Good, and penned a radio and street-friendly anthem for the fathers out there with daughters, rapping about his own experiences raising his teenage daughter Destiny. From her writing letters to a male friend in jail to her posting a picture of a box of condoms on Instagram, no subject is left untouched.

This was Nas letting his guard down, and showing an honest side of parenthood that is rarely heard on hip-hop records, and for that, we praise him. The No I.D. beat was fantastic, too. — DI

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