Date: December 2002

Released shortly after the death of his mother, God's Son was more than an attempt to prove that he was the King of New York in the wake of his beef with Jay Z and his monumental fifth album, Stillmatic. On several cuts, including "The Cross," "Mastermind," and "Last Real Nigga Alive," he referenced the KoNY title. But on songs like "Thugs Mantion" and "Dance" and "Heaven" he was thinking about bigger issues like life and death. The album as a whole served as a reminder of Nas' greatness for all those who ever doubted him.