Stans: "He's the lyrical G.O.A.T. Even if Illmatic was his only good album, which it isn't, it's still better than your favorite rapper's entire catalog."
Haters: "That's a one-hot album every....let's see, 20-year average."

Reality: History aside, Nas is making music that makes sense for a 40 year-old. With Life Is Good, he showed his rap coevals that you can rap your age, even if you're aging. He wrote his thoughts about being a divorced dad deep into a rap career—and it came out genuine. For what has always been considered a young person's game, it will be interesting to see how other aging rappers follow in his footsteps, just like they did in the 90s.